Friday, June 13, 2014

Experiencing the World Cup in Africa

We spent the morning in Bugesera at the Kibenga Primary School. This is a special place because it is a government school  that was built by UNICEF. Once it was built no one wanted to commit for the long haul to run it. Rwanda had seen how well the Africa New Life Kayonza school had preformed, so the government asked them to run the school in Bugesera. All we did was observe, but it was still a great day interacting with sweet children.

We only stayed for the morning because we were going to attend/help run the Spiritual Leadership Conference at the seminary run by Africa New Life. We had the afternoon to rest, so I took a 2 hour nap. Definitely needed since I've been staying up too late. Best nap of my life.

We went to the conference where we shared African tea with the teachers that had traveled to Kigali from Kayonza, Kageyo, and Bugesera. It was great to see so many familiar faces from Kayonza and the last three days. Dr. Gerald spoke to us about the seven laws of a learner before we had a break.

The break was hilarious. They planned the teaching around the Cameroon vs. Mexico World Cup match. In the US, few would plan their life around a soccer match...American football maybe. (I'll include myself in this. It's why I won't get married in the fall...) I was sitting next to one of the teachers from Kayonza, who was obviously rooting for Cameroon, but I was rooting for Mexico. We had some smack talk going, but he was still gracious in explaining penalties to me. I'm learning...slowly.

We ate dinner as the match was ending, and he began to share with me about the different soccer leagues and the Champions League. I knew this existed but my understanding is so much better. I wish we cared about soccer in the US. Between my kids at school and being out of the country for the last three World Cups, my appreciation has grown for the game.

Ok. Enough soccer chat.

The best part of the night was worshipping the God of the universe in English, Kinyarwandan, and Swahili. It was great seeing how God is the same in every country. Such a humbling experience to see how small I am compared to how GREAT God is. Why did he love us so much to send his son to die on the cross for our sins so we could live eternally with him? How big is his love for us!! It was a fantastic time of praise and prayer to bring glory to our father in all that we do.

1 Corinthians 10: 31
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Dr. Gerald was also challenging our teaching with this verse tonight. Love it.

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Gerald lived as he encouraged..."whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
    May his family be filled with the support and strength of our Lord as they learn to live without him.
    Pray for his family in their time of need.