Note: for safety reasons, this letter has been edited to remove references to places and organizations that could be identifying for Hannah.
Dear Pastor Greg Ward, Elders, Missions Committee, and members of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church:
To all the beloved of God who are in Cedar Park, Texas, called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s with great pleasure that I’m writing this little epistle for the first time to you beloved and faithful ones, called to be saints, united in the body of Christ and saved by grace.
First of all, I’d like to ask forgiveness for my delay in writing to you, and at the same time thank you for your patience and confidence in me.
I’m Bonifácio Alberto Muahiroua… I serve in administration together with my sister Hannah. I’m a believer in the Lord and a member of the Evangelical Church of the New Covenant of Jesus, Hebrews 8:8, in… Africa. I’m married to Estefânia Pinto Muahiroua and we have two daughters: Tarsínia Bonifácio who is 16 years old and Leonilde Bonifácio who is 11 years old.
I’m writing this card to you beloved brethren in Christ to show my gratefulness for the offering which you gave to our preschool to buy presents for the five-year-old graduates last year. We expected to graduate 20 five-year-old children, but we were only able to complete the year with 17 children.
Our preschool, “PEPE: African Child’s Smile” is grateful for your support. We feel great joy to see some of your children sending best wishes to the children in our preschool, contributing to buy presents for the children. All the children who graduated had the privilege of receiving a kit of school supplies including the school uniform that guarantees their entrance into primary school with all the necessary materials.
As I write this card, I would also like to share with you the difficult moment in which we find ourselves with schools, including preschools, closed due to COVID-19. We miss our children very much. We hope that soon the government will permit the children to return to school and everyone to return to normal community life. We also remember the brethren who live in the USA and recognize your situation, hoping that God will free you from this pandemic and one day everything will return to normal.
My prayer is that the Lord would permit me to one day meet each one of you according to His own will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father be with all of you in Christ Jesus.