today is when it started…

As we think and pray about being 17 months, 3 weeks and 4 days away from moving our family to Africa.  I was startled to be reminded of this fact today..

In 1994, the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a mysterious plane crash near Rwanda’s capital; widespread violence and killings erupted in Rwanda over claims the plane had been shot down. (today in history – Washington Post)

Please pause today, and consider that a nation was abandoned and descended into chaos, and cut down over 800,000 people in 100 days and which helped destabilize and caused the death of millions in the eastern DRC to this day..  Fathers, mothers, sons and daughters killing fathers, mothers, sons and daughters…

Today begin’s genocide commemoration week in Rwanda.  As Christian’s we have a different perspective, we don’t want to reframe a tragedy to make political points, or to be resigned to look at the future without hope.   But we do ‘mourn with those who mourn’ (Romans 12:15).

We also pray for our brothers and sisters still living out the scars from the past that would be

“afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Pray for the church that they would be equipped, encouraged and empowered to be a vital blessing to those living next door to those who have killed their family and those who live in fear, and have lost their voice because of their ethnicity.  Pray for the role God has given the AIM team, as they are there now.  Pray for them to know

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
(Ephesians 6:12-13)

Thank you so much for caring about Rwanda

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