It is amazing what is possible in our lives when we boldly take a step of faith into an unfamiliar, and often uncomfortable, context, and allow God to work. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
This has been the story of Hope Haven Rwanda since the beginning. Susan Hollern listened to God as He directed her to Rwanda. Then she listened even more intently when her first plan didn’t work out as expected.
It wasn’t long until God led her to the right people, at the right time for the right focus: education and discipleship.
The dream to build Christian world leaders and job creators has remained the same for nearly 11 years now.
Susan’s steps of faith have affected far more people than she could have ever imagined!
In the summer of 2017, Susan was joined in Rwanda by Mark Riley. It wasn’t long until Mark was serving as a Trustee for Hope Haven, where he eventually became the Board Chair.
Mark recently returned to Hope Haven and was overjoyed by the progress he witnessed first-hand. We met in Denver when he returned and it was wonderful to get a glimpse into Mark’s experience in Rwanda.
Mark highlighted four things that capture the heart of Hope Haven. First, he shared about a focus on entrepreneurialism. Students in Rwanda are learning what it looks like to start a business—who knows how God will use them to reshape their country?
Second, Mark highlighted a home visit with Patience, his “Kugaba Kid.” As a Hope Angel, Mark has prayed for, supported and stood by Patience and her family through some difficult days.
Then Mark reflected on his joy at meeting with the “Men of Hope” group that he was instrumental in starting. Years ago, I remember asking our Board to consider a project to help these mostly illiterate, very impoverished men purchase bicycles for their bike taxi businesses. I made a proposal to the Board and intended to ask for funding elsewhere. Before I could ask others, Mark jumped in and made the contribution we needed to begin the program!
Finally, Mark shared how Hope Haven has affected him spiritually. He said, “Most of the joy of my spiritual growth is with Hope Haven over the past five years.” Remarkable!
Mark is just one of thousands who have been affected in positive ways by the ministry of Hope Haven Rwanda—both in Rwanda and in the U.S.
Is God calling you to take a step of faith? It wouldn’t be a step of faith if you knew exactly where the step would lead! God calls some to stay and some to go. The most important thing for all of us to consider is how we can best follow His lead.
It may be time for some of us to prayerfully consider stepping out of our boats of security, familiarity, and comfort and into the waves of a Spirit-led adventure!