Homemade Burritos and Lively Friends

Yesterday was a wonderful day for us in Kigali. We had a full day of activities on Sunday. Interspersed between all the activity, I continued reading A Thousand Hills, by Stephen Kinzer. This book is the story of the rebirth of Rwanda, from the time leading up to the genocide of 1994 through 2007. The book features the role of current president, Paul Kagame in the transformation of the country.

Debbie and Paul and I met David Buchura at the top of the hill, by the Moto Taxi stop.

Kigali Taxi

Kigali Taxi

He took us to the small Friends church where I had visited the day before. We arrived about 0930 and a Sunday School class was going on in the building. We were ushered to seats near the front. At the conclusion of the class, we were asked to move forward, to the second row. A fellow from Maine was also there, and he joined us in this row. David had two young men sit between us to serve as translators for us.

The service was filled with music. Worship leaders led the singing, which was accompanied by a Yamaha keyboard, cranking out much more music than Paul used to when he used the same instrument while performing with Roy, during his college days. A children’s choir also sang, and several young people did solos. I only recognized one tune. Most of the songs were up tempo. People were quite energetic and there was a lot of joy and enthusiasm. I introduced myself and our family and gave a greeting from North Valley Friends and George Fox University. A young man, who was a graduate of George Fox School, preached. He was loud and forceful. His message was on faith. After the service, we stood outside and were greeted by many folks. A meeting for business followed the worship service, so most of the adults went back inside. David drove us back to the taxi stop. We were pleased to have been a part of the service, my second African church service. This one was in Kinyarwandan. In 2003, I attended a service in Okihandja, Namibia, which was in German.

For lunch, Debbie, Paul and I walked to an Ethiopian restaurant. We had a good meal, which seemed to be fairly traditional. My meal, a chicken in spicy sauce dish, was served atop a huge flat bread, accompanied by a hardboiled egg and some homemade cheese. It was quite good. Debbie had the same dish that I had and Paul had a beef dish.

Aryn drove us to the Friends compound and we joined the Thomas family for dinner. This is the first time that we had met David and Debby Thomas and their four children. David is the son of Hal and Nancy, who attend North Valley Friends Church with us (when they are not traveling around Central and South America). We got a tour of the missionary compound and learned some history of the family’s time in Rwanda. Debby and David are doing much work in transformational development, and so over dinner we learned quite a bit about the work. We had homemade burritos with guacamole and salsa, it was a wonderful meal. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to meet the Thomas family. I will write more on their work in a subsequent post.

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2 Comments on “Homemade Burritos and Lively Friends”

  1. Nancy T. Says:

    I’m so glad you finally got to be with David and Debby. I’ve been enjoying your reflections. They bring back memories.

  2. Dave Sanders Says:

    Scot- I have been enjoying your updates! I hope to go someday! Dave


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