Mamajojo's Muse

"Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say; here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58: 6-11

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ahhhhhhh! School's Out for Summer!
And summer promises to be interesting...

On July 2 I leave for Rwanda with some of my favorite people!
Amy and Ally are former students from Penn Central Middle School.
Ally's friend, Lauren, is joining us, and (Hooray!) Ally' mom, Diane, is coming along too.
They are all kindred spirits, "of the tribe of Joseph," (Anyone know that literary reference?!), and I am honored to introduce them to Africa.

Here is our itinerary as planned by ALARM, our host organization. If you don't know ALARM, check out their website at They do amazing reconciliation and peacemaking all over eastern and central Africa, and they started the school we will visit, the Institute of Women's Excellence (IWE)

Rwanda Schedule, 2011
July 3 Arrive in Kigali - Etheopian Air #0807 - 12:15pm arrival
Travel from Kigali to Rwamagana (IWE)
Dereva Hotel

July 4 IWE
Dereva Hotel

July 5 IWE
Dereva Hotel

July 6 IWE
Visit Memorial
Dereva Hotel

July 7 5 Travel from Rwamagana to Kigali
3 depart to Uganda
2 stay in Kigali
Hotel in Kigali - ALARM Center

July 8 Kigali- Visit Ntarama Memorial and Kigali Memorial
Hotel in Kigali - ALARM Center

July 9 Kigali- Visit Kabuga Project
Hotel in Kigali - ALARM Center

July 10 2 Depart from Kigali

After our writing project with IWE, Diane, Ally, and Lauren will go to Uganda for a few days, and Amy and I will continue on in Rwanda, visiting projects and seeing the work of ALARM. Then we will all meet up again in Tanzania for a game park tour with more Penn Central alumni, the Keefe Family. We will spend a few more days in Arusha, and then Amy and I will be in Dar es Salaam for 5 days after all the others go home.

On July 24 Amy and I will arrive back at Dulles airport, to relax for the rest of the summer!

You can add your prayers for safety, health, and for our project to make a lasting difference for the girls of IWE.

1 comment:

  1. Anne of Green Gables! Have a safe and wonderful trip! Wasalimia wote! It was great seeing you this spring and I hope we'll get more time to visit later on. I finished my novel draft and it's out at beta readers, so maybe that part of my life will move forward soon! I'll be thinking fondly of you as you travel back to see some old familiar places (and some new ones!) Safari njema!