1. This missions trip was totally birthed out of God’s Heart responding to
the prayers and cries of the Rwandan people.
2. It was at God’s invitation and timing for a team to go, bringing His
message of freedom, restoration and hope.
3. The openness and receptivity of the Rwandan pastors and leaders as well
as the way the Holy Spirit used each team member to minister and apply His
truth across cultural barriers into so many lives, was nothing short of
miraculous for our team to witness and be a part of.
God You are so wonderful!
A few words and thoughts that may describe this trip for me.
Sensory, spiritual, physical and emotional overload.
Friendly, smiling, welcoming faces.
Taxi’s that have exceeded their best before dates and African driving.
Devastation. Hurt. Sorrow. Need. Searching. Trying to Forget.
Hunger… for the Word… for food.
Emptying ourselves. Giving what we have been given.
Awesome breakthroughs, for us and hopefully for them.
Pride and humility seeing what God has done from the seed planted 20 years ago.
As I stood and looked out the top of the safari Jeep and surveyed the vast savannah all around me I said “now this is Africa!”. The safari trip that Richard and I and Martin and Susan Sandig went on was a great highlight for me. God’s great creation was magnificent all around us. The sun shone, the giant acacia trees were beautiful and the animals were amazing. We saw a 2 week old baby giraffe with its parents, zebras, hippos, wart hogs, impalas, water buffalos, parrots, waterbucks, baboons, velvet monkeys, topi, many more but best of all before we left the park we saw 2 huge bachelor elephants. There right in front of us with all their splendour they strolled past our jeep and stopped long enough for us to get a picture of them. It was an amazing day to see God’s vast creations!
I’m one of those people who takes notice of shoes. To me, the shoe someone chooses to wear discloses much about their style, confidence, economic status, personal preferences and often provides insight into their hobbies and past-times. Shoes give perspective and in many cases the shoe says it all.
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Community is a word that best describes my experience in Rwanda. We can learn much from the African people about the true meaning of community. Just today, Pastor Rick was talking about our family in Christ and what it means to be a community. I especially loved his description of the garage door opener and how we North Americans hide in our garages or “castles”. That was something that I never saw in Rwanda. People are out on the streets from the moment the sun rises to the moment it sets; sometimes even after that.They spend all day being in fellowship while they work, shop and eat. Very rarely did I see a person by themselves. I learned that when a family member is unable to send their children to school because of financial reasons, someone else in the family steps up and provides the necessary resources. Without expectation of repayment! They take care of each other. The food that we brought to our Compassion family which should last about a month, I know will not last that long because they will share it with others who have less.
You can sense the spirit of community each time you look at the faces of these precious African people. The joy that exudes from them when someone around them receives a blessing and when they express their gratitude is contagious.
I know that often people talk about going to a third world country and experiencing culture shock. It certainly is a different world there; however I have experienced a culture shock returning to Canada.
We have so much here that we don’t know what to do with it. Most of the time we work towards getting more instead of sharing what we have or just giving it away. My African brothers and sisters have shown me through their lives what is really important and what is not. People, not possessions.
I pray that I will not forget the images and experiences that have given me a new understanding of ” for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”