Muraho (hello) from Rwanda! Although we are missing our family and friends in the US, every moment is highly cherished here in Africa. God is working in our hearts as well as the hearts of the Rwandan people. He is showing up in so many ways, overwhelmingly at times.
Sunday was a very busy day as we participated in church services, followed by a meal with the Pastors and Elders of Agape Community Church. We had
a unique experience Sunday evening at a Marriage Enrichment Seminar that really showed the intense desire of the Rwandan’s to have a healthy marriage and family that honors God. The event included a group of panelist to answer questions asked by seminar attendees and the Go Rwanda team participated as panelist. The questions asked were a deep reflection of pain being carried and also a clear indicator that the Rwandan people believe the sanctity of marriage is worth fighting for. God gave each of us the answers needed to speak His truth with only the preparation of prayer, as we were not told in advance what the questions would be. Nick and Laurie also transparently shared a difficult time in their marriage, how the Lord helped them work through it, and what lessons have been learned from it. The event was a clear reminder that we all struggle with the same issues and that we are all so very dependent on the same God to help us through those difficult times.
It was personally very moving for me to meet a woman who had her husband leave her for 13 years! She was deeply wounded by this experience, but somehow through her strong faith in Jesus Christ she has been praying for him and her marriage the entire time. We were able to be here and listen to her say that after 13 years her husband this week just called to ask forgiveness and will be coming home! Difficult times are still to come, but what an amazing example of prayer, patience and honoring your husband through “better and WORSE.” Only Jesus can give someone the strength to do that.
We value your prayers as we travel to bless a widower of the genocide. We hope to patch cracks in her home and show God’s love to her any way that we can.