(Thoughts from my May/June 2017 journey to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
It was a trip, a journey, I did not plan
But one I knew was mine to take
The gift of a journey
Far from family
Where would it lead?
Would it change me like prior trips?
Would it break my heart anew?
How would it fit within the Hope for Our Sisters mission?
I could not predict
I could not foretell
I could only say,
“Yes…I will go”
1 friend going in
10 friends coming out
A team of 11 formed through
Stories and prayers,
Laughter and tears,
Courage and celebration,
Food and sickness,
Dreams and heartache,
Lush landscapes and bumpy roads,
Languages and new adventures,
Plans and uncertainty,
Shared passions and hopes
An unexpected gift occurred on this unexpected journey
The gift of a moment, captured in time
Me surrounded by beautiful, joy-filled African children
The fulfillment of a vision God birthed in my heart seven years ago
What does it mean?
God will guide and time will tell
Could it be a reminder?
A reminder of the precious children of the next generation
A generation that is starting to see and taste more hope
A generation that can continue their parents’ work to drive culture shifts for beneficial and lasting change
A generation that can take hold of what their parents are unleashing today to establish a better tomorrow
A generation of precious and powerful change-makers
An unexpected journey with a newly-formed team
Returning home with hope for a
New day in DR Congo…A new future of
Written while flying back to America…
© 2017 by Brooke F Sulahian