by Darlene McComis O'Lena March 26, 2016
After two eight-hour flights, I made it to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Laura, founder of Love Alive International, was there to meet me. We got in the car she had borrowed and set out for her co-workers, Randall and Jennifer’s house. Randall and Jennifer had moved to Rwanda last fall so that they could help Laura with the mission. As Laura put it--“you’ll find Randall and Jennifer’s house to be better for you. They have INDOOR plumbing.”
As we drove to their house, about 20 minutes out of the city, I found myself looking at mud houses and some pretty poor neighborhoods. We arrived at the house, which was surrounded by a concrete “fence.” It seemed that the larger houses had these fences around them that completely enclosed the house. I met Randall and Jennifer and immediately felt like we had known each other a long time. After we talked for a couple of hours, we went to bed. When I saw the bed, I felt like I was in a movie set because there was mosquito netting around the bed hanging from the ceiling. I crawled into the bed and slept soundly.
At 6 a.m. the next morning, I was awakened by a neighbor’s baby crying, an African woman singing in her language, and a rooster crowing. That was a jolt to reality. I got up and went to the bathroom. In the bathroom was a toilet, a small sink, and a drain in the floor with a faucet over it. No shower. There was also what looked like a large garbage can full of water. It turned out that there wasn’t running water all the time. When it WAS running, you filled this can up to use when there wasn’t running water. Well, we hit PLENTY of those days.
Laura had drawn up an itinerary for my time with her. On the first day, Saturday, we drove over to a place called ERM in Masaka to have a Children’s Kids Club. It is similar to our VBS. This was the second Saturday that they had met. There were close to 100 kids there.
(I think they did it because they saw how hot I was). I had one long braid tucked up in the back and a small braid on each side. It was sure funny !!
Doesn't she have a beautiful smile? And did you notice Darlene mentioned her leg brace? It doesn't show up in any pictures, but she wears it because she has Parkinsons disease. I just wanted to mention that because it adds another dimension of challenge and inspiration to her story. She didn't let it stop her! Please visit again tomorrow when you'll hear even more surprises that will lift your heart to praise the Lord with her. ♥ ferree