Rwanda :: Freedom Reigns In This Place

13 Aug
Amanda with some of her new friends.

Amanda with some of her new friends.

Recently, Amanda Ibrahim, a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA went to Umuryango, a Christian orphanage near Kigali, Rwanda. She graciously allowed me to post some of her thoughts and photographs from her life-changing trip. You can read even more at Amanda’s trip blog here. She also filmed a documentary while working with her team.–Amy

By Amanda Ibrahim I am sitting in the Rwandan airport right now already missing all of the beautiful relationships I have made with the boys at the home. There is so much to think about and so much to take in. Many of the boys told me that they will never forget me. It is a really sad thing to leave. We have shed a lot of tears together (and we are talking tough street kids that are crying). I desperately want to come back here. I’ve never thought that I could develop a relationship with boys that couldn’t speak my language that much and for just intruding in their lives for two weeks. I feel that a piece of my heart will always be left in Rwanda, and I hope that one day I can come back and piece together my heart again. Last night we had a party for the boys at our home in Gitarama (and it feels like home). We danced to many crazy American songs for hours and hours and ate plenty of good food, we broke bread and shared communion together at the very end, then we shed our tears.

This is my little buddy, Siliac. He is a street boy from Gitarama and is a new addition to the home. He is 8 years old, and his voice is like a little man. He likes to do Karate moves and play games with the older boys. My favorite thing about him is when he says in english “I am precious.”

This is my little buddy, Siliac. He is a street boy from Gitarama and is a new addition to the home. He is 8 years old, and his voice is like a little man. He likes to do Karate moves and play games with the older boys. My favorite thing about him is when he says in English “I am precious.”

I don’t know how to describe what God has shown me, but the song “Freedom Reigns” still echoes in my head: Freedom Reigns in this place, showers of mercy and grace, falling on every face, there is freedom. I hope that I can piece together this documentary as soon as possible, there is so much to share with all of you, and I hope that you will come and watch it once I finish it. I still have two more interviews to do, these will be conducted in the states (two people that run the home live in the states), then I will have all my pieces together and hopefully I can finish it.

A flower David (orphan) gave me at Umuryango.

A flower David (orphan) gave me at Umuryango.

Many of the boys have told me that they wish for me to tell you about them. I wish to tell you about them too. That is why I documented their lives; they are meant to be shared and for us to praise God about. Their lives are miracles, and I don’t know how else I can describe their love. They send their blessings and wish for you to listen.

My film buddy Jackson. Jackson is a shy kid who likes to hide in places and pop out of them and hide again. He really enjoyed working with my camcorder and refused to let me carry the tripod, so he became my personal assistant. He is a great kid who is first in his class of 57 children.

My film buddy Jackson. Jackson is a shy kid who likes to hide in places and pop out of them and hide again. He really enjoyed working with my camcorder and refused to let me carry the tripod, so he became my personal assistant. He is a great kid who is first in his class of 57 children.

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No Responses to “Rwanda :: Freedom Reigns In This Place”

  1. Andrew August 13, 2008 at 7:42 PM #

    Great photography and story!

  2. Bruce August 14, 2008 at 5:41 PM #

    what a great job – it really expresses the love and genuine transformation that our Father is working in Umuryango childrens home. it was a joy and delight to have Amanda on our team – the church that Jesus is building is awesome! love the article and photos and love the people the represent!

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