Remembrance Day in a new town is an interesting thing. None of us have ancestors or roots here. And yet we all come with a story and a heritage. Those stories, and what we do with them, will shape us. This week, in the Primary School, Secondary School, and, on Sunday, outside by our newly named Bug Hunters' Water, Northstowe is coming together to remember the horrors of war and the heroism of individuals through story and through silence, so that these may become real in the present and influence and inspire us to work for reconciliation, peace and justice in the future
Where to find the rich blessing of “Mutual Inconvenience” and holy discomfort
October is Black History Month. During the pandemic, we had spent some time trying to educate ourselves to be antiracist, by reading books, and watching videos. But in light of Beth's visit to Rwanda, can we do more. Is it time to call for some Reverse Missionary help?
Rebuilding, overcoming, blessing, and changing
At the end of last week, we had the huge honour to be part of the consecration and official opening of a new church building. As the choirs sang, we joined a procession with the Bishop, Archdeacon, local pastors, catechists, and the ever-wonderful mother's union. A large white bow was tied across the new doorway. … Continue reading Rebuilding, overcoming, blessing, and changing
Pockets! Beloved of women the world over
Hidden down alleys and up and down stairs in Kigali, you can find wonderful fabric shops. Some are in such dark places they have big torches to help you choose. Others are well lit, revealed row after row of stunning designs We were accompanied by a local tailor, who knew rather more about fabric than … Continue reading Pockets! Beloved of women the world over
The unexpected prayers of the angel-messenger
This evening, we wandered up to Kigali Cathedral to sit on the steps, look over the vast expanse of the lights of the city, and reflect. As we drew closer, unexpectedly, we heard voices inside. Then a familiar voice called up to us, "try the other door: join us to pray!" The bible is full … Continue reading The unexpected prayers of the angel-messenger
2 diverse churches with so much in common, together telling stories of what God has done
From one new town to another - reflecting on Sunday in Rwanda
In a village, people are bound to notice ..
Always take the weather with you…
Revd Beth's blog... written after we'd all dried off!
Different contexts, same family, same calling
Read Beth's blog from the first day in Rwanda, as the team learn some Kinyarwanda, start to explore, and are reminded that "you are home. we are family"...
Wow what a welcome!
After a long day traveling, we were overwhelmed by the warmth of the greeting we've received here in Rwanda. We never expected to be greeted with flowers and chocolates by the customer service team at the new international airport! But even more special was the welcome that followed. We stepped out into the evening, and … Continue reading Wow what a welcome!