Women’s Conference a Success – Guest Post by Alan Hotchkiss

New Life Threads helped to support a women’s conference in Kigali, Rwanda, this summer. Read this beautiful story written by Africa New Life’s Executive Director Alan Hotchkiss!

We are thrilled to report that the women’s conference you helped to fund recently was a remarkable success!

Over 2000 women attended the conference which took place over three days at Kigali Dream Center, home of Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. For many of these women attending this conference opened the door for them to visit the capital city of Kigali for the first time in their lives. Through your support, Africa New Life was able to provide transportation for them to travel from remote villages where several live in homes with dirt floors and no electricity.

Beaming as they entered the sanctuary, woman after woman raised their hands high to heaven, celebrating the goodness of God.

The conference, featuring powerful worship and speakers from Rwanda and England, focused on helping women overcome their fear through gaining a better understanding of who they are in Jesus Christ and how they can access his power through prayer.

In the days following the conference, Agnes, a mother of three from the rural community of Bugesera, began to think differently about how to deal with her struggles. Upon returning to her home, she realized that her supply of food was almost completely depleted. With no job prospects and three hungry mouths to feed, she remembered what she heard at the conference, laid down on her dirt floor and cried out to God for several hours. She had never prayed that way before, and God heard her desperation. The next day, a group of missionaries from Africa New Life, not knowing her situation, stopped by her house with an entire month of food supplies. Agnes’ situation and her prayer life have been transformed as a result of this conference, which happened in part because of your purchase. Thank You!

How You Blessed Child-Led Homes

Besides supporting jobs and the New Life Family Center programs, New Life Threads likes to support special projects. Africa New Life suggested we give a portion of sales to child-led homes and last Easter we were able to bless six families thanks to your support. We were recently able to secure some photos and a report from Rwanda. Since you helped, please take a moment to hear their stories…

Namahoro Vestine is in grade six at Kigali infants’ primary school. She is a total orphan who has lost both of her parents. She stays with her two elder sisters who never had a chance to go to school at all. “Thank you for the food, she says. “May God bless you all.”

Mutesi Peace and Kemirembe Alice live by themselves as their mother died and the father has abandoned the family. They say, “Thank you so much for thinking about us and sending a gift to us. We are happy for the food.”

Ruth is a young girl who is HIV positive. She is an orphan who has lost both parents. She was abused sexually after the death of her parents. She stays with her one brother. “Ruth appreciates a lot for the Easter gift you sent to her.”

Ndayisaba Fred lost both his parents when he was still young. He stays with a friend. “Fred is thankful for the gift money you sent to him. He enjoyed his Easter.”

Celestin, Danny and Dickson are three boys who live together and are total orphans.

They are not brothers, but they came from different places and formed one family.

Isindiyitesi Sharon is the oldest in her family. She lost her father but the mother is living with HIV and is “ever sick due to medicine she takes every day and no food to eat because they live in a refugee camp of Kigali.”

Your support of New Life Threads made this impact possible. Africa New Life says “First and foremost, thank you so much for the gift you sent to these poor children. They were all very happy to receive the support and their Easter was really great.” Thank you!