Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV) 18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness [And] rivers in the desert.
After a 23 year absence Carol and I are with our team in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. We first came to Rwanda right after the genocide in 1994. Over 800,000 people were massacred between April and July. We arrived on a C-130 to devastation and hopelessness. They City was almost deserted and the stench of death was everywhere. The airport was partially destroyed in the fighting and the roads were picked marked with craters from mortar shells. There was still a body in the street and you could hear landmines going off throughout the day. We tried not to think about what triggered that.
We found a makeshift orphanage with 120 kids in a town called Kayonza some sixty kilometers outside the capital. We ministered there for two years until we were told not to come back by a secular organization that had assumed responsibility for the orphanage.
Fast forward 23 years and here we are. Rwanda has come a long way in that time. The roads have been repaired. Brand new buildings have sprung up. Everything looks so different from when I last saw it.
Tonight we had dinner with Paul and Elizabeth at their home. The kids from their youth center sang and danced for us. Elizabeth cooked an incredible meal. The smiles on the kids faces were so precious.
Tomorrow will be an emotional day for us as we share with the team the history of the genocide and go back to Kayonza.
Please pray for strength for the team. They are all so tired yet keep pressing on.
Pray for Carol and I. The emotions are already welling up just being here.
Pastor Gary I Kusunoki