Saturday, November 02, 2013

Official 'Ceremony de Passage'

This week Les Ailes de Refuge threw a big party.

We invited the local authorities in Yako, especially all of the services who we work with on a daily basis. We invited local pastors, all of our employees and children, as well as local friends.

Two tents, chars, and benches were set up.

Several of the children from the orphanage prepared a special song for the ceremony.

Speeches were made by all, including our own Achille!

Our ladies and several others from church prepared a lovely meal.

And the ceremony started with speeches and kind words and blessings to all. Mike was established as the new director of the Yako project and I am released to go and start a new work in Kimini.

Some things are so bitter-sweet. . . .
It was so good to see so many friends and to share this day of celebration with them. But, it was also very hard to be saying goodby to so many people that I have grown to love so much. Through the good times and the hard times, deep relationships are formed. Yako, and the children and people of Yako, will forever be in my heart.

And now. . . . my heart and attention can turn South and towards the small village of Kimini.

 Today, Linda and I started shopping through a list of basic things that we will need to set up housekeeping including a new water filter. We also each got a haircut before moving into the African bush!

Just a few things remain to take care of and soon we will be loading up the car and heading South. Much more to come. . . .


Charlotte M. said...

Bless you ,dear ones! May the Lord prosper His work and heart in Kimini as well as Yako!

Lise Daumler said...

Bless you on your new adventure Ruth. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Our prayers are with you!

Jo Ann said...

I fondly recall the early days of taking the first children into your home, Ruth. Look what the Lord has done in Yako through prayers, tears, persistence and sweat. I think of the years you spent alone and how God brought others with varying gifts to accomplish His plans. I think of your pioneer spirit . . . and it gives me anticipation for the stories we will hear out of Kimini. May God bless you greatly as you embark on this new journey.

Elizabeth Griffin said...

Hi! I am wondering what group you work with? My husband and I are looking into adoption from Burkina Faso. Do you have any agencies you know of working there?

We were in the process of adopting from Uganda, but the program is now closing. I know God will lead and provide every step of the way.

Thank you for any help you can give!

Elizabeth Griffin