God With Us

By Gail Oakes

Great is his faithfulness! An amazing day in Rwanda where God inhabits hearts, prayers and praise! Cynthia and Jan were equipped to teach and counsel hurting people in Rwanda. Cynthia taught on parenting and Jan on the Immanuel approach, or “God with us.” I went into the country on very bumpy roads to visit my Compassion International sponsored child, Samuel, and his family of six. A white person had never visited in Samuels home. We hugged, sang, prayed,encouraged each other with words and gifts. What a privilege to be one in Christ with brothers and sisters half a world away.

We had time for a bit of shopping with Nicole and Willy. We even had the US ambassador driving behind us and pull into the US embassy. We are living out my Bible study verse, Acts 17:28: “In Him I live and move and have my being.” It is easier in Rwanda to make listening to the Holy Spirit a priority — less distractions and more need to be dependent, connected to the vine to bear fruit.