For those who don’t know us ~~~ Ray and I (Mary Anne) are Canadian. We came to Burundi in 2002 at the end of a long civil war that was still going on in the country. We came for three months to serve a friend who has a children’s home and a school she started for the orphans in her care. We are still here!
Some would classify us being in our senior years which we are however God doesn’t see mature age as the end of the story. It seems that everything that has ever happened in our lives is for this time.
The greatest cost in leaving Canada was leaving our two wonderful daughters, their husbands and our now fifteen grandchildren. Their support for all these years has been a real strength. The support of our church family (VCF) in Vernon B.C. during these many years has been amazing. More recently many other friends throughout different churches and communities have began to share the interest and support of what we are involved with here in this region of Africa. Words are not adequate to express our thanks.
In 2004 there was a massacre on the border of Burundi and E.Congo. God spoke to us about taking a little 3 month old boy who survived into our lives to raise as our own. His name is Boss David. He has been a joy to us and a gift.
We helped to raise funds to secure a building for the children and widows who survived the massacre. It was at this time we began our relationship with our friend Pastor Ruben and his wife Joli (Mama Be a)who are refugees from E.Congo. It is a privilege to serve along side them facilitating care, education and support for widows and orphans as a result of the ongoing war and insecurity in this region of Africa.
We are building a training centre on a recently purchased piece of land on the Ruzizi plain in Congo.
The vision for this land is a place for training (discipling) people in different areas of education. Training teachers, pastors and family is one of seven pillars we see as vital for the ongoing building into the country. Building hope through an attitude of serving is our main focus. On the land we have in the mountains of Congo we have land where agriculture is being developed, children’s homes being built, a school and projects to help the people provide for their families and the many orphans.
Over all this is the connection with the churches we are in relationship to in these communities.