Rwanda – Pete James
On Monday the 25th of September 2017 I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with the Christian children’s charity Compassion UK. A full on 3-day schedule had been planned as we explored Rwandan history as well as see the work of Compassion and the local Church in the community.
Our first morning trip was to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre which was full of emotions. The sadness from what the genocide caused in 1994, to then see and hear of hope, of forgiveness and reconciliation and over time restoration.
For the rest of our time, we visited projects set up by local Churches and Compassion UK working together. We saw children who had been sponsored by someone, beam with happiness and joy as their lives have been given a brighter future.
Many of us were humbled to hear parents who have their child now sponsored by someone, and although they themselves have very little can say: “though I have nothing, I have Christ, so I now have everything’.
It was an incredible and beautiful time to see how through Jesus, the local Church and Compassion, a family can be given a future of hope and joy.