Saturday, August 30, 2008

"you can't change the whole world...

...but you can change the world for one."  --Charles  Buregeya (founder and president of Africa New Life Mission)
this is our Nelson.  he was born into a country devastated by genocide just a few short years before.  an entire generation of men, over 800,000 people, were gone.  In the years since the 1994 horror, Rwanda has been trying to heal from these events.  Africa New Life Mission is a group of Africans trying to bring redemption to a people defined by massacre.  i love what they do.  i have actually met many of them as they were frequent visitors at willamette christian church.  i also know several people who have traveled to Rwanda and see their work first hand.  One of those people was dear enough to send me this email with a picture of Nelson.  John Wooley said: "Everyone misses you guys here in Oregon-and I bumped into one guy who misses you from Rwanda!  Nelson is looking so fine, and he's one happy guy.  Thanks so much to you and Sonny for helping change his life!"  you see, this ministry is small enough that the staff can point out a child when given the sponsors' name.  i am so honored that our family can have this small connection to the rebuilding of the country of Rwanda.  of all i know of ANLM i am so impressed with how they reach out in real and tangible ways to suffering people in the name of Jesus.

2 comments:

darbishar said...

He looks very happy! What a cool organization.

Jo. said...

Kristal, have you guys sent anything to Nelson? We've only been sponsering our Kevin a few months now, and I've sent him a letter, but nothing else. I'm wondering if you have some tips. I can contact the Wooleys, but knowing you, you probably have great ideas on what works and what doesn't! Plus, how much does it cost to ship??