VMC Stories

Our Time in Rwanda

By Gord, July 21, 2017

Good evening to all of you!

Our time in Rwanda went very well. A few people remembered a Canadian missionary from Hamilton, Ontario named Margaret Petrie. 32 years ago, she left a Canadian flag behind. It was used as part of the decor for the conference. It turns out that Heather met her numerous times. It’s a small world!

The conference participants were eager to learn. I did one session on counselling couples. After I completed the first section of the session, a man in the front row said “it’s as if you know our neighbours”!

We had a very good meeting on Thursday morning with the national board members and some of the regional pastors. The government requires that their network of churches file their vision, mission and primary activities in a way that applies both to the national network of churches and to the individual churches. They have completed this—not so easy—task with excellence!

On Thursday afternoon, we visited the memorial for victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. It was a sobering and sad experience. It’s remarkable to see how much the people of Rwanda have recovered from this tragedy.

There is so much to process as a result of this trip! The partnering talks turned out very well. Before we came, these conversations were one of my big concerns. Thank you for all of your prayers!

– Gord