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Prayer & Action for
Reconciliation in Rwanda
Jim McGinnis, inspired by
his new book
As we continue
to pray and act for peace around the globe this week, especially in
Afghanistan, western China, and Pakistan, please consider forwarding this
weekly prayer & action request on behalf of the people of Rwanda to your
Insight on Reconciliation in Rwanda.
I had the great
privilege last week to be with Immaculee Iilibagiza at a conference at Notre
Dame. Her story of survival through 91 days hidden in a bathroom during the
genocide in Rwanda in 1994 was incredible. But even more miraculous is the
story of her journey into forgiveness and reconciliation with those who
butchered the rest of her family and a million other Tutsi citizens of
Rwanda. Her story is available on her
website (including a 13-minute video of her appearance on 60 Minutes),
in her book LEFT TO TELL: Discovering
God Amidst the Rwanda Holocaust, and in an
with her. Proceeds from the sale of her book go to her
Left to Tell
Charitable Fund for scholarships for orphaned Rwandan youth.
Prayer for Reconciliation and Compassion in Rwanda
God of forgiveness, we ask your forgiveness for the world's silence and our
own inaction not only during this genocide, but wherever violence destroys
your children and we are too pre-occupied to care. We thank you for the
revelation of your divine love in the acts of forgiveness and reconciliation
of Iphigenia and thousands of other Rwandans. We pray for continued healing
among Tutsis and Hutus, especially for the women weaving reconciliation as
well as baskets in their weaving groups. Help us rise above our own hurts
and reach out in truth and reconciliation to those we have hurt and those
who have hurt us.
We pray, too, for the leaders of our world and for ourselves, that we will
never again remain silent in the face of massive violence, whether it is in
Darfur, the Congo, Somalia, or in the slums of Brazil, Haiti, Gaza, or even
in some of our own communities. Teach us to care. We are all sisters and
"Hotel Rwanda" or one of the other films about the genocide and efforts for
reconciliation. Consider supporting the work of L'Association des
Orphelins Chefs de Menage (the
Association of Orphan Heads of Households) begun in 2000, the
UN Women's Fund and Macy's
Path to Peace
Project, which sells the "peace baskets"
made by Tutsi and Hutu weaving groups.
As a way of honoring God's amazing work through Immaculee, especially this
week as the Rwandan people celebrate their July 1st independence day July,
please consider contributing to her Charitable Fund through the
purchase of her book
and/or a donation.
Order a copy of Praying for Peace Around the Globe
or call 1-800-833-0245.
Thanks for caring.