One thing that is abundantly clear to us during this season of instability is that we are not in control. We had to flee because of the violence. Right now, we are living outside of our rented home, outside of our adopted country, and we are unsure of when we might return. Yet we hear what Jeremiah heard: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). We believe that God has led us to this place, and even though our plans have changed it seems that our ministry has not been hindered. In fact, if anything, it seems that the change and instability of this season has facilitated more effective ministry and opened new doors for us.
For example, our temporary move to Rwanda has put us in closer proximity to Congolese leaders, and we’ve been able to connect more closely with them as a result. We’ve also taken on a new role with our Burundian brothers and sisters by coming alongside them to provide urgent food. This has served to strengthen relationships with our ministry partners. In addition, through this crisis, we’ve been exposed to an approach to discipleship and development that will inform how we minister in the years to come.
Our temporary home in Rwanda has also been a place of peace for our family. As we ponder God’s intentions, we can identify with the words of Elihu in Job: “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction” (Job 36:16). We are so grateful to our good Lord for his leading and wooing in our lives. We feel him drawing us deeper into prayer, as well as gently reminding us that all we do is for his name’s sake. We have so much to be thankful for.