We went to church this morning at New Life Bible Church and sang some old and new songs about God's holiness. Definitely struck me how we don't treat him with the fear, respect, and reverence he deserves. Good reminders.
Lunch at Heaven, which was the same place we went last time. Still delicious! I did some more shopping at the gift shop. Hi. My name is Connie, and I'm a shopaholic. At least I can admit it.
While we were at Heaven, Jean-Pierre, the brother of a man who attends Grace Bible Church, met us there. He is from the Congo, and he and his brother, Emmanuel, have been separated since 2006 because of strife in their country. They didn't know if the other was alive or dead and had no way of ever knowing. Emmanuel is now in the US and Jean-Pierre is in Rwanda. Enter: Facebook. (Facebook changes lives people.) Last year, some mutual friends thought they saw a photo with Emmanuel and told Jean-Pierre about it. After some messaging, the brothers were reconnected. We brought a laptop, some English tutoring books, and some clothes to Jean-Pierre that his brother had sent from the states. So fun to see the Lord's plan unfolding in front of us.
We went back to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which was still tough, but helpful in clarifying some of the history that I had forgotten. The graves had flowers laid on them from family members. I also had more time to look around the gardens outside that I wasn't able to appreciate last time since I was so overwhelmed.
We went to the money exchange, which is cool because they have these money counting machines. Technology...
When we came back to the guest house, my friend Kelly from high school came over. I know what you're thinking...a friend from HIGH SCHOOL is in RWANDA?! Yes, yes she is. We weren't able to work it out last time I was here to meet up, but this time we had some more time to plan. That was pretty cool too.
Dinner. That's always amazing...I am going to come back as big as a house. Pastor Fred came over to eat with us. (He's the pastor of New Life Bible Church.) Having some fellowship time with him was really fun and I love listening to him talk and answer our questions.
Today, we had lots of teacher conversation. There's 2 of us from each level, 4 different states, and all different teaching styles. I have already learned so much and shared so much. It's only been a day. God is teaching us all great things. It's going to be an amazing 2 weeks.
Also, technology is awesome...
Let me know what you think of the trip so far in the comments! If you missed any posts, there's a Rwanda tab at the top. Hugs!