Rwanda: Day 9

Wednesday, we started off the day with Genesis 45:16-24. In this passage, Joseph’s brothers are sent back to Israel to get their father and all the family and servants and everything and move them back to Egypt. I’d never thought before about what the brothers told their father when they got back to get him. Did they admit what they had done? How did they explain Joseph being alive?  We also … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 7

From Elder Martha (St. Andrew’s): Today's travels began with an "interesting" bus ride to Cyegera and Kirinda, to visit with women's craft groups.  I should explain that the bus is a 25 passenger van.  So far, we've had 2 flat tires and a roof leak, but it did get us to our next destination. We met with a group of genocide widows who have formed a craft group.  This is an opportunity to … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 6

This morning, there was no Bible study. Instead, we went to church. As we walked into the service this morning at precisely 9am (the worship service start time), the dancing was already in swing. We were told that churches in Rwanda are no longer allowed to have dirt floors because the dancing kicked up too much dirt. Our Mission coworker, Kay, said, “It gave a whole new meaning to the phrase, … [Read more...]

Rwanda: Day 5

This morning, I watched the sun rise over the hills of Rwanda. It was one of the most breathtaking things I’ve seen in a long time. It was a perfect way to start the day. At breakfast, I sat with a new friend, Lydia. Lydia is one of our partners from South Sudan who is traveling with us. She and I shared stories about and pictures of our kids and as we walked together to our morning Bible study, I … [Read more...]