RW/ “Distributors of God’s Love”

God Gold of the Day

“After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.”

‭‭John‬ ‭6:1-13‬

As you can see, that’s quite a lengthy piece of scripture for you today! Wanted to share this story of Jesus feeding the multitude with you and share a story from Rwanda that emphasizes the main point of this Word even more!

Every year, before going to serve in Rwanda, there is months and months of hard work fundraising and gaining support to afford the cost to go, living while we’re there and what is so cool about the support we gain, it’s usually an amount that is more than enough for getting there. Both times I’ve been able to go, there has always been more than enough support for the team and personally. So with the extra blessings, the team has been able to take your support and give directly to needs that the families, school and RCRI has there. The past two trips I’ve sent out personal letters to family and friends close to me, reaching out for their prayers and support for this mission. Also, both trips, from persona letter support and fundraising, myself along with the team has more than what we need as far as living expenses go.

I felt super weird at first asking people for money, I mean who wouldn’t. That’s kind of a weird thing. But after two trips and seeing how God has worked through so many faithful people to give towards this mission, I have learned that it’s not weird at all. It’s Daggum AWESOME!!! The most humbling feeling in the world is receiving letters filled with prayer and encouragement with also financial backing to be used for the people we are serving and God’s glory!

Like I’ve mentioned in recent posts, the need for these families and children in Rwanda is much more than words can describe. As I’ve found myself many times asking the same question Jesus asked to Phillip, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”

The need of the people is obvious so like Phillip, I want to look at the situation and think why even try, it’d take years to make enough money to actually help these people, what could I even do?

The thing is about Jesus asking this question, He was testing Phillip to see if he would trust in worldly, human ways to meet the needs of the people, or if He would trust in Jesus, the Messiah, the only One who can provide for the needs we all have.

I looked at this situation, so many times as impossible, written letters and worked fundraisers seeing no chance to really help the need we would soon face. But in this story we can see Jesus teaching us a huge lesson, you ready, don’t miss it!! Jesus was powerful enough to feed all of these people on His own, but He didn’t. He gave the disciples the chance to be apart of this awesome miracle that He was going to preform. The disciples and ourselves don’t have the power, the resources or anything to fulfill the needs of hungry people. And to think Jesus doesn’t even need us? But the cool part is He chooses us and uses us, He gives us the chance to be apart of His mission in so many different ways. For us to feel and live in the awesomeness of His provision and love.

On these trips, I could tell you a thousand stories of how support given by you and so many others has brought enormous blessings to meet the needs of the people in Rwanda. But there is just one I will share with you.

This past trip, the second one, I received support from my personal letters sent out and with our fundraising going well, I didn’t have to use any of my personal support on my plane tickets, living or nothing. And to make it even better, God worked in huge ways through those letters and peoples giving so I had a very large amount of money I carried with me to go directly to the needs that needed to be met at the school and with families. My head was on a swivel looking around, waiting for the chance to meet a need and use this money given to me for God’s glory, for God’s glory.

Early in the morning before we started our work day at the school, we stopped at a local shop to pick up food for the students at the school (your support being used once again). There was a guy selling books of many different kinds so I went to see what he had. I noticed after talking to him for a minute that he had Bibles printed in the “Kinyarwandan” language. Some thoughts started popping up in my head, buy the Bible’s. But my fear and doubt was battling back. I eventually built up the courage to ask, how much for the Bible’s. After he gave me an outrageous price and asking Kenny for help bargaining, while also making sure with him that these Bible’s would be of good use to the people there. I didn’t want to take this money lightly as so many people gave with such Godly intentions. We asked if he had anymore? He told us to hold on as he went and brought back a box of 30 or so Bible’s!

I didn’t know what to do. We were in a hurry to get to the school and I was doubting myself. Thankfully, God stepped in and we bought all the Bible’s he had and got a wholesale deal thanks to my negotiator Kenny!

So we pull up at the school and I’m praying, “Lord please help me decide who to give Bible’s to?” All the men on the construction crew we’d worked with all week had been asking about Bible’s, so they all got one. We went back through the community and gave Bible’s to families who had been saved through former home visits, families who were in need and remember the guy with the shoes? We found him, looking awesome in those sweet yellow shoes, we gave one to him. With tears in his eyes and the biggest smile on his face, he hugged me and said thank you.

