Wednesday, June 24, 2009

World Vision Wednesday

I'm going to try something a little different here. On Wednesday, I'm going to share something from or about the work of World Vision. Jan and I have been sponsoring children through World Vision for a number of years and have volunteered at concerts sponsored by the organization. We appreciate the ministry of World Vision as it helps provide for the least of these.

This week, I have an excerpt from an article titled, "Rwandan Genocide 15 Years Later: Alice Forgives:

"They were armed with guns, machetes, swords, and clubs. They saw me and approached. One of them took my baby out of my hands and [killed her]," says Alice. Then, a man named Emmanuel cut off Alice's hand and slashed her face. "Others hit me with nail-studded clubs, and I lost consciousness."

Fifteen years after the genocide, Alice's memories are still fresh; she has a scar on her jaw and is missing a hand. However, there is something extraordinary about this soft-spoken woman: With the help of World Vision reconciliation workshops, she found the strength to forgive Emmanuel and the men who killed her baby. In fact, Alice lost 100 members of her extended family, and yet she forgave.

Read the whole story here.

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