Thursday, April 17, 2008

Prayer for the people of Uganda...

One of God's sweetest gifts to me and my family was bringing Serge Gasore into our lives. Serge, a native of Rwanda and a student/athlete at ACU, has allowed us to unofficially adopt him into our family. Susan and I call him "Son" and Serge calls us "Mom" and "Dad." KL and Care are his "Sisters."

Serge reminded us that April 7-14 marked a time for the world to remember the Rwandans who lost their lives during the 1994 genocide in his country. He asked us to pray for the people of Rwanda, as many still struggle with problems in the aftermath of that dark and terrible time.

Serge was a young boy during the genocide, and only by the grace of God was he able to escape death. He speaks of two occasions on which it appeared as if his death was imminent, only to have his life spared in what was nothing short of a miracle.

The region of Rwanda that Serge is from is called Ntarama. Pictured above is a church building in Ntarama... a killing field where more than 5,000 men, women and children lost their lives during the 1994 genocide. The cross inside the building was erected years ago, and it stands as a silent sentinel and reminder of a time that we must not forget.