All of this happened pretty fast that morning and as we prayed for the people receiving Bible’s that it would be an encouragement to them, that they would find truth and power in God’s Word to meet their needs. It hit me how HUGE these Bible’s would be in each persons life. Homes of families and people who were too poor to own their own Bible would now have complete access to the life-changing, hope-giving, loving Words of God!!! Amazing how God worked that together and I pray once again for these people that these Bible’s are still being used for His glory and providing them a source of comfort in such hard times.

Throughout the rest of our trip, we continued to give people these Bible’s. Homes we visited and people in great need now received Bible’s for the first time in their lives! I had 2 Bible’s left on the last day as we stopped at a house of a woman and her son that we had spent the week re-mudding her home. We gave one to her and then prayed for her and her son. One Bible left and I had no idea who to give it to. A man came running up from outta of nowhere, I guess he had heard we were giving out Bible’s and he was sprinting as fast as he could go, yelling for a Bible to have as his own. Seeing the desperate need this man expressed for the Word of God is an example for us right there but after giving him the last one. He grabbed onto my hand, lifted the Bible towards the Heavens and began praying over me. No warning or nothing, out of pure love and thankfulness to God for the Bible He just received he prayed for me, our team and this Word. It was such a powerful moment and one I’ll never ever forget.

All that to say, I don’t tell you this story to show you what I did, because without your, love, prayers and giving towards our mission, I wouldn’t of had the money to buy these Bible’s or give them to people in need of God’s Word. It shows even more how Jesus doesn’t need us, but He chooses us and uses us. As Jesus provided the fish and bread for the people, He told the disciples to distribute His provision and love to the people. Christ worked through all those who have given to this mission, He has used you to give, to take the blessings He has given you and use them for His purposes. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving in the mission field, giving towards the mission or supporting a child across the world in need. God has given us a variety of ways to be apart of His glorious purpose and mission to take His bread of life and love to all those in need of It!!! Thank you for your prayers and support towards this mission! In different ways, in different places God in His mercy and grace used us to take His life-breathing Word to others! It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how you think it should look, just trust in Jesus, who He is and what He is capable of and sacrifice yourself, your money and your time to be used by Him!!!! That’s what He has called us to do and thank the Lord He allows us to be apart of His work!

I want you to know how important this mission is and how important and life changing your support can be! Water tanks for the school, giving them clean drinking water and bathroom use, shoes for the kids, food for the kids and families, toiletries among different items, mattresses for people who were sleeping on dirt floors, the list goes on and on at all God has used your support for. Just in case you were wondering how your support will be used, there you go! I’m extremely excited to share with you ways to support in this mission and truly be used by Christ to make a difference even if you are a world away! The websites are at the bottom for RCRI, info on the organization and how to sponsor a child! Also, stay tuned online to see more ways to give to the Rwanda mission team who will be going back to Rwanda this July! If you have any questions, contact me through the contact info I’ve posted, the God Gold of the Day Facebook page or message me through the blog!

And remember, even if it’s just a little amount of support, “stacking one brick may be the brick that builds villages.”

The Passion Fruits

God Gold of the Day

Excited to share with you one of my favorite stories from these Rwanda trips! A story about a Gospel quartet called, “the Passion Fruits.” These two little girls came out of nowhere and God used them in moments that changed my life forever! God taught a valuable lesson here for all of us, even when you think you have nothing to give, if you’ve got God and show up. He is more than enough to always show out! This moment along with so many others is a testament to who God is and why I write these messages to you! He is so good and He loves us so much! I pray He teaches us all more to get out of the way and open ourselves up to His awesome work. Something so simple, God turns into huge HALLELUJAHS for His glory to be seen and heard throughout the community. Shall we move aside and watch God change lives! It’s what He does and thank God He uses each of us to be apart of His mission!!! Videos below of the message and those awesome God moments!

Oh yeah! And by the way, this past year, not knowing if I would see the Passion Fruits or not after a whole year, looked up while working the second day there, what’d ya know!!! They came to visit me!!!! We had a few more concerts and of course they were awesome!!! Come see our next show, LIVE in RWANDA 2020! Or sooner if God makes it possible!

The Passion Fruits LIVE!!!!

 

The big goofy white man you’ve been hearing about!

 

RW/ “Home Visits”

God Gold of the Day

Quote from Ben, RCRI Leader and Founder: “Stacking one brick may be the brick that builds villages”

Hey there, it’s I’ve already lost count of what day we’re on in Rwanda week! Trying to go back through these memories and get them somewhat digestible to you has been extremely tough, but I pray these messages have brought you closer to the Lord and this mission He has us on! This message I send to you today is one that I have tried to type multiple times this week and just haven’t been able to find the words.

