OCTOBER 18-29, 2012 RWANDA, EAST AFRICA
Journey to Rwanda ~ the Land of a Thousand Hills with Daily Audio Bible
Led by Brian Hardin & Mike Greenberg
Come to Africa
After the 1994 genocide, Rwanda was a nation in shambles. Families were torn apart. Horrible atrocities had been perpetrated between the best of friends. A whole generation was orphaned while the world watched at a safe distance. As horrible as it was it forced a nation to it's knees and the stark reality that to survive they would need to do the impossible : forgive. Come see what God can do when a people humble themselves, pray and seek His face. Rwanda is now the gem of Africa and a land of spiritual revival and renewal. You will have the opportunity to serve children, work with leaders and discover how life, ministry and healing flow from the heart of Africa.
Ways to Participate:
Together we can give an entire classroom to children in Rwanda. To discover how you can be involved with the classroom project hands--on right in Spring Hill TN eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
When our friends in Rwanda said they needed a classroom for children... with prayer & faith we stepped out and said, “yes!” It’s no small undertaking, but we can do it, together. Whatever you can give will make a difference.
- To give to this project click HERE
Travel with us to Butare, Rwanda... you’ll be able to meet, serve and play with the kids, help inaugurate the classroom coupled with fun activities that will leave an indelible impact on all involved! True to the DAB tradition, everyone will come with us virtually, but this just might be YOUR time to get on the plane and GO with us, to Africa!
Watch the video from Rwanda 2011.
Watch the video from Rwanda 2010
Here’s the Details
October 18--29 2012
Rising from genocide, despair and desolation is a country fighting for life, justice, growth and transformation. In this land of a thousand hills you’ll find people who invite and welcome you to come, learn, grow and serve right alongside with them. As you drive through the beautiful landscape of this African nation, you’ll see people smiling, working, cleaning, farming and capturing your heart with hope in their eyes.
- Experience Reconciliation
- Experience Rwanda this October with the Daily Audio Bible
Wednesday Oct. 17 Depart:
US Participants must arrive by 8:00 PM EST at JFK airport to depart at 11:05 PM to London on American Airlines.
Friday Oct. 19 Arrival:
You will be greeted upon arrival in Kigali Rwanda to the Land of a Thousand Hills. Transportation will be waiting on you. The team will gather for introductions some instructions and light lunch and take in some of local sights in the nations capital city. After checking into our hotel for the evening we will enjoy dinner together. We'll need to work to stay awake until about 8PM to kick the jet--lag!
Saturday Oct. 20 Immersion:
We'll have a traditional breakfast together and then head to the National Genocide Center. This will be a full immersion into the history of the region, shining light on the places and people we'll experience on this journey. We will then take a beautiful drive through lush mountains to the city of Butare. In Butare we'll settle into what will be our, “home base” for the next several days. Our world class host, Bishop Nathan Gasatura, (former National Director of World Vision now serving as Bishop in the Rwandan Anglican church) and his team will care for us during our stay at the Diocese Headquarters. We will have dinner together and enjoy time with Bishop Nathan and his team, as they welcome and prepare us for the days to come.
Sunday Oct. 21 Worship Together:
In the Butare Cathedral, we will be moved with beautiful African song and worship that will touch our hearts, lift our spirits and stretch our understanding of the vastness of God and the beauty of the Body of Christ. We'll be inspired by the teaching that will set the tone as we move into our week of learning, growing and serving in Rwanda. After lunch we'll travel to the city of Nyanza to take a tour of the former Rwandan Kings Palace. Once we've had dinner, time permitting, we'll spend time with Bishop Nathan and team who will help us better understand the role of the church in the rebuilding and reconciliation of the country and providing education to the children.
Monday Oct. 22: The Classroom!
Today we will begin the inaugural activities at the brand new classroom that our team helped create.
- Women & Babies; those interested in interacting with new mothers and mommies to be will have a great opportunity to teach and learn..
- VBS; loving, playing & Bible teaching with Kids.
- Light Construction & Clean up. To help with final touches on the classroom
These examples and each day’s activities may vary depending upon actual trip participants and needs in the communities we will be serving.
Tuesday Oct. 23: The Classroom Day 2:
We continue our service activities among the villages in the Butare district.
Click here for more information about Butare.
Wednesday Oct. 24: Genocide Face to Face:
Today we will come face to face with the evils of genocide. It will be moving. It will be difficult. But in this story evil does not prevail. We've spent time with the children and among the people. We've begun to fall in love with them and it's hard to reconcile that 17 years ago utter savagery visited every doorstep. We'll visit Murumbi, a technical school where Tutsi's were told aid would be provided only to willingly walk into their own deaths. Later we'll drive to a village where we will hear stories from those who lived through the genocide and be able to ask questions and interact as we wrestle with loss, forgiveness, reconciliation and the power of God to redeem anything.
