Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Travel to Kibuye

by Stephanie Warner
Stephanie with Jill in Kibuye
Monday morning we woke up, as usual, got ready, and went downstairs to breakfast.  Everyone was happily surprised when the usual morning breakfast of eggs had for the day been switched to french toast (everyone had been growing a little tired of eggs throughout the week).  After breakfast we did some last minute packing in preparation for spending the next few days in Kibuye and working in the nearby refugee camp, Kiziba.  Jen and Serge gave us a short orientation about the camp, the refugees, and what to expect.

The team at on overlook on the way to Kibuye

View from the bridge we walked across

A vista on our trip to Kibuye

The top of the waterfall
We had a quick lunch then packed the jeeps for a three hour drive to Kibuye.  Even though everyone was exhausted we were not allowed to sleep on the drive and instead were instructed to look out the window at the beautiful scenery.  I was so thankful that I didn't miss the opportunity to see more of God's wonderful creation.  Driving through the Rwandan hillls was simply breath-taking and it gave new meaning to the country's nickname, Land of a Thouand Hills.  On the way we made three stops.  The first was a bridge that we crossed by foot because of a tradition that Jen and Serge have.  The next stop was simply another place to strech and take pictures.  The third stop and my favorite was a waterfall.  We climbed down a path to get a closer view of the waterfall.  On the path we saw a group of three boys that played their homemade instrument and sang for us.  They put a smile on everyone's face.  We climbed back up the path to get a full view of the waterfall and the surrounding hills.  The scene, along with every scene we saw that day, was so gorgeous and simply picture perfect it looked like a painted backdrop.

This was a much needed day to relax and bond as a team as we prepare for the next step of our journey.


  1. Great post Stephy. I love your pictures, they're so pretty. From your description it sounds like it really is a beautiful place. Love you, -Jen

  2. I love reading your posts! The stories are amazing and I can't wait to hear about the refugee camp. You're all in my thoughts and prayers! Sending my love! :)
    -Sarah Lemm

  3. So soon you will be homeward bound. How did that happen so quickly? Have a great last day there and safe travels! Miss you and looking forward to your arrival home!
    Janice Riemer

  4. What a beautiful place! Sounds like a much needed day for you. We check the blog many times a day and are so excited whenever there is a new posting. Love, Mom (Sue)

  5. We check a couple times a day, too, Steph, and let eachother know when there is a new blog. Then I usually comment on it to your mom. We are keeping everyone in our thoughts & prayers, and can't wait to hear about the experiences firsthand. There must be so much to share that isn't captured through the pictures or blog. Love, Deb & Brett

  6. Steph - nice writing. Ms. Klein would be proud. What an experience! Safe travels as you all head home.
    Mrs. Barnes

  7. Stephanie - It is great to see you writing on the blog and from the first picture, it looks like yor "sass" is still going strong!

    What is the background behind Jen and Serge's tradition of crossing the bridge by foot?

    It sounds like today was a great opportunity to recharge and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

    I cannot wait until you are back home... and you can tell us all about your experiences in person!

    Love, Dad (Craig)

  8. Stephanie- I'm praying for you and the rest of your team. Its really great to hear all the ways you are seeing God at work. I can't wait to hear all your stories and see all your pictures when you get back. I know God will continue to use you in amazing ways for the rest of your time in Rwanda.
    Erica H