Bingham Academy Class of 2013

Bingham Academy Class of 2013

Check out this post by our friends the Farrell’s who serve with us at Bingham. What a great privilege it was this past week to be a part of the graduation of these amazing bunch of young people. 

Rwanda

A land of a thousand hills where two parallel societies exist, those on the ridges and those in the valleys.

The society on the ridge drives cars on sealed roads, everybody is dressed well and every manicured garden has a large fence and immaculate house behind it. The shops and restaurants are all clearly signposted and have diverse menus. A military presence is felt and the place is very quite.

The society in the valley is accessed by dirt tracks, walking or moto only. The houses are mud walls, the children are friendly and very willing to engage. They talk about their schools, being orphans and were they are heading to. Plenty of smiles and greetings are exchanged in four different languages as we try and find one the works for both people. The gardens are lush with corn, beans, potato, banana, papaya and marrow growing in abundance. The sound of people can be clearly heard from the sound of large numbers meeting in small shacks, to the African beat of music echoing around to the laughter of the workers as
they complete there jobs. No fences, no walls, no visible security at all.

As you exit the valley and climb back onto the ridges you are hit by the change in pace of life and the absence of ‘people’ replaced instead by cars. Whether on the ridges or down in the valleys the country is kept in a very clean state, with community work days once a month where everyone must close their business and help clean their country. The pride in their land of a thousand hills is felt in every aspect in society, whether it is a small boy taking my hand and
showing me his village or the person who leaves his office to show us one of the genocidal sites and requests that we take what we have seen and learnt and tell others so that they can stop it happening in their country.

Learning about the genocide, the mistakes that were made by the government, the aid agencies, the UN, and the people themselves was reflective of there being no logical or explanable reason for how this could happen, other than there is evil in our world. It was not just the number of deaths that occurred during the genocide that make it so appalling, but rather that it was neighbours killing neighbours and often times intentionally delaying their death so that a greater humiliation could take place before they finally died.

A truly challenging and eye-opening look at human nature, yet the joy of seeing a society that was ripped to pieces and is now living in a state of hope as they rebuild relationships and their country. This rebuilding can been seen from a government level as you enter the embassy or the airport all the way through to the grass roots level. When we were shopping the shop assistant stopped to tell us how the three colors in the weaving represented the three tribes and that the spiral that they form shows that they are now one. That one of the biggest insults that you can now ask a Rwandie is ‘What tribe are you from?’ We all have lessons that we can learn from this country about rebuilding, hope and racial discrimination.

And all of this on the backdrop of one of the most beautiful countries that I have every seen, with lush green hills leading away in every direction and a people who are unified with the excitement of seeing change and progress in the land of a thousand hills.

We don’t belong anywhere, actually no, we belong everywhere

We don’t belong anywhere, actually no, we belong everywhere

 

Fantastic article, written by an ex-student from Hope International School in Cambodia reflecting on her life as a Third Culture Kid. Click on the link above for an insight into her life.

Simpson’s Ethiopian Experience

Simpsons Ethiopian Experience

 

You have to watch this short Simpsons Clip – made me laugh a lot… just click on the link 🙂

Walking with the Piries October 2011

Walking with the Piries Oct 2011

Ethiopia’s River of Death

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Below is a link to an article in Christianity Today. We have SIM team mates working in this area of Ethiopia and have experienced the practice of Child Sacrifice. It is  worth a read to see how the Gospel is making a positive impact on this people group and saving the lives of many children.

Ethiopia’s River of Death