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“Plead for the widow” Isaiah 1:17b

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She sits in the church, looking down, saddened as she remembers the valleys she’s walked.  She recollects the many times she hears the question, “When is your birthday?”  She doesn’t know the date nor celebrates, because she is an orphan from the genocide against Tutsi of 1994.  She remembers when she could not find work to support her children, and they went without food for days.  She wipes the tears away with the scarf around her neck as she thinks about being chased from her home, because she couldn’t afford the 10,000 RF rent.  Her heart aches as she shares about her home.  She places buckets to collect the rain from her leaky roof while her children hover wherever they can find a dry place to stand.

This is not one story – this is the story of many widows in Rwanda.  Each is unique, but the pain is the same.  The tears are raw and real.  Despite the conflicts and hardships they’ve faced, they praise the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing all too well that He knows their pain intimately.

In America we fill our homes with things that we can’t take to heaven.  We consume and consume, even racking up debt to impress our neighbors.  Easily we spend $15 on coffee each month while a widow around the world is asking God for work to pay her $15 for rent.

As Christians, we are called to love one another. We are told to plea for the widow.

This is our plea… for the widow.

As we remember the 1994 genocide against Tutsi that occurred 20 years ago, will you stand with us?  Will we, as the church, sell our property and possessions to give to those in need (Acts 2:45)?

Learn about Supporting a Widow

Today we remember 20 years later the tragic loss of more than 1 million lives in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.  Listen to the founder of ERM-Rwanda’s testimony of being saved by God’s grace.  There is still much work to be done.  Will you stand with us?