Today (February 27th) is my nephew, Sam's, 12th birthday!! What an amazing blessing it has been to watch him grow over the past 12 years into the sweet young man that he is today! I have created this group to ask for your prayers, and possibly your financial support. It was about a year ago when Sam decided to support "Reach The Children of Rwanda International" (RCRI) through his local church in Rock Hill, SC by raising over $500 at his 11th birthday party (in lieu of gifts). God has now put a desire in his heart to travel to Rwanda on a mission trip with this parents, Melanie and Greg Gardner where he will have the opportunity to teach the children of Rwanda about Jesus through a week long Vacation Bible School (VBS), volunteer at the school (Nyabihu Christian Academy), as well as visit with local families in their homes.
In the Rwanda villages, there is severe poverty where modern day slavery is still continuing and often times the men, women and children are mistreated, malnourished and uneducated. RCRI exists to provide education to break the cycle of poverty, access to healthcare for healthy development, nets and mattresses for safe bedding, individual discipleship from pastors and teachers, job training for parents, protection from exploitation, and above all the love of Christ poured into each child’s life
RCRI was founded by Benjamin Mushuhukye (pictured with Sam). RCRI believes that a solid education and a Christ-centered spiritual foundation are the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty and training children to be self-sufficient contributors to Rwandan society. This is accomplished by providing the means for education as well as addressing the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of each child and their family outside of the classroom. RCRI employs a holistic model–assessing and ministering to the needs of the whole of a child’s life and not just one aspect.
Our hope is to help Sam reach his goal of raising $9000 so that he and his parents can go to Rwanda in June. Thank you for being willing to support Sam as he serves with the goal of going to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and to “go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
If you would like to make a a tax deductible donation you can either contribute via "GiveSendGo.com" website or mail a check to:
Neely’s Creek ARP
974 Neelys Creek Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Please put "Sam Gardner" on the memo line.