Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'll Miss Ya

by Connor Harty

Oh Rwanda, beautiful Rwanda. Having not been out of the country before this trip, it isn’t exactly the biggest statement to say that Rwanda is the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. I felt like this trip was truly full circle, because we flew in at night, and then we left at night on the same flight plan that took us here. But writing this on the way home really showed me how much I’m already missing the wonderful country and truly amazing people. At night in Rwanda, the hills are lit up with thousands of tiny bluish lights, from all the buildings built into the side of the beautiful landscape. What I got caught up with was that out of those lights, at least one of those tiny lights was from someone’s house whom we met. 

I’ll also take a lot back from the 4 leaders we had for those 2 weeks: Robbie, Stephanie, Jen, and Serge. Their message was clear, they made this trip as great as it could be but they also stressed how important it is that we take all that we learned, back with us and make a difference in our own community. See, stories aren’t any good if we don’t share them. This trip has been a crucial realization of a different culture and simply of a different people group. Now, I know the stories of all these different people and I can share them to make sure no one else forgets these really amazing people. 

There’s so much we got to do on this trip, and so much more that we could have done, but I thank God for the opportunity to go on such an amazing experience, It’s eye opening to realize that this group of 13 kids have already gotten to experience something at a young age that many people won’t even get to experience in a life time. Now it’s just moving on to stage 3 of the trip, the after. Like I said, it means nothing if we don’t do anything with this experience. But at the moment, I don’t know how I can help. It’ll have to be a longer process, but I know that God will show me the way for me to continue helping out the Rwandan community and also refugees in general. Thank you so much again to all of the parents for the never ending support, the blog comments were one of the best parts of the day and I speak from all of us when I say that we appreciate everything you all have done and continue to do. 

1 comment:

  1. I will miss Rwanda, seen through your eyes, as well. We will continue to walk with you in the "after" part, until long after the red Rwandan soil has been dispersed from your shoes! Carry on!