Meet My People

Because I have met and will continue to meet so many people throughout my year, I think I will make this a recurring post featuring the faces and the stories of the people I have come to know. (This picture is from my first day in Gicumbi, my Rwanda family and friends!)

First up, my host parents!

It is an amazing thing for a family to open their door and hearts to a total stranger. Actually, I really cannot get over the fact that I am living here with these strangers and they have taken care of me and loved me like another child. I am so thankful for the time I get to spend laughing, learning, teaching, sharing, discussing, and just living with them. Meet Pastor and Mama H!


Pastor Caleb 

HEIJ5821We do not speak the same language, though he knows more English than I know Kinyarwanda, and yet we’ve had some really deep conversations. With some translating help, we have sat together for hours to pick apart the Bible, argue about social issues, and share our personal stories of why we are here and where we are going. As you can see from this picture, he can also be quite the goofball. We took this picture while sharing some sugar cane on a Sunday afternoon.

Mama Haleluya


Mama Haleluya is incredible. I cannot even begin to describe the level of hospitality and the amount of love this woman puts out into the world. She literally speaks no English so we have my limited Kinyarwanda and a lot of gestures to help us communicate. She is the best teacher. Her laugh is contagious and we already have more inside jokes than either of us can remember. This is a picture of Mama Haleluya sitting in the front yard, soaking up some sunshine.


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