Friday, December 5, 2008

The Roller Coaster - We are no longer moving to Rwanda

So....life can surely change in an instant...two months ago, we were enjoying life in Seattle, not thinking of moving at all. One month ago, we were visiting orphans and widows in Uganda and spending time with good friends in Kenya. In the midst of that trip, Dano was asked to consider a job with Food for the Hungry in Rwanda. We flew there, fell in love with the country, and decided to take the offer and life changed overnight. We cannot go into the details, but basically some significant red flags were raised in the eleventh hour and we are no longer moving to Rwanda. This was actually decided two weeks ago, but our hearts were so crushed with disappointment that we've only recently come out of our "funk."

We had started making plans to move, booked flights to see family to say goodbye and told all of our friends and loved ones we were moving to Rwanda for three years. We've spent the past month reading everything we could find on the history of the country. If you are aware that it will be a tough read, I highly, highly recommend the book, "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda." It will really make you understand the current crisis in eastern Congo. We had already made some friends in Rwanda and received so much personal affirmation from friends and acquaintances.

So, now we're not moving. We do not know what is in store. We had never asked or planned for this opportunity, so in many ways life can just continue as normal, but something has changed in us. We've kept some connections open and if we are to move to the continent of Africa, we would be ready. Dano has also received some interesting offers here in Seattle, so we'll see. And if we are to stay in Seattle, then we will do so whole-heartedly.

Our church is considering sponsoring several orphan-led households that we met in Uganda. So to know that our church family could be a family to these 27 children makes the entire trip worth it. Whenever you travel somewhere and meet people from diverse cultures, your heart is never the same. We may not be moving to Rwanda, but our hearts have been touched and we are not the same.