Rwanda: One Ball

It had been an emotionally taxing day for me. The four-hour bus ride from Gisenyi to Kigali had been full of laughter and tears and life stories and the beginning bonds of a lifelong friendship. The afternoon had been spent pain-stakingly making my way through the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It was evening, and the nerves were starting to set in when I thought about meeting my Compassion kiddos the next day. I had been doing my best to spend myself for the sake of others, and I was beat...absolutely devoid of energy.

Rwanda: One Choice

Rwanda: One Hope

Morning came, and I could only imagine what the day held. We were headed to our first child development center, located in the rural hills of the northern part of Rwanda. I had no confidence that I could love my team anything like God has commanded us to love our brothers and sisters, which left me with no confidence for anything else. All of a sudden, I was starting to really understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And love others as yourself. Everything else depends on this.”

Rwanda: One Love

It’s hard to describe our Rwandan trip leader, Eugene. He’s got a smile that, I swear, could light up the entire city of Boston, and a deep, sly giggle that is, quite possibly, the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. His story includes a traumatic, miraculous childhood, a revolutionary adolescence, and a yet-to-be-defined adulthood with immense potential. Eugene’s wife, Joy, has a similar story. She is beautiful, inside and out, and the few minutes I spent with her left me feeling encouraged beyond belief.

Rwanda - September 2014

In September 2014, I took my first trip to Rwanda. I spent a few days near Lake Kivu in Gisenyi and a few days in the country's capitol, Kigali. I met some of the most amazing people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and my life was permanently changed. You can read more in the following blog posts:

Rwanda: One Week

Rwanda: One Word