Rwanda update

Many of you have asked me for a Rwanda update, so I would like to share with you the latest.  This involves my husband’s heart, so allow me to give you a little background first.

Remember Sarah, Abraham’s wife, and how she felt like God needed help bringing about His promise to them?  Thus we got Ishmael and the entire Arab race.  Most often, when God gives His people a vision, dream, or direction about their future, there is the universal tendency for us to run with it and make it happen right now.  We want our dreams now and don’t want to wait on the Father or His timing to make it become reality.

Consequently, we either crash and burn or build our own empires, wounding people along the way.  To build or create it on our own strength, we become even more narcissistic and demand loyalty to our vision or quest from all others.  Then the result is not the “Kingdom” plan the Father had in mind, but our own compromised and botched efforts.  This is something David has always been repulsed by in respect to ministry and church leaders.  David sees in the business marketplace that the ebb and flow of free markets cleans up the “Napoleon” leadership, but in ministry it gets more inbred over time and generations.

In the last month, David admitted something to me that is so huge, you can be shocked along with me.  He told me he has had over a dozen prophesies in his lifetime about his destiny in relationship to the continent of Africa and the impact he would have there with a renewing and refreshing message that would transform the people there into true freedom and relationship with Father God.  He calls it the “redemption” or the “finished work of Jesus Christ message”!

He had not told me before, because he said he knew that I didn’t need any fuel added to my fire – and if he told me I would always struggle to not get ahead of God.  If it is truly God’s plan, we will let God do it His way when He wants.  I know, this is hard to swallow, even harder to live with sometimes, but he is so strong in this conviction.

He finally felt we are close enough to going, that he could tell me this huge thing he has secretly held in his heart for many years.  And that he could trust me with it because I have safely learned now to wait on God.  This means significant growth for me that he now felt he could tell me and he could trust me with the timing of what he has waited upon the Father to make happen.

What triggered this release is the significant way in which this Rwandan pastor addressed one of his former members that now lives in Tulsa, while he is attending bible school.  The man living here in Tulsa first came to our home in late June.

The pastor told this man one day you will meet these people that really love people, they will be different, and you will know that this is the couple that I am telling you about when you meet them.  You will call me and tell me you have met them, and I will come to America and meet them for myself.

This pastor then flew to America and came to our home within weeks of John, our Rwandan friend, delivering the message that he had indeed met the couple, that the pastor had told him about over 10 years ago.

We have these friends who are missionaries in Costa Rica, with 10 kids.  The husband wrote me a letter this summer, after reading my first Rwanda letter, and basically prophesied to me that we would go and possibly struggle there, maybe even more than we have here, and that the trials here have been to prepare us for life there in Africa.  But that we would have a major impact in Africa and that it was about more than just me and the kids loving the orphans.

He said that David had Kingdom business there and even “business” in the natural.  When I read his letter, these were completely new thoughts for me, but bore such a strong witness with me that I knew this was God speaking to me.  Lo and behold – 2 months after I received this letter, and after the man comes from Rwanda to meet us here in our home, David admits this all to me and that he has known of his call to Africa since before he even met me!

When we first met and I shared this part of my heart with David, it just confirmed to him another element of our lives together.

David has never shared these prophecies about Africa or what he has held in his heart about Africa to anyone, not even this friend of ours from Costa Rica.

This very week we were prophesied in depth to, from a complete stranger who so confirmed everything.  He even talked about the things God put in our hearts in our youth that haven’t happened and how they will very soon launch forth.

He said that in the next 2 years, we will find ourselves in a completely different place.  And that all the adversity we have walked through was to prepare us for what we are about to walk into in the next 2 years.  He said many things that so encouraged our hearts and reminded us how completely in control our Father is and how much He is for us!

He even talked about how adamantly David “waits” on God, rather than getting ahead of him as so many “half-baked preachers” do (as he called them) and how pleased God is with how patiently David waits on the Father.

So, now I know, without a question – We are going to Africa! And I sit…passionately and patiently waiting.  It could be next month, next year, or even longer.  But I know this is Father God’s plan, and He will bring it to fruition when the time is perfect.

David feels called to Africa as a continent, and sees Rwanda as a possible open door.

We know how much money we need to make that first exploratory trip.  When that comes together, we will go!  Until then…we will wait, prepare, and continue to learn.  Please pray for us and only for the perfect will of God in this massive move of our lives.



  1. October 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Toni, David and I did a mission in Rwanda back in March. It was an incredible experience, and we have some reliable contacts there. I would love to share with you about this some time.

    On my Facebook “Notes” page, there is a “long” narrative about our experience there. When you have a chance, please read it, and let’s ask God if there is something He might want us to partner on with regards to Rwanda.

    Am copying this same note to your FB page.

    God is so good!


    PS: I was so encouraged by your note about Sandy Williams having twins. I am still asking the Lord if He might have a child for me, though it is hard not to despair after all these years.

    • themothersheart said,

      October 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

      As I already responded on email to you, but want others reading this to know…I sooo believe God is into showing HIs greatness and doing this so gloriously, so all will know of HIs miracles. If it is in your heart, don’t let go! “Faith IS the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!”

  2. Pilar Bailey said,

    October 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    So happy to see your total surrender, Toni, to your husband’s leading. Father’s timing is absolutely perfect, and we can totally trust Him even when we cannot see 10 feet in front of us. We can totally trust that He will bring His will to pass in our lives. The fact that David is unwilling to move before God says move, is proof that he has no agenda of his own and that he understands that God’s timing is “everything” in terms of success. Much love to you and yours, with prayers always.

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