“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.” (I Peter 3:14) Well, I can honestly say that this verse is much easier to read than it is to live. In all of this trouble we are now in, all I can say is, “God, You are still in control.”
After a delay, we got the court decision in June for our radio saying we lost. However, there was NO explanation of anything—NO statement showing WHY we lost. Just—we lose. Even a novice could understand that this decision is corrupt! We already made an appeal to the next court and are waiting for them to accept.
I thank Christian Radio International, which sent $1,650 to cover half of the lawyer fees for the appeal. They ask for others to match what they sent. They are truly doing a great work starting and helping Christian radios all over the world. I hope you support them also.
We have taken many trips to Burundi to get things going there, but we have NOT been able to get permanent visas to enter. Also, there has been NO good development for getting approval for a radio—the Director just constantly says to wait. We follow all the requirements he asked for, but he NEVER comes to a decision. I hear Burundi is also starting to close churches like Rwanda did. The Burundi door is closed.
And sadly, the Rwanda door is also closing. When we went to renew our visas, we paid for two-year visas, but they only gave us two-month visas. We appealed to the Director, and we got a final answer: We are being kicked out of Rwanda. Try to logic this out: Church–illegally closed. Radio –illegally closed. So now, because we are “not doing anything,” they cannot give us visas. We decided to move to Uganda, and we should be there by the next letter. And yes, if we are in Uganda, the radio can still be restarted in Rwanda if we win the court case.
Finally, thank you for praying for my 19-year old son Caleb. He collapsed in a store with very severe heart pains and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. He has been to the hospital many times now. They found nothing, but he continued to be in pain. We found an old doctor from Indonesia who put him on blood pressure medicine, and he is doing SO much better now.
A bit of good news: In our spare time, we have been working on a new songbook for Rwanda, and we have about 80 songs done so far. It is very time-consuming to type in all the music and have my guys put in the Kinyarwanda words. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.
A. Copied statement from my lawyer
B. Copied statement from RURA lawyer
C. Then ONE sentence from the judge: “Because of A and B above, Amazing Grace Christian Radio loses.”
In His service,
Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof