Greetings from the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. The name by which Rwanda is fondly known.
Kigali is abuilding; at least the better parts of town. Today’s photograph is of the new Conference Centre round the corner from where we’re staying. But reconstruction is not only physical. Today we met a man who told us his story.
In 1994 as a result of the Rwandan Genocide, when one million people were slaughtered by their neighbours in one hundred days, he lost his complete family. He had nowhere to stay and no one to stay with until a young Christian family offered him free bed and board. He was so traumatised that it took a year before he could look for employment. He got a job collecting testimonies of other genocide survivors. In the course of his research he came across stories of others whose sufferings had been even greater than his own. This proved a therapeutic exercise and set him on the road to recovery.
Today, he is a Christian Pastor who both personally and professionally seeks to further reconciliation in his land. His concern is that Rwandans be not only reconciled to their fellow citizens but also through the power of the Gospel and the witness of Christian people find lasting peace with God.
The different churches with many other Christian agencies also pursue this aim and it is Bloomfield’s privilege to play a 'tiny' part in this great task.
Tomorrow we’re back at Gilgal for their leadership seminar.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Yours from a very Rwanda.....Bill and Graham