Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Birthday, Serge!
Today Serge turns 22 years old. It's hard to believe! When we met he was 19 years old. Serge is our adopted son and we are his American family for those just tuning in.
Serge is from Rwanda and survived the genocide of 1994. He almost died countless times while the Hutu tribe were hunting down the Tutsi tribe to kill them with machetes. These were his friends. His church members. His neighbors. 800,000 people died in 100 days.
When Serge got to ACU he learned about the love of God and saw that it really did exist. He longs to go back to his country where he can educate those there about tolerance, acceptance and the love of God.Serge's birthday fifteen years ago was spent running and hiding in a bamboo marsh to save his life. He was turning seven years old. My goodness, what his eyes have seen and her ears have heard. My older eyes and ears have never experienced.
We're taking Serge and Esperance (his pledged girlfriend) to dinner tonight at Bonzai. Esperance is from Congo and lives here in Abilene. To be pledged in his country and to meet families is like our engagement. She is a lovely girl and Serge is so in love with her. He's most thankful she is a Christian - - a real Christian...not the kind that killed his people in 1994. Me, too.
Happy Birthday, son!