|Welcome to Kimisagara. Watch your step.|
|Because of this compassion.|
|Because of Anasis.|
|Because my husband's heart broke. And mine was already in pieces for Ismail.|
|Because of my boys.|
It became very clear during our time at Kimisagara that God had big plans for us. For once, I didn't have words. I couldn't write and I couldn't put my finger on it. Ryan had a full heart and a much more clear vision for what work needed to be done.
Dieudonne and I agreed that we would wait one week. During that week we would pray and we would listen to God for direction. That was Thursday. By Saturday morning (7AM, we were still on East Africa time), he was texting me about the kids. Here we are, a week later. This is what we've got.
IMANA KIDS FOUNDATION.
We have a name. A 501c3 submitted. 3 conference calls, a lot of cell phone minutes and an inbox full of God screaming "YES!THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!" in the form of agencies, partners, mentors and people that know more than us. We also have our team. Dieudonne, Kayla, Ryan and I spent today getting coached by His Chase . We are ready to share our mission:
- That every child of Kimisagara Orphanage shall know that they are a child of God (1 John 1:3)
- Every child of Kimisagara will receive the best education for them.
- That basic needs including clean water, food and shelter are met.
What makes us different then every other non-profit? It isn't us that is different. It's Peter, Claude, Ismail, Issa and Gloria. It's how Inasis stopped kicking around a ball to pick up a crying toddler. It's about how these kids can sit on their dirt play space and overlook the world; hearing and seeing the schools and homes and safety that is all out of reach. And yet they wrote this:
To be honest, we are overwhelmed but incredibly encouraged and confident. The plan is written and it's big. Our goal is to have every child over the age of 10 sponsored and in a boarding school by the first week of January (when the new school year and term start). Sponsors will have the option to visit their child each summer with Ryan and me. We also plan to have an option for those that have excelled academically and socially to participate in an exchange student program here in Council Bluffs. Ryan's school has been DHS approved and the initial I-20 documents are ready. Room for more, right?
It's a lot. It's going to require some launch parties, some return travel to Rwanda, a lot of prayer and a ton of support from our community. Kayla, D, Ryan and I are confident that our community is big. We are the body of Christ and we are commanded to do this. So let's go.
PS Website up soon. Invites in the works.