Do you remember how you felt when you first climbed into a school bus? Your first day of school? A trip to summer camp? Maybe it was boarding school for you? Or maybe your first year at university?
I think we can all agree that most people feel a bit anxious when entering a new situation.
As we prepared to welcome more than 500 students to boarding school at Hope Haven last week, the entire team was feeling the pressure. In this case, because this is our first year of boarding school, the feelings of anxiety went both ways—on our side and on the students side!
This highlights one reason why I’m so proud of our team in Rwanda and what they have accomplished to welcome our secondary school students so well!
For example, one of our faithful volunteers and investors, Suzan Whitefoot, has been on the ground for several weeks helping prepare the dormitories (and a lot of other things too!) for new students arriving from all 30 districts of Rwanda.
In this week’s video, you will sense our heart of hospitality. Our desire is that every single dorm room be warm and welcoming and not one student feels left behind. We are doing our best to aptly apply 1 Peter 4:9 “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
These rooms are where students will create new learning communities. They will work, socialize, play, study, pray and share life together in these halls. We want to make it a safe place where they can flourish as the “image bearers” of God they are!
For some of them, they have never lived in a brick building with restrooms, showers and clean drinking water just a few steps away. Imagine the delight—and the steep learning curve they face.
A few days ago, Wendy, one of our team members, told me she overheard new students in the dorms laughing and connecting into the evening hours and it made her heart leap with joy!
As my friend Jake Vossen told me once in Rwanda, “There is no shortage of intelligence, but there are shortages of opportunity.” Hope Haven is changing that reality for these students and offering them all the opportunities we can!
How can you demonstrate hospitality this week to someone in need? Is there a way you can help us continue to offer a brighter hope for students in Rwanda?