Churches pray for community leaders – Apr2013

Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye – Ponoka News After 11 years the Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast continues as a tradition of prayer and fellowship. Representatives and churches came to pray April 6 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, for leader Mayor Larry Henkelman’s, Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who was in attendance, and Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox. Calkins thanked everyone for coming and was grateful for their support. “I’ll need your prayers and your support and your guidance.” Mayor Henkelman feels these prayer breakfasts would not be possible without the work of the Ponoka Ministerial Association. “Ponoka is a better place to live because of the ministerial association.” He also introduced guest speaker Pastor Brian Thomson and a program called Home of Hope. “They’re looking after almost the population of Ponoka.” Attendees had the chance to hear how Thomson’s group, which helps impoverished women and children in Third World countries, has made changes around the globe. These Homes of Hope in Rwanda, India, Kenya and the Congo are orphanages for children. They are helping 4,000 children with a goal of 10,000. “Rwanda is the number 1 place in the world of children raising children.” Many of them do not have a home, were born with AIDS…

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Life-changing journey into the heart of Rwanda

By Erin Fawcett – Red Deer Express For Red Deer resident Brayden Thomson, a return trip to an African orphanage has proven to further connect him to the continent. He journeyed to Rwanda in August with a team of 18. The group visited Home of Hope Rwanda, which was spearheaded by the Red Deer-based Home Church. The mission supports orphans by linking them with families. Aside from the orphanage work, the ministry also educates people and provides job training. ‘Micro-loans’ have been granted for ventures in gardening, farming and the selling of used clothing, smoked fish and charcoal. Provision of food, clothing, education and Christian training are also at the heart of what local teams do when they travel to Home of Hope Rwanda. The work has grown tremendously since its inception. There are operations in nine places besides the city of Kigali. For Brayden, a youth pastor at Word of Life Centre (now Home Church), who had also traveled to Rwanda four years ago, a return trip only served to further deepen his burden for the troubled country. He also got to connect with his two sponsored children there – a touching part of the trip. “My favourite part was…

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Courage – The Country of Rwanda – Aug 2011

As I sit here in my comfortable chair, in my beautiful constructed home, in my nicely maintained neighborhood, thinking about going out later in my nice vehicle into a nicely established restaurant I can’t help but think of my friends in Rwanda and what they are up to. What is on the agenda for their day? What will they encounter today? And then I remember what I had seen and experienced while I was there… Courage… I know many pieces have been written about the word, the idea, the characteristic of it. But I feel like I have actually seen this word in action. I have seen it in action overseas in a country called Rwanda, in a people of great fortitude, strength, gentleness and graciousness. Quality people are somewhat hard to find these days but not so much in my experience in Rwanda. When I think of quality people I think of people like Jane our financial manager of Home of Hope. I think of Doreen our leader over the feeding program in Buhoro. I think of Emmanuel heading up the projects in Buhoro… especially the pig project. I think of Espeance who from nothing has risen to watch…

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The Beginning of Home of Hope

Brian Thomson’s initial contact with Rwanda came out of a conference he attended in spring of 2005. One of the presenters spoke to Brian about his future and about how she could see Brian working in Africa and specifically Rwanda. He was also approached by another individual, from the conference, who had contacts in Rwanda and knew how to get Brian there to speak in one of the largest churches in the capital, Kigali. Brian then spent hours of research on the country of Rwanda and submerged himself in the facts and culture of the Central African nation and the genocide that took place there. He discovered that it was the number one country in the world in need of orphan care. At that time there was a ratio of 1 orphan for every 13 people. All this was before he had even set foot in the country he has now fallen so deeply in love with. God had started to knit Brian’s heart with Rwanda. Anyone who knows Brian knows of his intensity. Intense work ethic, intense drive, intense faith, intense sense of humor and once you are his friend it’s for life. This intensity would serve him well in…

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