Welcome Home - Day 5
Updated: Oct 18, 2018
Have you ever wondered what Heaven will be like? I got a small glimpse of what it will be like today. Today was a beautiful day. We headed out after breakfast to visit Kabuga Church outside of Kigali. If you want to experience the richness of worshipping in a church outside the US, you need to come to Africa! God is working in and through the lives of the church here in Rwanda, and it’s amazing to see. This church is taking Romans 12:9 to heart when it says “Let love be genuine.” They greeted us with hugs and repeatedly said, “Welcome Home” as we entered into the building, because we are part of the family of God and Brothers and Sisters in Christ. The pastor shared in Sunday School from Romans 12 on being the church wherever you go. It is such an impactful scripture when you think about the genocide that happened here in Rwanda in 1994. Here is Romans 12:9-21:
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:9-21 ESV
When it says don’t repay evil for evil, but live peaceably and overcome evil with good. Wow! That not only speaks to all Christians, but definitely Christians who have suffered through much evil, as the Rwandans have. After Sunday School, the children came up and sang a few songs. The children and adults are so beautiful as they worship together in song!
After music, our Awana Africa Director and Missionary to Zimbabwe, Stephen Maphosah, shared the message from Mark 2 with Alfred, our Awana Missionary in Rwanda, translating. He spoke on how we need good friends who will speak into our lives and bring us to Jesus. He shared how our friends are our destiny connectors in serving one another, uplifting one another, and speaking truth from God’s Word to one another. We were blessed today by being in this church!
Thank you for your prayers! We have 3 more days of ministry work here in Rwanda, and then it’s off to Ethiopia! Continue to pray for the people of Rwanda and the children who are coming to Awana Clubs across the country! God is on the move!