Twenty-three days ago we came together as a team on our way to Rwanda, and now we are just about to part ways in the Dulles airport in Virginia. After a long journey of prayer, trust in God, learning to seek God in every situation, and we are finally coming to the end of of week three. It was a bittersweet goodbye we said to Rwanda and all of the incredible people that touched us! We’re all leaving having learned different lessons, but I think it’s safe to say that Rwanda will always be in our hearts and minds.
Here are some highlights from our third and final week:
- Last Saturday, we were blessed by a visit to a center for disabled children ages 5-25 with Modeste and Gilbert. Although we did not know what to expect, as soon as we walked through the gates at this facility, we were greeted by the most joyful and affectionate children. Our hearts were broken for these children and the nuns that so obediently and compassionately care for them.
– Participating in a bracelet training for women in Nyamata was a great way to learn about the work All Across Africa is doing and hear the stories of the women. Wirira, which means ‘don’t cry’ was started by Odette, who not only lost 7 children but was widowed during the genocide. She began Wirira in order to provide a safe and loving place for widows to meet, reconcile and support each other after the genocide. The time we spent with each of these widows was a powerful testimony to God’s grace and love towards Rwanda.
– This week we also visited two genocide memorials, one in Kigali and another in Nyamata. Both were difficult to see, but it was especially hard to walk through the church in Nyamata where 11,000 people were raped and murdered, with Mama Odette from Wirira who lost two children in that church. The reconciliation that has happened in Odette’s life alone was evidence that with God, even the unthinkable is possible.
– On Friday, we visited a sewing program for about 15 twenty to twenty five year olds in Gashora. It was only a couple minutes after we arrived that we started dancing, singing and praising God with these joy-filled young adults.
– For a grand finale to the trip, we traveled to Akagera National Park for a night to debrief with Modeste about our time in Rwanda and see Rwandese wildlife. It was refreshing and renewing to leave the city and talk about how God has been working in these past three weeks.
Thank you all for the love and support through prayer, donations and encouragement of every sort! Please join us as we continue to support those we met and All Across Africa through prayer.
“Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weakness of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2