Can we travel to Rwanda to serve and rebuild the broken community? “If you are going to serve in that community, my friend, first you need to realize what you are getting yourself into,” says Dr. Celestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as a co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. 11,000 people were killed at the church site in Nyamata, Rwanda, which has now become a genocide memorial. “Practice reconciliation first in your community; understand how difficult it is.” Most – if not all – Americans have no frame of reference for the experience of mass genocide and will be poorly equipped to minister to survivors. “Go there with an open mind…you’re going to deal with men and women who are traumatized.”
From The Justice Conference 2012.