As you may know, my journey in ministry has been taking me to the dark places where I have encountered the light of Christ: in prisons and hospitals, in the Holy Land and around the globe. In just 7 weeks, I will be adding another destination on this path.
Tyson and I are heading to Rwanda, along with others from our church in Raleigh, to partner with an organization called Zoe Empowers. This ministry has been identifying child-led homes, who are among the most vulnerable, and walking them through a 3-year empowerment program to equip them with education, income, community, and safety. We will get to witness the empowerment model in action and how Zoe Empowers is changing lives socially, economically, and spiritually.
Why am I so excited? Rwanda has been on my radar for decades, and I have wanted to learn how a nation recovers from the devastation of genocide. In my calling as a peacemaker and pastor, I anticipate learning from Rwandans, as well as the empowerment model they developed, will be an important building block that will shape ministry in the years to come.
I’m also elated that our 17-year-old wants to join me! I expect this trip to shape him in ways that our life in North Carolina cannot. Tyson is a deep thinker, and I know he will be asking tough questions about justice, culture, and spirituality that will be profoundly formative.
Our trip will cost about $6000 for the two of us to attend. We have committed to go, trusting that God will prompt some of you to contribute as a way of investing in both the ministry of Zoe Empowers and the “butterfly effect” of how this will be paid forward in us and in those we serve here in the U.S.
If you’d like to join us by donating and praying, you can do so right here on this site.
If you’re curious about the work of Zoe Empowers, you can check it out here: www.zoeempowers.com
Our trip is February 21 - March 1st, and I can’t wait to share about it with you afterward!!
Grace and peace,