|A beautiful early morning looking East over Akagera National Park|
|Pastor Venuste and John with a promising bunch from ARM's|
|A couple of "long time friends," John Bosco, and Esther. I|
met these students in 2012 in Rwanda, then they visited my
school in CO that same fall. These kids have the future of
Rwanda in their hands.
|A warm welcome at Jean Pierre's home. The kids even got to|
take the day off from school because of my short visit!
What I've experienced with people here is different. While they have high hopes, their expectations are realistic. Regarding work and chores, they are just part of life and contentment is possible within. Regarding relationships, no-one is perfect and mistakes happen. As an example, the traffic here is insane, and yet I haven't seen a single person flip-out on someone else. Regarding pleasure, entertainment, and time off, there is an expectation that these are the exception and not the rule. I really do think that this is the secret to the quiet joy within even the poorest of the poor. It's all about expectations.
|Kevin drawing with some of ARM's preschoolers.|
|A giraffe in the wild, how cool is that?!|
|The beautiful tea plantations high up on the Congo-Nile Divide|
In the Western Province.
To close out the trip, John took me East into Akagera National Park to see some of the more archetypal images of Africa. It was exciting to drive through the wild places and come close to animals that until now were synonymous with zoo animals for me. It was an amazing experience I won't forget.
|Kevin talking with some students at an O-level school in Boneza.|
|John and Kevin visiting John's old high-school in Kigali.|
If all goes well I'll be back in the land of milk and honey known as the USA here in a couple of days. Please pray that I may carry the memories, stories, and a new set of hopes and expectations with me for many days after that.
Sawa, sawa. Ngaho murabeho. Tuzasubira!
|We "borrowed" this old fisherman's canoe to paddle out to an island in lake Kivu. Talk about a fish out of water!|
|My Rwandan futbol team. Claude, who is John's roommate (in green, second from right) brought me to play with his team|
on a Sunday morning before church. I held my own but was sore for 3 days.