Rwanda is a landlocked East African country whose green, mountainous landscape has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Bordering Congo and Uganda, the park encompasses 4,507m-tall Mt. Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. Rwanda is the most densely populated country on the African continent with 12 million people living in a land area smaller than Rhode Island.
It is sad, but true, that when the country of Rwanda is brought up in a conversation, the most common memory people share is tied to the genocide of 1994. In a period of 100 days, while the world looked the other way, one million innocent men, women and children were systematically slaughtered in an attempt to eradicate an entire people group. Many questioned if the country could survive what had happened there.
How does a country that has experienced this level of devestation rise from the ashes and how do people who have been scarred so deeply find healing and hope? Thanks to great leadership and a people who are hard-working and resilient, Rwanda has become a thriving country. However, helping people overcome and break free from the scars of genocide is an ongoing process of reconciliation that can only happen through the Grace of God flowing through people living in the Love of God.