Home visits. For those who have been on these trips and went on home visits, they know how emotional and eye opening this time is. I’m going to do my best to paint you a picture of what this experience of doing home visits in the country side communities of Rwanda was like. Seat belts on, hands inside the vehicle, next stop, RWANDA!!!!

Usually after doing manual labor type jobs throughout the morning into lunch, the afternoons in Rwanda are usually spent doing home visits. It’s already so cool that RCRI is doing all that they do but to set aside time for missionaries to visit the homes of the students families, what an intentional way to grow and leave an everlasting impact not just on students, but their families and the surrounding communities as a whole! Usually Ben, Kenny and the other workers of RCRI do home visits from week to week to check up on families, see how they are doing, what needs they have, and offer all the resources available to help these families in whatever way they can.

I had heard stories about home visits and how emotional they were but had no idea what I was walking into. Usually the goal in home visits is to meet the families, building relationships with them, ask what needs they have, offer as much encouragement as possible and offer to pray for them over their needs! That doesn’t sound like anything crazy, until you begin visiting homes.

Coming from a country like America, where abundance of literally EVERYTHING is in supply. The houses we have, the cars we drive, the food we eat. Even the clothes we wear. I had no idea of how desperate the need was there until these home visits. As we stepped into the homes, we stepped into peoples lives and hearts, take this step with me!

On my first trip, waking into the first houses, here are the notes I had from these first home visits;

“homes were like a mud brick with either tin sheet roof or whatever they could use (usually holes), floor is dirt, very small, bathroom is a hole in the floor”

Just imagine that for a moment. Let that sink in. I was confused honestly. Why do I have all I have and these people have so little? What caused them to live this way? Was it jobs, money? I wanted to know why because after seeing their need first hand, I wanted it to be fixed! But how? Why? Here’s some more notes:

“most people don’t have permanent jobs, go out in morning and wait in lines for people to ask them to do work, don’t always get work and struggle to provide food for children”

Work is very scarce in Rwanda and super hard to find. What I saw in these parents was such a level of persistence like I’ve never imagined. Walking out to the street EVERY day, putting their families needs of food, medicine along with other necessities on the hopes that they get picked to work that day. It wasn’t that these people weren’t trying, they try with all they have but some days they get work and some days they don’t. I asked myself, “how do these people continue making that walk? How do they have any hope at all?” I know if it was me in that position I would probably want to give up. But they put their families needs above the chance of failing, they kept the faith and continued striving forward. What an example that is from these men and women!

As we would go house to house, each home we entered brought its own form of need to our eyes. Just from the view that stuck out to me over the trips, families without mattresses or room to sleep, a student was forced to sleep in a hole dug in the floor with their goat that they were raising for food.

With money going towards food for survival many kids would become sick and the families had no money for doctors visits or medicine for the child. Many students become sick mostly from malnutrition, not getting enough food, all of the nutrients they need to remain healthy. One little boy was dealing with an infection and with the family having no money for medicine, the child went blind. Then, we heard the story of a family that was in such a tough place with work and being able to provide food, just to give their child something to eat, they would take the leaves of poisonous plants, boil them to get the poison out and give those leaves to children.

My heart breaks every time I think about these families and little ones going through all of these struggles. These kids who are so undeserving having to go through this. The question I kept asking myself, “how can this be fixed? How can they be helped?” It’s hard to write this and really give you the picture I saw there in those homes. As much as I wanted to feel guilty for all the blessings I had, I became thankful. Thankful for what God has given me because in His blessings I was able to see that these blessings I have, they aren’t for my enjoyment, God’s blessings come from Him and are to be used for Him.

At the time I felt helpless, watching the kids and families there go through the need and battle to survive like they were. What do I have to give? What could I ever do to help? It was in watching how these people handled their tough situations that I saw how God wanted me to help, how God wants all of us to help each and every person in need which is everyone since we are all human beings.

Perseverance. They had grit, they didn’t let their circumstances stop them from continuing to strive forward and doing everything they could to provide in whatever way they could.

Joy. In each home I went in, each family I met. Despite their home, their desperate need, they smiled. They carried such a great level of joy with them. They were immensely thankful for the all they had even though it wasn’t much. They remained thankful and joyful in the Lord which led them to be humble people. Willing to serve and help in whatever way God placed in front of them.

