By Nicole Nelson
Walking to the tarmac on Thursday evening after about 24 hours of travel, I took a deep breath and while smiling I thought about how good it is to be back in Rwanda! Then Charlie said, “It smells like Rwanda.” I thought the same thing. A warm, peaceful feeling came over me, like the calming ease you have when you get home from work after a long, stressful day. Or like when you’re home at Christmas to be with family you haven’t seen for awhile. I experienced that kind of emotion arriving in Rwanda for my fourth time.
Rwanda is becoming a second home to me. The last few days I have enjoyed reconnecting with friends I’ve met over the years. I was also able to make a trip to the Faith Village Site, and it’s amazing to see how it has changed. On my first trip, I was with a team from City Hill Fellowship shortly after the site was purchased and we spent part of the week clearing the land. During my second and third trips, I was able to see progress from the other teams — the fence being built around the land, the foundation of the office and first home, along with all of the growing vegetation. Now the office is up and running, as construction is still going strong on the home. They have cows too!
This week I am excited to see what God will do and how he will use the counselors to heal many in Rwanda.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)