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Rwanda 2012, Part Seven

January 31, 2013

The news on day eight of our trip is that the rebels in the Congo have taken the city of Goma on the border of Rwanda. The Congolese government troops have moved out and a temporary peace once again reigns in that part of the country. So we have gotten approval from the Nazarene district headquarters to return to Gisenyi this afternoon. While our leaders are working on making arrangements for transportation and housing in Gisenyi we were invited out to lunch. Pastor Simon’s daughter, Dana, is living with her aunt in Kigali while attending school and has invited us to their home for lunch. It is only a few blocks away from our housing so we all walked. It rained so we took shelter under an awning in a local store to wait out the storm.

Water flowing like a river after the rain

Water flowing like a river after the rain

We made it to the house where we were served soft drinks and a wonderful meal with good company. Dana had to translate as we did not speak Kinyarwanda, the local language of Rwanda.

Our Host for Lunch with his son

Our Host for Lunch with his son

After lunch we went back to our rooms and packed for the four-hour bus ride back to Gisenyi. We stopped in a small village on the way there and had goat kebabs and seasoned potatoes that were deep-fried. It was all good until we found out some of the kebabs were made with goat intestines. They tasted all right but the thought of what we were eating did not go over very well with some of the team. We arrived in Gisenyi in the late afternoon with accommodations in the Peace Land Hotel overlooking beautiful lake Kivu.

Peace Land Hotel

Peace Land Hotel

Another guest at the hotel, the Golden Crested Crane

Another guest at the hotel, the Golden Crested Crane

The hotel was very beautiful but there were steps everywhere. up for the parking lot, up to the room and the restaurant was on the very top floor. We got our exercise and the view was spectacular.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

After we got settled in, we were off to Pastor Simon’s house for supper. As usual there was plenty of food for everyone including some pastries like donuts but deep-fried in a ball. What a treat! Then it was off to bed so we could get some rest and be ready for an exciting Sunday service and several other surprises.

Our meal at Pastor Simon's house

Our meal at Pastor Simon’s house

The rewards for doing God’s work are overwelming; it strenghtens our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In James 2:22 it saysYou see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”

 

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