In all of these lessons from them, with the big question of what could I, one young guy do to ever make a difference for these people who had captured my heart. Persevere, continue striving forward in this mission the Lord has given us, using every available opportunity to strive forward, to push God’s love into new and unknown places. Especially when the resistance comes, keep pushing because the prize of Christ and others receiving His love and provision is worth whatever pain we have to endure.

Joy, have joy in everything. Being joyful about all that God has done in my life and continues to do in the lives of others. This joy and thankfulness brings out a whole new perspective on life. I see my blessings and instead of trying to strive for more, how does God want to use His blessings to help out His people? How can we use our blessings for the purpose God has blessed us for?

The answers have been real this week. Getting to share the love I have for these people with you. Getting to share and give you a picture of how beautiful these people are and the needs they face every day. God has blessed me with these God Gold messages and through His blessings He’s worked to bring blessings to people who are living in what seems like another world. I hope in some way these messages have helped this week, has broadened your view of not just missions but this MISSION God has us on and brought you to a closer, deeper relationship with the Lord.

Today, I’m placing the links to the RCRI website and ways for you to support this mission for these children and their families! I’m excited to see how God will use this in blessing the needs of these people and bringing His provision to their lives! All of the info you’ll need is detailed in depth on the RCRI website and if you have any questions just shoot me a message or visit my contact info!

Link to RCRI Website: https://rcrirwanda.org/

Link to learn more about the main school/ Nyabihu Christian Academy:

Nyabihu Christian Academy

How Sponsoring a child in RCRI works: https://rcrirwanda.org/nyabihu-christian-academy/

Link to sponsor a Child: https://rcrirwanda.org/sponsor-a-child-2/

RW/ “Home Visits”

God Gold of the Day

Quote from Ben, RCRI Leader and Founder: “Stacking one brick may be the brick that builds villages”

Hey there, it’s I’ve already lost count of what day we’re on in Rwanda week! Trying to go back through these memories and get them somewhat digestible to you has been extremely tough, but I pray these messages have brought you closer to the Lord and this mission He has us on! This message I send to you today is one that I have tried to type multiple times this week and just haven’t been able to find the words.

Home visits. For those who have been on these trips and went on home visits, they know how emotional and eye opening this time is. I’m going to do my best to paint you a picture of what this experience of doing home visits in the country side communities of Rwanda was like. Seat belts on, hands inside the vehicle, next stop, RWANDA!!!!

Usually after doing manual labor type jobs throughout the morning into lunch, the afternoons in Rwanda are usually spent doing home visits. It’s already so cool that RCRI is doing all that they do but to set aside time for missionaries to visit the homes of the students families, what an intentional way to grow and leave an everlasting impact not just on students, but their families and the surrounding communities as a whole! Usually Ben, Kenny and the other workers of RCRI do home visits from week to week to check up on families, see how they are doing, what needs they have, and offer all the resources available to help these families in whatever way they can.

I had heard stories about home visits and how emotional they were but had no idea what I was walking into. Usually the goal in home visits is to meet the families, building relationships with them, ask what needs they have, offer as much encouragement as possible and offer to pray for them over their needs! That doesn’t sound like anything crazy, until you begin visiting homes.

Coming from a country like America, where abundance of literally EVERYTHING is in supply. The houses we have, the cars we drive, the food we eat. Even the clothes we wear. I had no idea of how desperate the need was there until these home visits. As we stepped into the homes, we stepped into peoples lives and hearts, take this step with me!

On my first trip, waking into the first houses, here are the notes I had from these first home visits;

“homes were like a mud brick with either tin sheet roof or whatever they could use (usually holes), floor is dirt, very small, bathroom is a hole in the floor”

Just imagine that for a moment. Let that sink in. I was confused honestly. Why do I have all I have and these people have so little? What caused them to live this way? Was it jobs, money? I wanted to know why because after seeing their need first hand, I wanted it to be fixed! But how? Why? Here’s some more notes:

“most people don’t have permanent jobs, go out in morning and wait in lines for people to ask them to do work, don’t always get work and struggle to provide food for children”

Work is very scarce in Rwanda and super hard to find. What I saw in these parents was such a level of persistence like I’ve never imagined. Walking out to the street EVERY day, putting their families needs of food, medicine along with other necessities on the hopes that they get picked to work that day. It wasn’t that these people weren’t trying, they try with all they have but some days they get work and some days they don’t. I asked myself, “how do these people continue making that walk? How do they have any hope at all?” I know if it was me in that position I would probably want to give up. But they put their families needs above the chance of failing, they kept the faith and continued striving forward. What an example that is from these men and women!

