Umucyo and New Life Threads

Our friend and New Life Threads ambassador Betsie Everritt is working diligently and faithfully in Kigali with the seamstresses at the Umucyo Sewing Co-op. Here’s an update from Betsie about her life as a missionary and co-op director in Rwanda!

As of late…

A while back, I attended a Q&A-type meeting for ”long-termers”, people dedicated to living in the mission field indefinitely, and was given a piece of advice that has stuck with me during my time here:

“Find reasons to celebrate. There are so many things about living here that are difficult, and you’ll be surprised at how often you feel like you just need a “win”. So, even if it’s seemingly insignificant or small, just do it. At every opportunity, rejoice over the “small” things, because they’re not small. They matter, and they’ll get you through the hard things.”

As a naturally pessimistic person, getting into this habit has been hard for me. I tend to sweat the small stuff, not celebrate it. But over the past few weeks, I’ve really started to understand this concept of celebrating. The Lord has graciously given me moment after moment of seeing him at work in the hard things of this life. When I’ve been frustrated at constantly feeling like an outsider, he’s sent a stranger to give me a wave and a smile. When I’ve felt hopeless and stressed, he’s sent encouraging words from my co-worker, Paulin. When I’ve spent the morning crying over not knowing God’s plan, he’s sent his word to reassure me.
While at home in the States, I started a Bible study with some good friends, reading Discerning the Voice of God. I’ve continued reading this book since my return to Rwanda, and it has been one of the most helpful resources I’ve ever used in my walk with Christ. Here’s an excerpt:

“To look toward each day and every moment in it with the knowledge that God had invaded its space and was eager to communicate with me so that I could join Him in His efforts.” -Priscilla Shirer

So, I’ve decided to give ya’ll a list of things that I’d love for you to celebrate with me!

  • I got my work VISA! It’s valid for the next 2 years, and it feels like I’ve won a golden ticket.
  • Umucyo has a logo and an Instagram account! I’ve actually been able to start my marketing plans for them.
  • I’m designing for my own personal line, Betsie Jane! I’m working with one of the seamstresses from last year through New Life Threads to try and see how it goes.
  • I’ve been able to get new clients and buyers for Umucyo! We’re starting small, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I can’t thank you enough for your prayers concerning these things and many others. You’ve truly been an integral part of this journey and God’s work in it. THANKS! and praise God for his grace and favor.

- Betsie Everritt

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