The Cornerstone…

Before we went to Burundi, we informed Freddy (the amazing man who is the head of YFC Burundi) that we had enough money to start building the guesthouse where we will live and he shared with us that he wanted to wait until we arrived so that we can lay the cornerstone together and pray over the house. In great anticipation of that day, we showed up early in the morning to the plot where the guesthouse would be built…and we arrived to find over 100 Burundians from the community surrounding the plot carrying large stones. Everyone stood around the plot with us and Freddy preached in the centre and he, along with one of the children from the orphanage, prayed over the house about to be built for us. Another one of the children started singing “God is so good” in Kirundi and everyone sang along. Then all at once we threw the stones in the trenches that were dug around the plot to start the foundation. It was a very moving experience and one of the most beautiful things we have ever seen. Many members of the community who would be helping build the house were there and all of the children from Homes of Hope wanted to be involved as well. Even people walking along the road were leaning against the fence watching…then the fence collapsed a bit and everyone scurried!

Laying the cornerstone was a time that was so precious to us and will be in our hearts forever. We know that our home will be so blessed. We were also able to see first-hand where the money that you have donated to us is going…not just to building the structure, but to providing money directly to the Burundian workers to support their families. Unemployment in Burundi is 70% so this project is providing jobs to people who otherwise would not have any. Thank you to all who have donated. Your money is going to a wonderful cause. It was so humbling to see. We want to share some of those photos with you.

We continue to pray for more donations so that work on the house may carry on to completion. Also, with only 3 months until the big move, we are very far from reaching our financial goal and have a long ways to go in order to complete any of our projects and cover our personal costs.

“Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” ~ Psalm 4:11-12

Seeing the plot for the first time!
Building a fence around the plot

Arriving at the cornerstone ceremony
The children from “Homes of Hope” arrived to celebrate with us!

Freddy speaking to the community


Praying over the guesthouse
Throwing in the stones!

Starting to work






Our last glimpse of our future home…



2 thoughts on “The Cornerstone…

  1. Hello josh and Nadine, it’s Nathalie, I approached you and introduced myself at the pan are breakfast. I brought home 2 bags of dressing supplies from work yesterday, they are in my car so we will be bringing them to church on Sunday. Will you be there? No pressure, it’s not a problem if they roll around my car for a bit:-) the clerk from the burn unit brought another bag down this morning, and we will continue to collect them, but I wanted to get these 2 bags to you as there’s only so much room under my desk 🙂 If I don’t see you, have a blessed thanksgiving weekend!


    Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:06:14 +0000 To:

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