I wrote today’s program on the Umuvumu Tree Project in Rwanda. This was a very difficult, but important program for me. I have included below a few quotes and links to information that did not make it into the program
“Eighty-three-year-old John Hebian Berriff lost 187 family members in the genocide, yet he has forgiven all those responsible.”
“Without God, I would hate such killers with all of my heart,” said Rucyahana. “But with God, I can truly say that I love them. We cannot wait until the pain is over. We must forgive now, like Jesus did while He was on the cross.”
“Rwandans cannot afford to wait “until the pain is over,” says Rucyahana. In Rwanda, he sees a parable of reconciliation: “I think God is using this, the humility, the brokenness, the ashes, to set an example for other countries … If Rwanda can recover from this … other nations can recover.”
If you follow this link, you can read a story about how Umuvumu works with genocide criminals. And how the criminals are admitting to their crimes and finding freedom in the truth.
Grace and Peace to you all,