I always roll my eyes when my generation is referred to as "the future of our country"...
...or at least I used to when I was in high school. The concept of being "the future" didn't seem real to me or my friends - as if our parents would work at their jobs forever and we'd never have to grow up.
Now, as I see old friends climb their respective ladders and do things to change the world, it makes a lot more sense. I can see it happening. Unfortunately, the impacts are not always positive.
It's no secret that the values of the world differ with God's values frequently and significantly. This isn't a new thing (source: the Bible, all of history, etc.) However, one way we can build God's kingdom here and now is by speaking into the lives of "the future leaders" of our world.
This is precisely what Pastor Patrick is trying to do in Rwanda. By educating and discipling young people, he is focussed not only on avoiding more tragedies like the Rwandan Genocide, but changing the values of Rwandan society to align more with God's kingdom. That is why he wants to build a new secondary school.
I had the privilege of hearing this vision directly from Pastor Patrick on my recent project trip to Rwanda and it was certainly inspiring...
As part of EMI's transition to a new website, I'm excited to share our family's new personal support page. This contains some basic information about us, our story and how you can support what we do with EMI. Check it out at emiworld.org/braden-swab
One important note: if donating on our new website (including our personal support page), please ensure you select "Canadian Dollars" as your donation currency in order to receive a Canadian tax receipt (or select "US Dollars" if you require a US tax receipt).
We will be transitioning all of our PayPal supporters to this new system in the near future, so be on the lookout for more information about that soon!
Thank you so much for your prayers, support and encouragement! Through your support, you are living out Jesus' command:
"Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."