Not everyone has the opportunity or ability to travel to Rwanda. We recognize that what we do here would be impossible without God working through each one of our partners and investors, so we want to begin this week by saying “Thank you!”
You are all part of the supernatural story of God’s grace and favor on Hope Haven Rwanda. The healthy relationships that we are developing, and the culture of love and respect that we are building extends to all of our readers, prayer partners and supporters. You are an integral part of Hope Haven Rwanda and we are grateful!
Near the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth, He referred to a day when every person’s life will be evaluated. Each one of us is called to steward our resources well. For some, that means going, for others it means giving, and for all of us, it means praying!
Jesus told us that our care and compassion for others will be remembered: “I was sick and you looked after me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”(Matthew 26:36, 40).
Unbelievably, when we serve those who are most vulnerable, we are compassionate counterparts with God, joining Him in redemptive work—reconciling the world and relationships!
Sometimes, even on this side of eternity, we are fortunate enough to witness this type of compassion in action. Alex and Erica, US Air Force Medics, recently spent 10 days at Hope Haven Rwanda modeling this type of care. They examined feet, heads and teeth. They also created medical charts for more than 500 students, producing a long-term record of medical care.
Erica and Alex model life as compassionate counterparts. While in Rwanda, they sacrificially served others, acting quickly to meet the needs of our Hope Haven community. They jumped in to genuine relationships, befriending everyone they met. In fact, just two weeks after they left, one of our students asked, “When is Alex coming back?” They are missed around here!
How often do we look for needs and ways to serve? It requires keen observation, and a healthy sense of dependence upon God, to move beyond simply providing relief and toward long-term community development. Thanks for being part of this journey with us, Alex and Erica, and thanks to each one of our faithful investors—keep visiting, giving and praying!