Month: September 2016

Falling in Love

I’ve always felt a pull towards Africa, perhaps as early as 5th or 6th grade. My heart seemed to know what it wanted and it was to help the children here. But it was never a firey, all-consuming goal, it was more like a quiet, constant knowledge that one day I would go to Africa. And now, here I am.…

Reconciliation

Reconciliation rɛk(ə)nsɪlɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun: The restoration of friendly relations Synonyms: Bringing back together again Christians tend to talk about forgiveness like it’s a simple task. Put the wrong behind you, smile, shake hands, and never bring it up again. But have you ever tried to forgive someone who has truly done you wrong? Not pretending it never happened, or saying it doesn’t…

Genocide

Who am I to write about genocide? A foreigner visiting this country for a brief three months. I have very little experience with tragedy and I have no ties here except for the ones I’m creating now. And yet, I write. I write about what I saw, what I heard, and how it affected me. Because at the end of…

First Ten Days

Well I made it through the first 10 days….and today I am sick. Not because of the food here, the cook here makes sure it is clean and safe; I think it may just be my body adjusting to being in a new place…and I had some banana wine a couple days ago. I’m drinking lots of water to stay…

Iris Guesthouse 

Mom, you asked for some pictures so here is the view from the balcony of the hotel we’re staying at in Kigali, called Iris Guesthouse. I took this picture at 5:30am this morning as the time difference really made it hard to sleep. It’s so lovely here and not as different from the States as I thought it would be……

Jet lag and the Time Difference

Where to even begin? The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind! Let me start by saying that I made it! I’m in Rwanda, Kigali to be exact, and so far it’s been wonderful. The 17 hour journey over was uneventful in a good way (all my luggage arrived safely!)–the only downside was that on my first flight the large…