by Lisa Telford (Team Member and Associate Pastor Grace Church North Indy)

The scripture that comes to mind when I think of Rwanda is James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

The women were a gift to me. Their resilience and new hope in Christ are evidences that the Father of light has redeemed them. Their powerful singing, dancing and praising are evidences that God is their focus in spite of all they have experienced. How amazing they are! I can't even imagine how God is using them in their families, churches and communities.

The timing of our being in Rwanda was a gift to me. As difficult as it is to remember the tragedies in their lives, April 7 will always have a deeper meaning for me. Seeing the people of Rwanda come together to grieve, remember and then serve each other is a gift of forgiveness and God’s redemption.

The team that I served with in Rwanda was a gift to me. Each person contributed using their spiritual gifts, natural talents and servant hearts. Each woman showed the love of God to each other and especially to the women we served. What a privilege to witness the many ways God used us in this endeavor. The days were full, but so was the commitment to show His grace to each other. Even when we were weary, we were light to one another.

The staff at Alarm were an amazing gift to me. They demonstrated in every way the heart of a servant. I was humbled by them and want to emulate their sweet spirits. Even when I KNOW they had to be weary, their service didn’t change and shift. They reflected the heart of God and the light of the Spirit.