As we would go house to house, each home we entered brought its own form of need to our eyes. Just from the view that stuck out to me over the trips, families without mattresses or room to sleep, a student was forced to sleep in a hole dug in the floor with their goat that they were raising for food.

With money going towards food for survival many kids would become sick and the families had no money for doctors visits or medicine for the child. Many students become sick mostly from malnutrition, not getting enough food, all of the nutrients they need to remain healthy. One little boy was dealing with an infection and with the family having no money for medicine, the child went blind. Then, we heard the story of a family that was in such a tough place with work and being able to provide food, just to give their child something to eat, they would take the leaves of poisonous plants, boil them to get the poison out and give those leaves to children.

My heart breaks every time I think about these families and little ones going through all of these struggles. These kids who are so undeserving having to go through this. The question I kept asking myself, “how can this be fixed? How can they be helped?” It’s hard to write this and really give you the picture I saw there in those homes. As much as I wanted to feel guilty for all the blessings I had, I became thankful. Thankful for what God has given me because in His blessings I was able to see that these blessings I have, they aren’t for my enjoyment, God’s blessings come from Him and are to be used for Him.

At the time I felt helpless, watching the kids and families there go through the need and battle to survive like they were. What do I have to give? What could I ever do to help? It was in watching how these people handled their tough situations that I saw how God wanted me to help, how God wants all of us to help each and every person in need which is everyone since we are all human beings.

Perseverance. They had grit, they didn’t let their circumstances stop them from continuing to strive forward and doing everything they could to provide in whatever way they could.

Joy. In each home I went in, each family I met. Despite their home, their desperate need, they smiled. They carried such a great level of joy with them. They were immensely thankful for the all they had even though it wasn’t much. They remained thankful and joyful in the Lord which led them to be humble people. Willing to serve and help in whatever way God placed in front of them.

In all of these lessons from them, with the big question of what could I, one young guy do to ever make a difference for these people who had captured my heart. Persevere, continue striving forward in this mission the Lord has given us, using every available opportunity to strive forward, to push God’s love into new and unknown places. Especially when the resistance comes, keep pushing because the prize of Christ and others receiving His love and provision is worth whatever pain we have to endure.

Joy, have joy in everything. Being joyful about all that God has done in my life and continues to do in the lives of others. This joy and thankfulness brings out a whole new perspective on life. I see my blessings and instead of trying to strive for more, how does God want to use His blessings to help out His people? How can we use our blessings for the purpose God has blessed us for?

The answers have been real this week. Getting to share the love I have for these people with you. Getting to share and give you a picture of how beautiful these people are and the needs they face every day. God has blessed me with these God Gold messages and through His blessings He’s worked to bring blessings to people who are living in what seems like another world. I hope in some way these messages have helped this week, has broadened your view of not just missions but this MISSION God has us on and brought you to a closer, deeper relationship with the Lord.

Today, I’m placing the links to the RCRI website and ways for you to support this mission for these children and their families! I’m excited to see how God will use this in blessing the needs of these people and bringing His provision to their lives! All of the info you’ll need is detailed in depth on the RCRI website and if you have any questions just shoot me a message or visit my contact info!

Link to RCRI Website: https://rcrirwanda.org/

Link to learn more about the main school/ Nyabihu Christian Academy:

Nyabihu Christian Academy

How Sponsoring a child in RCRI works: https://rcrirwanda.org/nyabihu-christian-academy/

Link to sponsor a Child: https://rcrirwanda.org/sponsor-a-child-2/

RW/ “A Lesson from All Rwandans”

God Gold of the Day

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭

Without a doubt, it’s easy to say that through these two trips to Rwanda, I learned A LOT! I learned so much about God, how simple and amazing He works and uses us, I learned a ton about myself, but I also learned even more from each person of Rwanda I met there. I thought going on a mission trip to Rwanda, I was going to serve them bless them. Turned out, I was extremely blessed and served by each person I met! Just spending time with them, talking with them, seeing how they carried themselves, what an amazing example they were to learn from!

