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The Land of a Thousand Hills The Land of Hope

The HOPE Team - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

" Hey Everyone! Amelia here! I'm one of HOPE: Global's Youth Ambassador's for this year and I, alongside the rest of our team, am currently in Kigali, Rwanda. It's our fifth day on the ground and we have just arrived back to the Guesthouse from church. Needless to say, the service was incredible, it well and truly exceeded my expectations, being in a room filled with joyous African harmonies, dancing and smiles blew me away. It made me realise how much we can learn from Rwandese people. The passion they have when praising the Lord is of a level you simply don't witness in Australia, and I wish to change that.

Our first few days in Rwanda were fairly jam-packed, complete with a moving visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial and our first holiday program at Fruits of Hope Academy. The Genocide Memorial was confronting, to say the least, but I was actually really encouraged reading about the atrocious history of this country then contrasting it to where the nation is at now. Seeing how far the people have come in ways of unity is truly inspirational.

Our first two-day program began on Friday, with our theme of the day being 'Who Am I?', in which we taught 40 Rwandese children that they are made in the image of God through a variety of games, crafts, stories and a short skit. The first day was definitely a little challenging as we experienced, for the first time, the repercussions of 'Rwandan time', and also the struggles that the language barrier brought about. However, the second day went a lot smoother as the team had adjusted and the kids had grown comfortable with us. It was super encouraging at the end of the program when we asked the kids what they had learnt and they confidently responded that they had learnt that they are special and fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God; they had understood and absorbed more than we could've even hoped for!

Leaving Fruits of Hope was difficult and filled with lots of hugs, handshakes and bittersweet smiles. We had gone into the church hall with the aim of teaching the kids about God's love for them and had left utterly changed and educated by them. They had taught us so much more with their smiles and endless joy than a pen and paper ever could. They are a testament to their nation. A nation determined to forgive and hope for a better, and happier, future for all people." - Amelia