Sometimes God uses adverse circumstances to draw us closer to him. Such was my case in my calling. After witnessing the murdering of my own parents in Rwanda in 1994, I fled my homeland and became a refugee in Tanzania. Life was not easy; no running water, no food, no shelter and no hope of tomorrow. I was a newlywed and pregnant with my first child. It was during this time of great distress that the calling of intercessory ministry was made clear to me. Even though I grew up in a Christian home and I attended church weekly all my life, it was not until then that I sought God wholeheartedly. The Holy Spirit rested upon me in a powerful way, and I clearly heard the calling to serve God. I said, “Lord, I have nothing and the only thing I know how to do is to pray.” The Lord replied; “intercede for my people, for the body of Christ, for nations and more.”
After two years of living in that kind of hardship, God opened the door for me to come to the United States of America in a refugee resettlement program in 1996. Upon arriving to the USA, my first thought was that everything was going to be like heaven on earth. However, transitioning into American life wasn’t that easy. Little did I know that I had challenges to overcome before I started living as a normal whole human being again. The fact that I did not speak a word in English made me paralyzed and felt like a lame in every area of normal life. I literally needed coaching on everything of everyday life as well as emotional support. I was blessed enough to have relatives who guided me along the way and that meant a lot to me.
It did not take long to start a prayer group together with a few friends. Our group grew and we officially opened our intercessory ministry in 2003. I have been serving God in the intercessory ministry tirelessly since then. Our intercessory ministry has not only met spiritual needs of many incoming refugees who desperately needed it especially because of language barrier, but has also served as a social and physical support in many ways. Our services ranges from cultural orientation which include how to dress appropriately per season, use of appliances, readiness for jobs, social issues, as well as awareness of one’s role in the community.
Ever since we started in 2003, we have expanded our ministry to Canada and Europe and we have students we sponsor in different countries in Africa. I taught my children to give back in the same way. My daughter Aliane had taken the mission of our ministry to heart. We resettled to USA when Aliane was only one and half year old. In 2014, in her freshman year in college, she went to Tanzania, the place where she was born as a refugee in a camp, to serve as a missionary. Now a senior, she plans to continue to give back with plans to travel to the Dominican Republic to serve a community of Haitian refugees.
Being so thankful of how God has not only saved my life but also preserved me during difficult times, I am humbled to be able to give back.