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Rwandans4Water (R4W)

Admin for ROC - Monday, September 12, 2011
August 12, 2011

In September of 2008, ten Rwandan Presidential Scholars from Oklahoma Christian University came together with an idea to serve their country by helping solve the problem of acquiring clean water in rural communities of Rwanda.

Each summer Rwanda’s Presidential Scholars return to serve their nation by providing clean water where it does not exist. R4W has built 8 wells since their inception three years ago.

The most recent well was dedicated August 12, 2011 in Gishuri village. This location was chosen because the people in the village walk about an hour each day to get access to pond water, which is dirty and unfit water for domestic use. “This served as a daily inspiration in our work as we saw the dirty water that the people had to drink everyday,” said Tim Kaboya, member of R4W.

ROC is proud to partner with these young people as they demonstrate how a nation can help itself. Their objectives include not only drilling the well, but also teaching at least 5 local people the drilling technology and putting the local youth in charge of the well protection. Thus, the well becomes self-sustaining once the scholars go back to complete their studies.

Throughout the year, the scholars raise money to buy the necessary parts for the wells, as well as the needed funds for drilling once they are in Rwanda for the summer. These low cost, hand-drilled wells are providing a way for many more to realize the blessing of clean water. This year, the students were able to build 3 wells for about $7,000.

ROC is also proud to have been a part of selecting each of these students for their university education. To date, nearly 300 of Rwanda’s top secondary graduates have been selected to attend universities in the U.S. To learn more about Rwandans4Water visit:

Christ’s Church Rwanda Kid’s Fun Camp

Admin for ROC - Monday, September 12, 2011
August 3-5, 2011

Joshua and our AMAZING God

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Guests from Oklahoma, Melissa Osborn and Scarlett Bottrell, joined Brett and Keli Shreck, Christ’s Church Rwanda (CCR) Children’s Ministers, to coordinate the second annual Kid’s Fun Camp.

After three days of adventures, approximately 50 children joined for the grand finale on Friday, blowing their horns, shouting as they watched the walls fall down on the stage. Through games, skits and crafts, children from CCR and the local neighborhood, learned the importance of following what God wants for their life.

Among the helpers were 10 members of the CCR youth group. “ I hope that as the youth continue to help, they will see the importance and will continue to share Jesus with the younger ones in our church,” says Keli Shreck.

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