We're grateful to have the opportunity to help provide support for an ELCA missionary in Rwanda, Robin Strickler. Christ Lutheran is one of several congregations supporting Robin in her important work. Here is Robin's story, in her own words:
I grew up in Virginia, New Jersey and New York and my father is retired Pastor Warren Strickler (II), who started a mission congregation in Lexington (Good Shepherd Lutheran). I majored in music at Wittenberg (the Ohio one, not the German one) and then got an MA in linguistics in Wisconsin. I've had a meandering career that took me through music education, after school day care administration, personnel management and teaching English in Japan for eight years.
In Japan – or rather, while I was home on vacation from Japan – I met my husband (Pastor) John Rutsindintwarane who was studying at Eastern Mennonite University and the rest, shall we say, is history. He is the General Secretary of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda, and I think it was God's intervention that shifted my life's focus from Asia to Africa, a place I never even expected to visit.
Robin Strickler, ELCA missionary in Rwanda
In 2005, I founded the Rwanda School Project with three other people willing to sign the paperwork. That was very much an act of faith since I'd spent only two weeks in Rwanda. Today, due to God's grace, the very amazing help of the ELCA, hundreds of people, dozens of volunteers and a great staff, there is now a secondary school with 43 students in 7th and 8th grade in Rwamagana, the capital of Eastern Province in Rwanda.
Rwanda is a mountainous country just south of the equator in central Africa
The students and teachers of Rwamagana Lutheran School
Robin Strickler with her husband, Pastor John Rutsindintwarane