Rwanda Day 7 - August 19, 2019

Today I am so grateful that we won’t need interpreters in heaven. As we said goodbye to our Rwandan family in Nasho, I took comfort knowing that I’ll see them again someday! This was another incredible day. We were able to spend most of the day together as a team, worshipping at church, purchasing clothes, baskets and woven goods from the sweet women’s cooperative and playing with tons of kids.

Today we also saw the results of some of our projects! We gave away Bibles to many of the Christians in Nasho and surrounding villages. The Word is so powerful and our neighbors here know it well; many of the Rwandan women were teaching us as we had Bible study a few days ago. Now, they were so excited to have Bibles of their own.

We were also thrilled to see that all 25 water filters worked! They were made here in Rwanda and several of the men from the village learned how to make them. Hopefully this can bring better health to the community.

This afternoon, a little girl crawled into my lap and after about ten minutes, she was out like a light! My arm fell asleep quickly too but I could’ve stayed there for hours. They say it takes a village, and the children here sure grow up with one. They are loved and cared for in so many important ways. Getting to spend time with them this week has been such a gift.

Now we’ve made it to Akagera National Park, and I think we’re all excited for a little rest and relaxation tonight. After everything we’ve done and experienced this past week, my heart feels both full and worn out but I can’t wait for all that the rest of this trip will bring.

-Elisa Johnson