Saturday, September 17, 2011

I have seen a lot of beauty.

Beauty in my fellow housemates. In their life stories of difficulties overcome. In the sweetness of my friendships with them and the laughter that we share. Beauty in the landscape. A country of a thousand hills, layer upon layer of green gardens, banana trees, small huts and rock walls. Beauty in the bodies of water. Fresh crystal blue lakes, mud soaked rivers, and even kids bathing each other in watering holes. Beauty in lives of the Rwandans. Smiling faces shining like diamonds, tired feet resting on the side of the road and communities gathered as they sit and share life together. Beauty in the Creator for giving me eyes to see and a heart to experience it all.

 I couldn't be more thankful.

We just arrived back this evening from a weekend at Lake Kivu in the western region of Rwanda. It was like a vacation really, despite the 2 1/2 hour long bus ride, twisting through the mountains. We stayed in a lovely hotel overlooking the beautiful lake, got to take a boat out to some of the neighboring islands, went on a few hikes and swam till my arms about fell off. Now, tomorrow we ship off for another long bumpy bus ride to the eastern region in Mpanga where PROCOM's farm is located. We're going to spend a week camping in tents there and participating in a research project where we'll be carrying out household surveys and compiling data for PROCOM (who is a NGO located in Kigali). I'm really looking forward to actually participating and contributing to some of the development work that they've been spearheading. I'm sure I'll have plenty to share once I return!


  1. Lindsey- love each and every one of your updates. It is good to see you had some time to rest and relax (cool off in the Lake)- looking forward to hearing more of what you are up to in the days ahead.

    p.s. and of course you know we miss you termendously!!

  2. Lindsey - great pictures. You are on such an adventure, it's fabulous. Love how you bring Africa home to us.