Rewrite the Story
Posted on January 27, 2017
Everyone has a story. At ALARM, our story will forever be tied to the nation of Rwanda.
ALARM’s story began in 1994 at the end of the Rwandan Genocide, when my home country was in its darkest days. As I expressed in the opening chapter of Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven, “In the hundred days of genocide between April and July 1994, my people experienced hopelessness, abandonment, despair, and death. To the world, Rwanda had no hope and no possibility of a future.” Yet, I knew I served the God of Redemption and was confident He was already rewriting the story of Rwanda. From Scripture I also understood that God has commissioned the Church into His ministry and message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19). When I realized that 65 percent of Rwanda’s pastors and church leaders had been murdered in the Genocide, and that those who survived had lost wives, children, and congregations, I felt God’s call to restore the fallen shepherds of Rwanda. The surviving Church was either bent on vengeance or remained silent during the reprisal killings following the Genocide. The Rwandan Church was in desperate need of the message of reconciliation.
I founded ALARM so we could share this message and invite the Church into God’s redemptive work.
This is at the heart of ALARM’s story: developing servant leaders in the African Church and community who have accepted God’s invitation to reconcile broken relationships and restore their communities. Just as God transformed the story of Rwanda from one of death and despair to one of hope and restoration, ALARM exists to rewrite the stories of African families, communities, and nations affected by conflict and injustice.
As we look at the ongoing conflicts in the countries where ALARM works, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. We need to be reminded of the God we serve, and look to Rwanda—a living testimony that restoration and national reconciliation are possible.
In 2017, we invite you into God’s redemptive mission. I am confident that together we can rewrite the stories of lives affected by conflict and injustice throughout East and Central Africa.