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This show features the photographs taken by Debbie Kindschuh and the paintings by Ishimwe Bertrand.

Purpose of the Show: To enlighten audience about the wonderful work that Irembo Foundation is doing to improve literacy and education to vulnerable street children inKigali, Rwanda. This foundation was started by a young man, Ishimwe Bertrand,that was born in 1994 during the horrific genocide that killed 1 million people. He was in his mother’s womb when the genocide broke out in April of 1994. His family fled through the forests trying to reach Lake Kivu and to cross into Congo. The family never reached Congo, but their lives were saved. Unfortunately, when they returned home, their families had been murdered and they were homeless. Bertrand thus grew.up on the streets living in extreme poverty. Eventually, he was able to attend school by the sponsorship of a British man. When Bertrand turned 16, he decided to Pay It Forward. He began to sell his paintings to tourists and started paying tuition for youngchildren to attend school. Today his Irembo Foundation organizes sponsorships for 120 children and also conducts a women’s vocational training program in tailoring skills. Irembo US was started in 2017 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Wentzville, MO. Debbie and Randy Kindschuh travel to Rwanda and take people on retreats and mission trips there to help support the education and women empowerment programs of Irembo Foundation. Debbie and Randy have also studied the Rwandan Reconciliation program that was started by Prison Fellowship International. This forgiveness program is based on the Sycamore Tree project which reflects the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, in the book of Luke. The Reconciliation program helped the small country of Rwanda to move forward though forgiveness and begin the process of reconstruction. John Dyess

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Any War

Scene of German soldiers during World War One.

My digital illustration “Any War” is based on a photograph that I took of my television screen , of the World War One movie “All Quiet on the Western Front”.I added texture and color and the flash of light that represents an explosion. This could be a scene from any war if the  the uniforms were changed.  This illustration is from a body of my work that I call “From the TV”.


Yesterday,  during the joys and concerns portion of the service at  Webster Groves Christian Church , a member  of the congregation, who is a teacher at a high school in St.Louis City, received a text message that one of his students had been murdered early Sunday morning. This student was 15 years old. Many of the members  are teachers, including myself. Very sad service after that. Below is an online article from the television station  St.Louis Five on your Side, by Dori Olmos.

21 injured or killed in violence this weekend in St. Louis

The victims include three children who have died and three other children who’ve been injured.

Author: Dori Olmos

Published: 1:49 PM CDT August 25, 2019

Updated: 10:35 PM CDT August 25, 2019

ST. LOUIS — At least 21 people have been killed or injured in violence since 8 p.m. Friday night in the City of St. Louis. Six of those victims have died.

The violence has left three children dead and three other children injured.

Below is a breakdown of the shootings and stabbings reported across the city limits.

RELATED: St. Louis officials announce $25K reward for info on local children killed in shootings


8 p.m.: An 8-year-old girl was killed in a shooting near Soldan High School. Two 16-year-old boys and a 64-year-old woman were injured. Police said the shooting happened in the 1100 block of Union after a football jamboree.

READ MORE: 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson’s life cut short by shooting at football jamboree


4:30 a.m.: A 36-year-old woman was shot by a man in the 4100 block of S. Broadway in south city. Police said she wasn’t cooperating when they tried to talk to her but did say she was walking in the area where the shooting happened when an unknown man approached her and shot her. She said he ran away and she went home, where a friend then drove her to a hospital. Her condition isn’t known, but police said she is stable.

12:01 p.m.: A 34-year-old woman was shot in her left leg. It happened in the 2900 block of California in the Benton Park West neighborhood. She was awake and breathing when she was taken to the hospital.

2:30 p.m.: A female was shot in the head near Interstate 70 and West Florissant. She was found dead inside a car on the 5000 block of Wren. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

2:40 p.m.: A man was shot in his backside near Lillian and Arlington in the Mark Twain neighborhood. The man alerted police by going to the North Patrol Division.

6:25 p.m.: A man was shot in the arm in the area of N. Kingshighway at Margaretta—that’s on the edge of the Penrose neighborhood not far from where Kingshighway hits Interstate 70. He arrived at a hospital via car, not an ambulance, police said.

6:30 p.m.: Three people were found dead inside a unit in the Edge Lofts apartment building in Downtown West.  Police confirmed they were a 10-year-old girl, 46-year-old man and 45-year-old woman. Two of the victims were shot and one victim was stabbed. Police have not specified who was shot or stabbed.

RELATED: 10-year-old girl among 3 people found dead in Downtown West apartment


1 a.m.: Two men were shot in the 5600 block of Hiller in the Walnut Park West neighborhood. A man in his 30s was shot in the arm, and a man in his 20s was shot in the leg. Both victims were alert and breathing when they were taken to the hospital.

5:56 a.m.: A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head in the 7300 block of Vermont, which is on the edge of the Carondelet and Patch neighborhoods in south city. St. Louis police said they don’t have a suspect.

3:07 p.m.: Police said a man was shot in the hand near the intersection of Enright and Clarendon Avenues. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

8:15 p.m.: A man was shot in the abdomen on the 8200 block of Michigan Avenue. Police said he was awake and alert when he was taken to the hospital. No other information was provided.

8:52 p.m.: A 39-year-old man was sound shot in the chest on the 3400 block of Tennessee Avenue. He was alert and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.



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Stop Killing by John Dyess 2004

Article from New York Times January 11,2011