So, where is Rwanda, anyway? As you can see on the map, it's a tough country to find amid the other larger and numerous countries in Africa. Centrally located (and a bit Eastern) on the continent, Rwanda borders a handful of other African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south. The capital of Rwanda is Kigali, and the President is Paul Kagame.
Some of you might already know a little about the recent history of Rwanda (click here for some additional information). There are two main groups of people in Rwanda, the Hutu people and the Tutsi people. In 1994, a tragic Genocide occurred that claimed the lives of 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans. President Kagame and the current Bishop of the Shyira Diocese of Rwanda, the Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda, agreed that to avoid future tragedies like that of the 1994 Genocide, the love of God would have to permeate the country like never before. Well, the Lord has been working in Rwanda, indeed, and us folks from IPC are blessed to have the opportunity to teach Vacation Bible School to hundreds of Rwandan children and to love the people of Rwanda in a big way.
I invite you to follow along on our journey from April 13-22 as we travel overseas to see what the King is doing in Rwanda!