The biggest lesson I had the privilege of learning from them was forgiveness. After conversations lately with different people about this subject it brought up this lesson I learned there in Rwanda to the surface. I know earlier in the week I mentioned the genocide that happened there and sent a little educational video to better explain it. I’m going to post that vide below again for you and dig a little deeper into it here. I went the whole two weeks of my first trip serving these people, being served by them with their examples of faith, joy, and humility but I had no idea what they had been through.

On the last day of each trip the first timers are taken to the Rwanda Genocide memorial museum. It’s a time to learn more deeply about the events that unfolded there not that long ago. I had heard a little bit here and there about it but I had no idea of the pure evil that took place. The nation diving into two sides with one side hunting down the other side in groups, calling them less of people because of race and social class. One side, led by the president at that time, started a revolt to kill all of these people who lived in the same country. With machetes, guns and different weaponry they hunted down these people killing around 500,000 fellow Rwandans. Sexual abuse was practiced on the women, families died side by side, some made it out alive sometimes being children left with nobody.

It’s extremely hard to write this but you need to know the history. When I found out the extent of these events, I stood jaw dropped, amazed, and broken. So many questions raced through my head, “how could this kind of evil exist? How could nobody stop this? WHY???”

I don’t know the answers to those but after those moments in the museum, being completely broken from each picture, display, and video. There was a section about the children that were killed there. After holding back tears the whole walk through I lost it. It broke me to see these innocent, helpless lives taken so soon in this way.

One word that came up in my head after seeing all of this and learning more about how brutal these events were, was WOW! I had just spent two weeks with these people, around 20 years ago this took place but I would’ve have never guessed it if you hadn’t told me. They have such joy they carry with them. Even in the tough physical needs they face each day they have so much joy, peace and contentment. It didn’t make any sense but it was there I learned from there example.

I also wondered, how could these two sides still coexist and live together in such community, and love? There was a program set up after the genocide ended. With the number of people guilty of committing the crime of murder, there was no way they could provide the prison time they deserved. But they set up a program built on peace and forgiveness that helped their situation in more ways than one!

After serving a short sentence the people who were convicted as murderers and committing so many terrible crimes had to go to the families of the person they had killed, write letters or most went face to face and asked forgiveness for their actions. They went to people who’s families they had just killed, and displayed their wrong, offered to serve them in whatever way they could and most of all ask forgiveness. It would be extremely difficult for me to forgive someone who had taken a loved one of mine but what is so amazing, this program of reconciliation worked and is still working today!

Despite the pain, the hurt, and all of the tragic events of what had happened, they forgave. They put the past behind, forgave, and walked out an example that has brought so much peace, love and hope to the generations coming up now in Rwanda. I’m sure this forgiveness took some time, healing had to take place but what an amazing example that is to forgive someone for that level of wrong! The biggest part of their example in this is recognizing that forgiveness brings peace. The easy thing to do would have been just not ever forgiving these people for what they had done, being bitter and living the rest of their lives that way. But what good would that have done, to live in the past mistakes and events that took place. Nothing could change what happened but they realized that forgiveness would change the present and the days to come for the next generations of Rwandan men and women.

What’s cool is being there around 20 years later and seeing the strides forward these people have made as ONE people in ONE nation, living and working alongside each other despite their differences and memories. Forgiveness has brought reconciliation to families all over Rwanda and is giving the little boys and girls that grow up there a chance to never come close to seeing that kind of evil displayed again.

Their example of forgiveness, whether it was through Christian faith or not, it was a lot like the forgiveness God has given us.

““But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭

Think about that for a moment. All the times we’ve wronged and sinned against God in our lives. Why would He ever want to forgive people who have hurt Him in that way? But God showed how great His love for you and me is by sending Jesus to die for us, washing our sins clean, taking all the pain and death we deserved even tho we deserved it, God’s love was greater and the blood of Christ has given us forgiveness for every sin, past, present and future! We are saved from the life we should of had because of Christ took it all on Himself and gave us a life as ONE with Him, ONE as a church of believers, with ONE great love that He gives us to live in daily! So awesome how God loves us that much! So awesome that Christ has paid the price for us! SO AWESOME that we are considered and seen as right, accepted, and worthy in God’s sight. The past mistakes are gone and God has forgiven us, in His grace, just like the people of Rwanda we can move forward in this life with God, for the next generations to come will see and get the chance to experience God in this way too if we simply let go of the past, forgive others and ourselves and walk in the peace, joy and freedom that only God can give!

Short video on Rwanda Genocide: https://youtu.be/EWcKnp-e-ow?t=76

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