Thursday Oct. 25: The Classroom Final Day:
This will be a wonderful, and heartfelt time spent serving and loving the community around the classroom. We will take part in our service activities and start the process of saying goodbye (which will be harder than it seems)
Friday Oct. 26: Coffee and Kibeho
Today we get to experience, “Rwandan Coffee ~ from Start to finish” ~ We'll see the process from tree to cup, and appreciate even more the Rwandan coffee we enjoy at the WindFarm cafe´ and taste the impact coffee has on the region. From there we will travel to Kibeho. a site that is considered holy by the Roman Catholic Church and prophetic by Catholics and Protestants alike. This is a location where a boy named Segatashya perished in the genocide. Although his life ended in Kibeho twelve years earlier he had a personal encounter with Jesus. His story is published here. Kibeho is also a site where between 1981-1989 several young people claim to have seen Mary the mother of Jesus. In the documented testimonies some foretold of the coming killings. Even though we may have differing faith traditions on such things we will all be moved by the power of Kibeho.
Saturday Oct. 27 Umuganda:
After the Genocide it was decreed that beautification would be central to healing. The dates of this experience were crafted around the last Saturday of the month, which is called, Umuganda. It’s a time when the entire nation shuts down for a few hours to reclaim and beautify the land. There are nine million people who currently live in Rwanda. Each Umuganda nine million man hours are donated to the common good and national pride in the homeland.. Here we will witness, (and participate in) the literal turning of swords into plowshares. With the same kinds of machetes used to take life, countrymen stand side by side and work to make things new and beautiful. Afterwards we will have down-time. This is time to walk into town, buy souvenirs, journal, pray or relax. In the evening those who are musicians may have the opportunity to mentor and perhaps minister in music.
Sunday Oct. 28 Farewell:
A powerful farewell church service will be experienced in the Butare Cathedral. We'll share many hugs, goodbyes and tears. It's amazing to realize the bonds of love and friendship have gone so deep so quickly.
We'll then travel to the eastern shores of the spectacular Lake Kivu where we'll spend our final night together. As a team we will enjoy a beautiful dinner and farewell gathering while looking over the Rwandan hills and the beautiful waters.
Monday Oct. 29 Fly Home:
It's an early morning as we get up and get moving back to the capital city of Kigali. After breakfast and checking out of our final hotel, we will head to the Kigali International Airport to begin the trek home. Tuesday night you will arrive back at your own home. It will almost seem like a dream. You will be both encouraged and equipped. You will have left as "a person going on a missions trip," but will return a missionary and everything in your life will be challenged to shift forward as new context comes to light.
For More Information:
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Health and Safety
For vaccinations and other health and safety information see:
PLEASE NOTE. IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN YOU MUST BE VACCINATED FOR YELLOW FEVER. Although we will not be in any areas where you will be exposed, the US Government will not allow you back into the country and will quarantine you if you acquire it. It is recommended that you read and comply with the suggested immunizations and take the necessary precautions that are recommended whenever leaving your homeland. We recommend that you begin a malaria treatment, have your tetanus shot up to date etc. Consult your doctor.
YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM.
$3,800 (includes everything but souvenirs & airport meals) Round Trip Flight Price included from JFK.
Less $1700 if you cover your own flights.
Single Room Occupancy: $325 Additional
$750 Deposit due at time of registration. $1500 due by July 1, 2012
Balance due August 31, 2012
Cancelation Dates & Refund Policy:
Prior to May 30 2012; Full Refund Less 50% of your deposit. May 7--July 31; 50% of Deposit plus $500 not--refundable. After August 31; No refund available.
One full sized checked bag, must be under 50Lbs and of easy to manage dimensions. You will be responsible to move and facilitate all of your own luggage.
What is covered:
From the time you depart Kigali International Airport until the time the team is dropped back at Kigali International Airport all scheduled group meals are included. You may have certain snacks or special food needs that can be discussed and reasonably accommodated. Most lunches are light. Snacks and additional non-common meal items are discretionary and self-pay.
All lodging in Rwanda is covered. You will stay in safe, comfortable accommodations. Please be aware that Rwanda is an emerging country and although clean, safe and comfortable the lifestyle is simple and not all western amenities are available.
All ground transportation from the time you land at Kigali International Airport until the time the team is delivered back to Kigali International Airport is covered.
You will be supplied daily with filtered bottled water. Beverages at mealtime included will be:
- Breakfast: juices, tea, coffee, water
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