Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Forgiveness Changes The World

Imagine watching your family murdered in front of you, while you are tied up and forced to watch. How hard would it be to forgive them?
This woman not only forgave them, she now teaches others to do the same - all for the name of Jesus.
On Oct. 24, 1993, Barankitse was working for the Catholic bishop of Ruyigi, in eastern Burundi, Africa, when ethnic Tutsis stormed the bishops residence, killing 72 Hutus. Amid the chaos and confusion, Barankitse managed to save 25 children and, driven by hope, thoughts of peace and a calling straight from God, set out to provide a safe haven for the youngest survivors of unspeakable violence.

What began in 1993 as a home for the 25 orphaned children who survived the attack, Maison Shalom—or "House of Peace"—has grown into a multi-functional service agency helping heal and support 30,000 young people and families.
She is a living hero of the faith.

Find out more at her website.
Did I mention she has won international acclaim for her work? Including the Opus Prize?
The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. This $1 million faith-based humanitarian award is one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation.

Opus Prize winners combine an entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding faith to combat seemingly intractable global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice. Opus Prize winners demonstrate that change is possible, empowering and inspiring all of us.
A longer video is below:

Pray for forgiveness.

1 comment:

Divina Joy said...

This post made me teary eyed. I admire the woman. It is hard to forgive indeed because it's our [fallen] nature to hate. Only if you have strong faith in the Lord that you can forgive like her.