God uses the weak to display real strength. Rwanda is small by African standards, but leading as an example of a country seeking to do it right. Perfect? Of course not. But on October 13th I was honored to address a monthly gathering of national Rwandan leaders from business, government and the church. I watched as the new leader of their Parliament sat with her well-worn Bible open, taking notes as I spoke. She wasn’t there for a “photo op” but to pray and seek God’s help as she assumes her new role as one of the five most powerful leaders in the nation. It was refreshing to see Christians from business, government, and the Church together; eager to learn how to lead like Jesus in their homes, ministries and government.
Many exist on incomes of $1 per day as they farm small plots of land to survive. But out of their poverty they give. A single mom gives a home to an orphan boy. A church gives him hope in the form of a goat. He gives its first baby goat to a friend. When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, his response, “I want to be a pastor!” Who is the truly wealthy?
Out of Africa… the Future. As I look forward to future trips, Africa continues to call. I want to thank Seacoast Community Church for funding our trip and the translation of my leadership book, adapted for African leaders, into the language of these Rwandan pastors. Now leaders in Tanzania, Kenya and Congo have requested it in Swahili! Pray with me for these dear servants of Christ’s Church.
Invitation: Join us at Seacoast on Sunday November 10th for a special Rwanda Team update (services at 9am and 10:45am) followed by a longer update and free luncheon. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the luncheon.