Meet Real Life Alex, Part 8: Rat-a-Tat to Redemption

In between Operation Christmas Child countdown posts, I am sharing details from my real life meeting with Alex Nsengimana, Rwandan genocide survivor and shoebox recipient.

Imagine …

your friends have been massacred

in a church

because the priest ratted them out

to the men with the rat-a-tat guns.

Imagine the nightmares.

The screams.

 

The zombie-like existence

of

escaped freedom.

 

The freedom

to

exist.

 

Now imagine,

a church

offering a gift,

a shoebox of gifts.

 

But more than that,

much more than that

this church offers

love.

 

And kindness.

And friendship.

And safety.

 

Imagine the power of redemption.

Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

 
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Update 11/7/2017: This post was written and scheduled to go live weeks ago. How heavy my heart feels that gunfire in a church happened here in the USA, just days ago. Texas, you are on my mind.

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