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100 Days of Hope

April 14, 2009
By Catherine Larson

This time of year in Rwanda is a difficult time of remembrance. One of the people I interviewed in the book wrote me recently to request prayers for his fiance. They have recently unearthed another mass grave and will finally be able to bury her father, 15 years after the genocide. The pain still gnaws through to the surface. It is still fresh--real.

I find myself often wanting to do something to help. I have been so encouraged and challenged by the faith and forgiveness of Rwandans that I want in some way to give back.

I'm hoping that I can do a little of that over the next 100 days. Coinciding with the remembrance of the 100 days of horror, I'm planning to stop at a different blog each week to raise awareness about the ongoing need and work of reconciliation, as well as the many great organizations that are at work in rebuilding, reconciling, and restoring lives and communities. (I've already made my first stop at the Dawn Treader blog. Check it out here.)

If you aren't familiar with some of the organizations involved in Rwandan reconciliation, take a look at my Get Involved page, just as a place to start. There are lots of meaningful ways, both big and small, we can support those in Rwanda. It can be as small as drinking a cup of Rwandan coffee to as big as paying a year's worth oftuition for a Rwandan orphan or sponsoring the building of a house by a repentant ex-prisoner for a survivor. There are many meaningful ways we can share in carrying this heavy load.

For each person who has purchased a book, you've already unknowingly given to that goal, as a portion of the proceeds of each sale go directly to support reconciliation in Rwanda. But pick a way to help a little more, and perhaps together we can make "Never Again" a reality for Rwanda by being a part of the reconciliation that brings shalom.


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The story of the genocide, it's victims and those who survived is sadly not well recognised throughout the world. During the 100 day slaughter the streets and tracks of Rwanda ran red with blood. Rwandans themselves call it "the time the world forgot us."

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