The As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative (AWFRI) is a Rwandan-led effort to transform communities by inspiring a grassroots movement of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation nationwide. Rooted in the Biblical values of forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, AWFRI seeks to equip leaders, engage youth, develop new media, and promote community development. AWFRI firmly believes that authentic transformation can occur in post-conflict societies through the radical decision to repent and forgive.
The documentary "As we forgive" tells the story of the power and pain of radical reconciliation.
The twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide started on the 7 April 2014. As people remember and continually seek to forgive, let us pray for continued commitment and support at National and International levels for the hard-won light that is making Rwanda a beacon in Africa so that potential triggers like the noting of someone's ethnicity on their I.D. remains a thing of the past.
The As we Forgive documentary site offers other resources including a study guide. Question 7 is one we might explore during the rest of Lent: Does hearing stories of radical forgiveness in Rwanda shed different light on areas in your own life where it has been either hard to forgive or
hard to ask for forgiveness?
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