Linked with Love is Pearce’s partnership with the Nzige Preschool: located on a hilltop in southeastern Rwanda, Africa. In Kinyarwanda, the language spoken in Nzige, “We are linked with love” is translated “Duhujwe n’urukundo.” This school helps more than 300 children, between the ages of 4-7, prepare for public school. Started only a couple of years ago by the Free Methodist congregation in Nzige, the preschool is making a significant impact on families with young children.
Pearce families are asked to consider making a commitment to sponsor a child from the school. To date, more than 100 children in Nzige have been sponsored by families at Pearce, but there are still children waiting for sponsors. If you would like to join other families from Pearce and support one of these children in Nzige, you may contact the Pearce Church office at 594-9488 at any time and ask for more information. Those choosing to sponsor a child will commit to monthly financial support ($30 per month), regular prayer support, and occasional communication with the child to encourage them in their studies and in their walk with Christ.
A team of educators from Pearce Church traveled to Rwanda in February 2016, to spend a few days at the Nzige Preschool. The team observed the teachers “in action” in their classrooms to better understand the school’s curriculum as well as developed relationships with the teachers and staff. The trip helped identify ways in which Pearce may assist the preschool staff in their vocational development. A team composed of four experienced educators visited Nzige in August of 2016 to provide workshops and training for the teachers at the preschool.
Another team of educators traveled to Rwanda in February 2017, to provide teacher training for the staff of the school in Nzige, Rwanda. This was the fourth team sent from Pearce to Nzige since our Linked with Love partnership began in 2015. You can stay connected with all that’s happening on the Linked with Love facebook page: facebook.com/Linked with Love/Pearce FM Church.
Children who attended our VBS program in June 2017 raised money for Nzige. Below is an excerpt from Pastor Wally’s Dangling Conversation regarding that and future teams scheduled to visit Rwanda:
There have been quite a few emails going back and forth between North Chili and Nzige, Rwanda over the past several days. We’ve been sending Ephaste, the Rwandan director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM), videos from last week’s VBS. We’ve also been confirming details of two upcoming VISA teams to Nzige. Pastor Jeremy and I will visit Nzige in August (August 7 – 17), and a team of teachers from Pearce 4 Kids will be heading over in February 2018. The Linked with Love partnership is thriving!
The primary classroom building is being finished now that, thanks to you, construction has been fully funded. Last week, the children at VBS raised $1,610.93 to help fund the construction of new bathrooms for the students. The remainder of the cost of this $3,300 project is being covered with funds raised through this past April’s Mission Garage Sale.
Ephaste wanted us to know that our partnership is deeply appreciated by the families, so he sent this photo of the children holding a thank you banner near the construction site.
Thanks for your generosity towards this community in southeastern Rwanda.
Our partnership with the Nzige preschool in Rwanda was highlighted in the International Childcare Ministries October 2015 newsletter. You can find that article here: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/
This partnership is the result of the work of Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team, a group committed to helping our congregation to be involved in Kingdom work, both at home and around the world.