Our morning started out bright and early allowing us the enjoyment of this beautiful Rwandan sun rise.
As we drove down the dirt road to the ANL sponsorship office children and adults began following our bus. When we came to a stop it’s safe to say we were quite the attention getters. As we walked up to the office, there were women and children sitting out on the porch and it was OUR kids; we recognized them from their sponsorship pictures!! Once inside the small office, we were introduced to Samuel, the Africa New Life director for Rubavu who gave us a brief back ground on the center and what it does for the children. Last September they started the program in this town and were overwhelmed by the fact that a church called Fellowship Bible Church had sponsored 500 children in Rubavu all from one Sunday morning! How awesome it was to say with joy, "that’s our home church”! We are those sponsor families! What an overwhelming joy for both parties.
To be sure, this day was hard, seeing the absolute poverty, the muddy water in bottles that the children were DRINKING, the homes that were about 10x10, not more then a literal dirt floor (in the above pictures, you can see our group of sixteen or so people completely maxed out the entirety of the small huts), there was one or two wood chairs, a sofa and tiny coffee table and yet their excitement to see strangers, to welcome new people, to engage and be hospitable was phenomenal. It’s my understanding that usually that furniture isn’t even in their homes, it was more for staging so that we might have a place to sit as we visited together. As I began processing all that we were seeing, and I've known that situations like this exist, but when you see it with your own eyes, there can no longer be any excuse for a lack of concern or care. There are real children drinking muddy water, living in poverty who's families have the same hopes and dreams that we have for our four children. My youth pastor always quoted the scripture, "to whom much is given, much is required." We certainly feel this way and are grateful to be here and to be experiencing all of this first hand! If you have a desire to learn more about Africa New Life and how you might also partner with them, please visit their website and sign up to sponsor a child today! It's a phenomenal organization, one that we are proud to partner with.