** I have edited this post and delted most of the details, images and even some comments to protect her identity and to respect all that she has been through. If you have seen the movie, “Hotel Rwanda” it’s a pretty accurate portrayal of what is going on over there… times a million. **
I spent three weeks in South Africa back in 2008. While I was there I saw extreme poverty, the effects of AIDS, heard stories of rape and murder but it never came close to the stories I’ve heard about the genocide that is going on in areas of Africa like Uganda, Sudan, Namibia and Rwanda.
I was recently introduced to a lady from Rwanda.
She lived in many refugee camps in Rwanda since her family was killed. She managed to escape with only her Bible in hand, her only possession tied to her identity.
Her story is one of bravery, courage, and fear.
She left Africa with only her memories and the scars from a machete on her body.
Things that we take for granted — from birthday parties, toys for our kids, to the use of a dishwasher — things she has never experienced.
Every day she is grateful for everything she has. She says over and over again, “I am so blessed. God has blessed me with so much.”
It really puts things into perspective.
Us and our first world problems… we have nothing to complain or whine about! I have been so bothered as I listen and see people complain on Facebook/Twitter, whine and be so negative about their situations here in the 1st World. “I want this!” – “I want that!” – “I deserve it!” “I don’t have….” waaahhhhhhhhh!
For what? To have more toys than our neighbour? To have more items to add to our collections? All in an effort to “Keep up with the Jones'”… Even my own complaining that we are a one-car family has now made my stomach turn. I don’t want to forget this moment and get caught up in the “it’s not enough” game again.
What is it going to take to get us to realize how blessed we truly are?!!! We need to learn to be satisfied with our present circumstances and with what we have.
“Let your character or moral disposition be free from the love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving from earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]…” Hebrews 15:5a