It’s tough to post just now, here in Rwanda, for two simple reasons: bandwidth.
1. There’s not enough time, because we’ve been on the road meeting, learning from, and praying with people all day, each day, and the nights are full too
2. There’s a ton of footage and pics, but the internet’s a bit slow for uploading this kind of thing, at least in our limited time frames.
Here’s a bit though… from a letter I write to my wife. For those of you who read, thanks so much! I’ll be back with lots to share…sometime soon. Before then though, we’re off to a rural, very rural, higher mountain, village for the weekend, where we’ll meet some pastors. More later
…one example: We spent some time on Thursday with the “People Living with AIDS” group, or some such name. There were 173 of them packed in a room, ranging from teens up, many of them widows, or widowers. They’re dying – and…
They were a group that greeted us, when we came to visit, with dancing and singing, with real joy in their eyes. They are the group that gave us gifts. They are a group where person after person got up and shared how God has given them strength, has healed them, has provided for them. They’ve pooled their resources and bought businesses: BeeHives – a building to meet in, and rent out – a small farm. You can’t believe it, they way they’re biting into life.
And yes, I met with Gahigi (from the movie “As We Forgive”) – we will exchange e-mails. He’s learning english and I have footage of him speaking in english, powerful words to our church – but the internet’s too slow for uploads. I’ll just say this: the power to forgive after seeing 142 family members killed, and then be at the forefront of the reconciliation movement – shows me the reality of Christ’s power in ways I don’t see at home, and only rarely in my own life, though I do see them.