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Challenges and Miracles

Editors note: This just in from Kae Neufeld, Mackensy Cumin and Susan Dueck who are in Rwanda to help deliver healing retreats to YEGO recipients. It’s so perfect, and has such a beautiful lesson of patience and gratitude, that I reproduce it here in its entirety.

Challenge: The van needed air in the tires before we headed south to the Retreat Centre.

Miracle: We found a service station with a working air pump after only the third try.

Challenge: After about an hour and a half on the road our ride turned very bumpy.

Miracle: On the narrow road with no shoulders we were next to a turn out.

Challenge: We had a very flat tire.

Miracle: Jimmy our driver is a mechanic.

Challenge: The back of the van was piled high with our luggage and retreat supplies.

Miracle: When we unloaded everything and got at the spare tire it had air in it.

Challenge: We now needed a new tire because the spare was a small one for short trips only.

Miracle: The next service station was nearby.

Challenge: They had no tires.

Miracle: The fellow there hopped onto the back of a motorcycle and guided us to a station that had tires.

Challenge: They had tires here but there was no one who could sell us one.

Miracle: Jimmy, our driver, had a friend in the next village who could help us.

Challenge: In our rush to get a tire we were stopped by the police for speeding.

Miracle: Emmanuel, in his own words, humbled himself and pleaded our case, saying we were extremely sorry and that we would not speed again. No ticket.

Challenge: To meet up with Jimmy’s friend.

Miracle: We found him and the shop had a tire.

Challenge: We had to unload all the luggage again to get at the tire and put the spare tire back.

Miracle: The ground was dry so our luggage did not get dirty.

Challenge: The back door of the van would not stay up.

Miracle: Mackensy was tall enough to hold it up while all the unloading and loading took place.

Challenge: The used tire that was available had some holes.

Miracle: Plugs were inserted and the tire held air.

Challenge: We were two hours late for lunch at the Retreat Centre.

Miracle: There was a lovely hot lunch waiting for us.

 We are blessed. Mackensy, Susan and Kae

Changing tire

Luggage

Mackensy holding door

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