It's hard to believe that our time in Rwanda has come to an end! Every day was filled to the brim with unforgetable experiences.
The team was a wonderful mix of experienced people who have so much love for the people and places we visited and the newly called to serve who found that same love in their chosen mission field of Rwanda.
The trip was early mornings and late nights, dusty roads and bumpy rides, trying to remember the difference between "muraho" (hello) and "murakoze" (thanks), African tea and fresh fruit.
It was water filters and Bibles and our friends leading their new goats home on a rope. It was the craftsmanship of handmade baskets and handsewn skirts. It was beans and rice and don't-tell-Stacy-we-are-eating-goat.
It was children's voices raised in song, women's voices raised in praise, pastor's voices raised in prayer. It was playing with children, holding babies and hugs from people of all ages.
And it was too short.
But most of all this trip was about love. It was about living out Jesus's instructions as recorded in Matthew: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22: 37-39, NIV)