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Martha Vetter To Visit Rwanda

News--Martha Rwanda

The World Missions Team asks for your prayers for Martha Vetter as she travels to visit one of our world missions partners, The Dufatanye Organization (DO), in Nyanza, Rwanda, June 19 through July 13.

In the local language, Dufatanye means “joining together.” With God’s help, over one hundred nationals—regardless of ethnic differences—have joined together in remarkable ways to serve victims of the 1990s genocide, AIDS, and extreme poverty.

As you may know, Martha spent almost six years teaching Bible to 450 children at Sonrise School for Orphans in Rwanda. During that time, she came to know, love, and respect Godfrey Karema, Founder and Executive Director of the DO. You may have had the opportunity to meet Godfrey when he visited Charleston last year. We were impressed and truly struck by this humble, godly servant of Christ whom God is using in such meaningful ways.

The DO now employs seventeen Rwandan nationals who coordinate the many aspects of the ministry, from cultivating a 25-acre farm that includes 2500 banana trees, building houses for widows, managing fifteen fish farms, coordinating medical advocacy and health seminars, providing water sources, and now reaching out with the gospel and public health initiatives to five other impoverished villages deep in the bush. The DO has won several awards, most recently a $5000 3rd-place award (among 48 entries) for implementing “green” practices in its work.

Martha is on the DO’s Board of Directors, which helps to raise awareness and funds, and she serves as the US stateside representative and advisor to the leadership. While visiting Rwanda, she plans to teach Bible classes to adults and participate in an amazing outreach to five hundred children who attend the “Bible and Breakfast Club” on Saturdays. She will visit and encourage many of her “children” from her years teaching at Sonrise School, challenging them to remain faithful to Christ and His Word as adults. Often, drawing on her years as a registered nurse, she assists numerous adults and children with acute or chronic medical conditions.

Please pray for Martha’s protection as she travels: for wisdom and discernment, and gospel success in all of her interactions and ministry opportunities. Pray also for God’s anointing, that she will be the presence of Christ as she brings our love to our friends in Rwanda.