For these two months, I just have one word: lockdown, lockdown, lockdown—or is that two words? Anyway, that is it for this letter. Let me close with, please pray for . . . wait! After talking to the family, they said I should write a bit more.
Actually, we have stayed very busy getting the house in order. It is never easy to move into a new house here. There really are many things we take for granted in the States that you don’t find here.
So, I have busy fixing the house with caulking and plumbing and taking care of electrical problems that needed attention. At least the lights don’t spark anymore, and the burning-wire smell is now gone. I also put in rat-blocking to fill up the gaps at the bottom of the doors. Of course, a midnight visitor pushed me to do this. Then I got to build some kitchen shelves and a four-drawer cabinet for Angela, doing basically what most dads in the world are doing right now: fixing stuff that has been ignored. And the “Honey Do List” is shrinking!
I am also happy to get some work done on my office. I put up soundproofing and built shelves and a big desk. I plan to make it into a small recording studio. We still want to make a songbook in Kinyarwanda and get songs recorded to go along with new songs that most people have never heard before. For example, my church in Rwanda never heard the song “At Calvary.” It took weeks to teach it to them, and they now love it; but how will someone pick up a songbook and start singing a song they have never heard before?
We are rejoicing over 2 neighbor teens whom Caleb led to the Lord during the lockdown. He gave them a Bible, and they said they have been reading it. They came many times before lockdown to play basketball, but this virus really started them thinking about eternal things. We also had 8 saved before the lockdown and a few visitors to church.
Please continue to pray for us to get our permanent visas here, along with the registration for Mount Gerizim Baptist Ministries. Our May plane tickets got canceled, so at this point, we don’t know when we will be able to come back on furlough. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.
In His service,
Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof