Last week, we reflected on the truth that humans can be “angels,” messengers of God to each other. We can deliver His hope during times of desperate need.
Hope Haven staff became “angels” when they delivered hope to 468 Rwandan families who were not sure they would have a Christmas meal. This was one small example of ways that we are working together to serve in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s natural beauty and lushness are refreshing. And everyone recognizes the incredible strides the nation has made since the genocide. But Rwanda’s greatest natural resource is its people.
Every single Rwandan is an image-bearer of God, and this year Hope Haven will celebrate 10 years of investing in our surrounding neighborhood. We LOVE this community!
This week, I invite you to watch this video of a peaceful drive down the road to our campus, enjoying each individual you virtually encounter. Pray for them. Pray for the villages. Pray for economic success in their shops. Pray for the students that walk up and down this road every school day.
Many of their families are strugglingt to simply make it through each day. But when we humbly enter into their struggle, we are stewarding that moment as a sacred trust.
Jesus gave us this example through His Incarnation. He came to be “with” us. To be present, to experience the same things we do—the temptations, the trials, and the triumphs.
Ancient Hebrew Scriptures tell us that “God has placed eternity in our hearts…” (Proverbs 3:7). As humans, we long to connect with the “eternal.”
The God of the Bible is a relational God—He is interested in connection. He beckons to us to connect with Him in relationship. I’ve come to understand this as our vertical connection. But there is more. There is also a horizontal connection—human to human.
Angels connect with others at the point of greatest need, during the hour of deepest question or loss. Then miraculously, by the grace of God, they point human eyes toward “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Could you see yourself as a messenger of God, an “angel,” to our precious Rwandan neighbors? Maybe He is calling you to come and serve this summer—we’d love to share in this journey with you!
Or perhaps your call will be to build a special relationship with one of our students and their family. We can help make that happen too.
Let’s kick off 2022 with hearts full of purpose and passion!