To our dear friends,

We are filled with gratitude that you have shared your time, your love and your energy with us over the past two weeks. For Jennifer and I, it felt like coming home, but I know that many more of us feel like we are leaving home as we head back to Seattle. We have been touched by the way in which you have shared your hearts with us and given us such great joy. As we have been debriefing as a team, we have come to realize we would not want to change a thing about this trip. We have learned so much from you and your beautiful country and that makes it incredibly hard to say good-bye. We want to leave you feeling filled and encouraged, though, so I will share with you words from 1 Thessalonians. “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse, written to the church in Thessalonica, applies to you. You all carry with you such a deep faith and a love of the world around you. We leave here with a greater understanding of how to live that out in our own lives. As a team, we have been reading from Ephesians and I would like to leave with you these words:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Those words are for you and we hope to continue to partner with you as church partners, but also as partners in faith and partners in the incredible work God is doing in transforming our world. We love you and send our blessings on you.

Imana iguhu Mugisha!

Team Bethany