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Happy Christmas from the King Family!
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Merry Christmas! 

This Christmas season finds us with our hearts (and house) full, after the arrival of Caleb Jr and Lydia, and Sara and Hannah, joining Moses, in Kigali. Soon we'll be expecting my (Louise’s) brother and nephew from Tanzania.
We have been living here in Kigali, with Caleb making frequent visits to Musanze, since late August. It’s been a bit of a culture shock-there are so many cars. I was remembering when we first moved to Shyira in 2003, I would sometimes go for a month at a time without getting into a car! But Rwanda is a different place now, and our role as missionaries is different as well. We are still “salt and light” in an impoverished country, but more than ever we are in a role of equipping Rwandans in the areas of the church, medicine and development. 

Yes, we learned how to take Selfies in 2016! On the left, I am with a medical student at the Rwandan Medical Student Association meeting, where I was asked to be on a special discussion panel. 
On the right I am giving a special mosquito proof blanket, one of many generously donated by the inventor of these blankets, to a handicapped student. Malaria is on the rise again in Rwanda, so this is an especially useful gift. 
The Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Rwanda asked that I teach medical students and residents in one of the major teaching hospitals in Kigali. It’s a great experience for me, to be able to mentor these young doctors and students. They really keep me on my toes! I remember an example Dr. Paul Brand once gave: he commented that his medical students examined patients just as his own teacher had. When he  mentioned this, the students laughed and said no, they examined patients just as he (Dr. Brand) did! It’s my hope that, as my students imitate me, they are in reality imitating My Teacher, who teaches me so much. 
 
Caleb has been busy, working on  developing a new hydro project, and also starting to make fiberglass pipes for it. It has involved a lot of labor and prayer, but he’s still keeping at it! Things look promising, but the proof will be in the starting. He has a multicultural team-a South African construction manager, a senior Nepalese engineer, a young engineer from Alabama, and a Rwandan office staff. All together, they start the day at the office with prayer.
Outside work, he is still the head of the Lay Christians at the Anglican church. He is delighted that Pastor Samuel Mugisha will be our new bishop; Caleb first met him as a theology student in Kampala in ‘99.
Caleb also is the Kingpin (had to have one pun!) in our outreach to orphans and other vulnerable children. He is in the photo above with children at Sonrise School, which has been providing excellent education for deserving students for over a decade. On the left, intern Daniel shows some visitors the Musarara hydroelectric plant.  
 We are still supporting many vulnerable children-75, at last count, from kindergarten to university, with support ranging from books and supplies, to full tuition, to full living expenses for the most vulnerable. Thanks to many of you who have made this support possible. Pictured above are 3 vulnerable children, who enjoyed some refreshment at our house, and turned it into "hat day."On the right, is a young boy earnestly coloring in Sunday School on Easter. 
Caleb has been able to hire several of the students in the hydroelectric project, and hopes to hire more as soon as the new projects start. One of our students wrote us, “When God makes a way, I will do the same you are doing.” That is our hope. 
Our children in 2016:
Caleb Jr attended CDC camp in the summer,(where his photo was taken) and is active in the East African Model UN at Rift Valley Academy where he is in 11th grade. 
Lydia is actively breaking the glass ceiling in 8th grade at RVA, sometimes by flying through it, as Tinkerbell (her costume at RVA Carnival). 
Moses became a US Citizen, and finalized the deal by getting braces! He still loves Boy Scouts and he is pictured here in his Scout uniform. 
Hannah graduated from Rift Valley Academy and is thriving at Wheaton College. She has joined the Wheaton Mock Trial team. Having 4 siblings prepared her well for debating!
Sara spent the summer with us in Rwanda and is spending a semester in Paris with a great host family-quelle chance! She is pictured here at the hospital in Ruhengeri, where she worked this summer. 
Our prayers are for our two countries: we pray for peace and unity in both Rwanda and the US.  “How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Please pray for us:
  • For our children, as they grow up and fly further and further from home. We are thankful that Moses is still at home, and Caleb Jr and Lydia are not too far away; pray that they all continue to do well in school.
  • For Caleb’s projects-that any barriers to starting will be removed, and for the team’s growth.
  • For me (Louise)-that I would be an effective teacher and a godly mentor in my work.
May the Peace that Passes All Understanding Be With You and Your Loved Ones this Christmas, Louise and Caleb
 
For more photos and stories, check out our blog at www.thekingsatshyira.wordpress.com
For email: calebkking@yahoo.com, louiserking@gmail.com
 For donations, to support our work and ministry:
Bridge2Rwanda (specify for Caleb and Louise King’s Ministry)
PMB #322
1818 N. Taylor St., Ste. B
Little Rock, AR 72207
or online at http://www.bridge2rwanda.org/invest and scroll down to Caleb and Louise King
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