When I was in the US Air Force, it became clear that one of the challenges we faced as a nation was aircraft shortfalls. We were engaged in several conflicts, in various locations, and the need for aircraft and crewmembers was greater than the assets we had. Some of these specialized aircraft were identified as “Low Density/High Demand.”
This simply meant that the US Air Force had aircraft systems that were below the levels required to fully meet or sustain operational requirements. And the “LD/HD” verbiage expanded beyond aircraft. Various career fields were also identified in this way. We often joked that we were being asked to “do more with less.” This is not a unique phenomenon. In fact, when Jesus considered the dire spiritual needs of the world, he told his disciples that “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37).
There are distinct needs for ministry around the world and there are few workers who are willing to make the sacrifice to serve. This is one reason why I am so grateful for Liz Ingabire, the Managing Director at Hope Haven Rwanda. Our family was honored to host Liz for Thanksgiving this year, for her first-ever celebration of this American holiday.
As we explored the USAF Academy together, watched the flyover before the football game (which Air Force won!), and shared a Thanksgiving feast with friends and loved ones, I was reminded how grateful I am for the way Liz is using her deep personal understanding of poverty to sustain her passion for sacrificial service to others. God has enabled her to take the lessons learned in her own life to help lift others up and to show them what is possible!
Liz is definitely unique. She is a “Low Density/High Demand” example of the ministry at Hope Haven Rwanda, and she is actively generating hope for others who will follow in her footsteps for future generations. Even though the needs are often greater than the resources, she is making it happen, with God’s help and by His grace!
Liz’s story is remarkable, and we are honored to have her leading our Rwandan team. I invite you to learn more in this 43-minute documentary which features Liz and part of her story. May her story inspire us to sacrificially serve wherever God has called us!