A Day of Many Emotions

on Aug 22, 2013 | 5 comments

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No words.

Making drums sticks.

Patrick, in a shining moment.

School kids crowd around local hip hop star, Jay Polly.


An emotional rollercoaster of sorts…from joy to extreme sadness to extreme joy and confusion. While waiting for the motos (local Rwandan taxi motorcycles) to take us to the Genocide Memorial, school children crowded around me wanting their photos taken and a handshake. Then I experienced the weight of the memorial. I couldn't stop thinking about the children that I had just met and how many, their ages, were murdered and forced to murder their friends and loved ones. It's all unimaginable. Still processing my feelings around all that I saw. Next I was treated to a performance by our LEAF Intore Cultural Troupe. These wonderful young men brought a sense of joy and hope and what a gift to see them on their own soil. They were beams of light in a place with a very dark and grim past.

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  1. Patti Oldanii

    August 23, 2013

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    Reggie, thanks for sharing. I am so proud of you for doing this. Please be safe. Love you. Mom

  2. Christy

    August 23, 2013

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    Beautiful photos. Saying a prayer for continued grace and peace to grow around those beautiful people.

  3. Dara

    August 29, 2013

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    Oh Reggie, it’s amazing that you’re there. You know you’ll never be the same again, right? R & I talk about joining a mission to Africa at some point. The photos are magnificent. Lots of love, Dara

  4. Alex

    September 1, 2013

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    Thank you Reggie,
    As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
    U are kind man.

  5. Alex

    September 1, 2013

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    Thank you for sharing what you relished in Rwanda.May God bless you for your pity.
    Where There Is Love, There Is God.
    Murakoze,
    Alex

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