AJR_0265.jpgOn September 27th we will be moving to Rwanda to work with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). YWAM’s mission and passion is “to know God and make him known” through all sorts of projects and training schools. We have both gone through their 6-month prerequisite Discipleship Training School (DTS) and it changed our lives. We then went on our DTS outreaches to Kenya and fell in love with that part of the world. Since then, we have been involved with YWAM Salem. We believe in YWAM’s mission and want to be a part of what God is doing in East Africa. You probably know that we have been dreaming of this for a while and now we are blessed to be in a season of life where we are able to go.

Known as the “the land of a thousand hills” Rwanda is a small beautiful country in the heart of East Africa. Kigali is a growing city, now home to 1 million people. The language most commonly spoken is Kinyarwanda, most people also speak english and French as well. Dance, art and tea are central to Rwandese culture. Bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, The Congo and Burundi Rwanda is landlocked but only a few hours from Lake Kivu.

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Sadly, Rwanda is most famously recognized by the genocide of 1994. However, the rebuilding process has been an amazing display of redemption.

“Rwanda is often internationally praised for the remarkable progress the country has made since the 1994 genocide. Without a doubt, the genocide is the saddest but best remembered milestone in Rwandan history. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in just a three month period.

After the genocide Rwanda started rebuilding the country with a focus on national unity. Amazingly there was no major revenge responses between the two main ethnic groups, the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s. Over the years a major reconciliation took place and is still taking place between the ethnic groups. This truly can only be the work of God.

Rwanda has one of the fastest growing economies of the African continent showing that Rwanda is moving forward to what it can become. Still there is a lot of poverty and there are many orphaned youth as a result of the genocide. In an ambitious plan called “Vision 2020” Rwanda aims to reduce poverty and have a strong and healthy country with a stable and growing economy. – YWAM Rwanda BaseWe will be living and working with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Rwanda. For more information about YWAM, check out one of our previous posts with videos explaining what YWAM is and the work that they do.” -YWAM Kigali

YWAM Kigali is a growing base that has several ministries. They hold Discipleship Training schools (DTS) throughout the year as well as run a elementary school on base. They also have a King’s Kids program, which is a worldwide ministry through YWAM working to disciple young people in the community. They continually have village outreach programs as well. When we first arrive, we are going to volunteer around the base with general maintenance and upkeep. We hope that in January we will start working with the DTS program, but we’ll see where we fit in. The base itself is beautiful and growing all the time.

General view of northwestern Rwanda. © Neil Palmer

Rice terrasses © Neil Palmer