Our First Home Assignment

We arrived in Ontario on March 25th to begin our first three-month Home Assignment.  After meetings at CBM and speaking in Kanata Baptist Church, we began our trek west on April 3rd.

We have seen spring arrive and the landscape change.  We have enjoyed spending time with family, visiting churches, resuming conversations with friends and past coworkers, and meeting many new friends.  We have seen so much of Western Canada that sometimes it feels like we are on our own “Amazing Race Canada”!

Palm Sunday at Broadway-First Baptist Church in Winnipeg included two services, one in English and the other in Kinyarwanda.

We visited many churches and individual supporters in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, stopping in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, Yorkton, Saskatoon, Regina, Asquith and Prince Albert.

Our friend from Rwanda, Andre, arrives in Canada! Although we had different schedules for most of Andre’s time in Canada, we had an opportunity to repay the Rwandan hospitality that we have received over the past two years, by briefly hosting Andre Sibomana in Saskatoon.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank Growing Project   

We caught up with Andre and Adrian Gardner (CBM Discipleship Programs Facilitator) again in Brownfield, AB, where we arrived just in time to ride along as the farmers finished seeding the field for the CFGB Growing Project.   It was very interesting to see the same conservation agriculture principles that are taught in the Food Security Project in Rwanda, applied on a larger scale and with very different technology.

Below is a link to a video taken by Jordan Webber during our afternoon in Brownfield.  If you look close, you can see Andre Sibomana on the left in the tractor cab.

https://youtu.be/5y2yKB1Ej8Q

Missions Sunday at West Vancouver included handmade welcome cards from the children.

Warmly welcomed at Nanaimo First Baptist Church

Last speaking engagements

We have three more speaking engagements on our schedule before a few days vacation and then a week to prepare for our return to Kigali.   If you have not had a chance to hear our presentation, we will be sharing at:

  • First Baptist Church Cranbrook on June 11th at 10:30 am (328 14th Ave S, Cranbrook)
  • First Baptist Church Lethbridge on June 12th at 7 pm (1614 5 Ave S, Lethbridge)
  • 15:5 Church on June 18th at 10:30 am  (they meet at Willowgrove School, 805 Stensrud Road, Saskatoon)

Our last day in Canada is July 3rd, when we fly back to Kigali.

Thanks and Prayer Requests

Thank you very much to the individuals and churches who have welcomed us, hosted us and encouraged us.  And a special thanks to family and friends who have set their schedules aside, so that they could spend time with us.

Please pray:

  • That those who hear about what God is doing in Rwanda through CBM and the AEBR would be encouraged, touched and inspired
  • For safety as we continue to travel east through British Columbia and Alberta before we return to Saskatoon
  • And for renewed energy to finish our Home Assignment well and to prepare for our return to Rwanda

 

About Ken & Wendy Derksen

The Derksens joined CBM as Field Staff in Rwanda in 2014, and will be working primarily on capacity building with CBM’s partner the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda (AEBR). As a Certified Management Accountant, Wendy is engaged in financial training and administrative management. Ken consults with the AEBR with a particular focus on providing support for community development projects and acting as a resource in facilities management.

Learn more about the Derksens