CHANGED: When God Moves
Our team has been home from Rwanda for just over two weeks. While our bodies have acclimated to time and routine, our hearts and minds continue to process all we experienced.
If you followed the blog during our travels, you’ve already heard poignant testimonies from some of our team members. If internet difficulties hadn’t gotten in the way, you would have read similar stories each day. Every one of us saw God move in powerful ways, and we are changed.
My life has changed so much but at the same time stayed the same. People that know me may not see the change, but I see it, feel it and live it. I have a sense of peace and hope that I had never known before. I fell in love with Africa - the people, the land and the beauty of it all. I felt The Lord at work in Africa - I felt The Lord at work in me. The sense of peace that I feel is real! I know it is real because The Lord gave PERSPECTIVE to me on this trip.
I am able to say that my faith has grown, which is no small thing. I have considered myself handicapped by the level of my faith and so frustrated by my lack of faith. But I knew that was something that I couldn't conjure up on my own, but something The Spirit had to work about in me. My prayers are no longer empty, without expectation. God has allowed me to see Him working before my eyes and I'm forever grateful and forever changed.
I have always struggled with joy. Joy is something that has never come easy to me and something I've never really worked at. But after going to Kimisagara and seeing how incredibly joyful those sweet children are, though they have absolutely nothing, is a slap in the face. I am now so much more aware of joy and I can honestly say I have more joy in Christ because of our experience.
It would take far more than a blog post to capture all the unforgettable moments from our time in Rwanda. For now I’ll just give you a few highlights:
1. Children Serving Children
While I’ve heard all along that the kids at Kimisagara love each other like family, this was my first opportunity to witness it firsthand. I loved seeing the older kids care for the little ones, and to recognize the trust and affection they have for one another.
And what a joy it was to see our two youngest team members, Molly (11) and Annabell (9), pour themselves into the children. These girls were resilient, patient, and eager to serve. I learned just by watching them, and our team was stronger for having them there.
2. Rwanda the Beautiful
We spent our last 36 hours in Gisenyi, a lake town in northwest Rwanda. The 4-hour drive from Kigali to Gisenyi was breathtaking, with panoramic vistas of terraced hills, rural settlements, and volcanic mountains. While we love Kigali, it was a treat to see more of the landscape and appreciate the incredible diversity and beauty of the nation.
Throughout our trip, James demonstrated contagious joy and inspiring faith. This is a man who walks with God. In Gisenyi he bestowed on us the privilege of hearing his story – a miraculous account of salvation, restoration, and hope. Our Imana Kids are blessed to have him in their lives, and he would say the same of them.
Thank you for praying for our team and the children. God heard and answered in marvelous ways. He is at work, and He will finish what He has started. Please continue to pray for Imana Kids as we pursue His lead in serving the kids of Kimisagara.