The last three days were filled with emotions and activities. We have had to say good bye to new friends and old. We had lots of laughter and tears. The hardest part for many of us is our departure back to the States.
Saturday was our last day of training. It pulled the strings to our heart knowing we were saying goodbye to our Trainees. God blessed us all yet again. We were able to get all the Trainees an e-mail account.
We also had an opportunity to visit with a genocide survivor. We visited with Vanise and listened to her story. She lost her husband and her 7 children. She had a sweet, warm, welcoming heart. Although it was too difficult for Vanise, to tell her story during the midst of the genocide, she did tell us how God opened many doors for her. She was accompanied by her close friend and spiritual daughter, Patricia. God touched our hearts yet again.
After our visit with Vanise, we were guests to a very special event, the baptism of Michelle Allen and Tyler Plante. It was very touching to see them follow what God was asking them to do. They really stepped out and listened to the Lord.
We ended our evening celebrating Michelle and Tyler’s baptism and the birthday of one of our interpreters, Tom, at the Mariah.
Sunday was the beginning of good-byes for some of us. We were able to attend services in Kibuye before driving back to Kigali. This was hard as we all knew we would be leaving our hearts behind. Even though it was tough, we were blessed by an amazing service that had most of the team up dancing during worship time. After service, we loaded our luggage and headed to Kigali where we all met for dinner at the Bourbon Coffee before going to bed early.
Monday was our day for rest and relaxation. We went to Akagera National Park and saw God’s splendor in their natural habit. On the way there, Wayne’s driver shared with him and the girls from his team, how he was a survivor of the genocide. He told them about losing his entire family except his younger sister, and how the army rescued him from a swamp. He told of how he watched the perpetrators captured his 3 older brothers and how he had to eat raw sweet potatoes for weeks. It was a reminder that no matter where you go in this country, there are still scars and wounds that are healing.
Tonight we gathered at a local restaurant called Heaven for dinner. 17 team members, 4 interpreters and Patrice, a friend of many who have traveled here before and the nephew of Pastor Theophile of the Harvest church. The meal was amazing and it was so fun to just relax and enjoy the interpreters company for the last time. But as the night came to a close, saying good bye had many in tears once again. We all exchanged emails and face book contacts and promised to stay in touch. Tomorrow we are planning on stopping by the African Bagel Company to see an old friend for most of us before heading to the airport.
We want to say thank you to all of you who have kept us in prayer, commented on our blogs, and missed us. Thank you to all of you who made this trip possible through your financial and spiritual support. We may have been asked by God to come here, but you were asked to make it possible.
Murakoze cyane ( Thank you very much )