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Blake, Lindsey, Maddy, Jake and Molly Berry
Muraho!  The Holiday season is among us, although it doesn’t feel like it, in my shorts and flip flops!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!  Our Thanksgiving Day was a bit unusual since life here continues as normal, but we still took a break from our work to celebrate by going swimming, and thanks to technology, we were able to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  It was a wonderful family day.  On Saturday we celebrated Thanksgiving with a few other American and expatriate families, we all contributed food and had a wonderful time together!!  Overall, we have a lot to be thankful for this year, and Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect and remember to count our blessings in any way they
It’s hard to believe another 2 months has flown by for us!  For me (Lindsey), although I have finished with entering the historical data into Quickbooks for Ndengera Polyclinic, there has still been allot to do to make sure we have our account balances current, and that our reports are giving up to date, accurate information.  My next major task is writing a user manual for QuickBooks, separation of job duties, and additional trainings.  Along with my work at Ndengera and homeschooling, in true Lindsey fashion, since I’m not busy enough :), I started taking Kinyarwanda classes 2 evenings a week.  Language learning is HARD for me.  It’s completely out of my comfort zone, but for the first time, in all our years living off and on in Rwanda, I feel like I’m finally progressing in this language!  Amakuru?
Blake has been putting a lot of time into overcoming the electrical challenges at Ndengera.  It may seem like it should be done by now, but it’s a big task and SO important.  Can you imagine being in the middle of surgery and the power cutting?  Even after turning on the generator sometimes the power doesn’t come back on in the operating room.  Blake’s goal is to wire, re-wire, work, re-work and test each area, so that the power comes on in the places of highest importance when the power cuts and the use of the generator is needed.   As many as 30 countries in Africa have regular electricity outages because supply lags demand, and Rwanda, especially our area, is no different.
Additionally, Blake has been contacted by some long-term partners in Goma, DR Congo who have requested that he consult on a hospital project just across the border from where we live.  They are in the process of constructing the first phase of a new hospital and are facing many of the same challenges Ndengera has faced and need his expertise and advice.  Blake is spending much of his time traveling, between crossing the border to the DRC and also traveling to staying a few nights a week in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, looking for materials for both projects.
Many months ago, I shared with you about the food distributions we were doing in partnership with several churches.  We also shared with you about a Nazarene church which was damaged in the earthquakes after the eruption of the volcano happening at the same time.  Many of you were led to contribute to that and we are pleased to share that the repair work on that church has finally been completed.  This was possible because of YOUR contributions.  It took so long because there were some clerical issues with their registration documents and the government will not give a permit to build unless all documents are in order.  We kept postponing our update in our letters to you because the issues were supposed to be resolved quickly.
As we’ve settled into life here, especially since the volcano eruption, we’ve taken a lot of time processing through our options to make sure we have good contingency plans in place in the event of another unexpected event.  One great thing is that we have a vehicle, as transportation plays a big part in making sure we can move quickly.  We make sure to always keep the tank full of fuel and that it is regularly maintained.  Most Rwandans in our area plan to cross the border into Congo in case of a significant problem in Rwanda.  That is also our plan but currently only 3 of us (Blake, Lindsey and Maddy) have permanent Congo visas.  In order to purchase the remaining 2 visas, Blake would need to travel to Kinshasa, (Congo’s capital) and stay for a while, (it could be anywhere from a few days to a month, or longer), while he waits on application approvals, and passports in the immigration offices to be returned.
In order to make all of this happen, we need to raise $6000.  That sounds like a lot, but the visas alone are $1500 each (but that will ensure the entire family has a lifetime visa), plus travel funds, including contingency funds in case the passports get held up in processing. As the end of the year is just around the corner, we are asking if you would consider making an end-of-year tax deductible deduction?  On this #givingtuesday2021 would you consider contributing $5, $50 or $500?  Every donation is tax deductible and every little bit helps.  Your ongoing monthly support will also help with long term projects and sustain us while we are living here.  How are you called to help?  You may click the DONTATE NOW button on the bottom of this email.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family!! 
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