A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Our Stories in the Wilderness w/ Amena Brown and Pastor Florence of Rwanda

This portion of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture features Our Stories in the WILDERNESS with spoken word artist and author,  Amena Brown, and Pastor Florence Mugisha of Kigali, Rwanda.

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Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books: Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour.

 

Amena is the host of three podcasts: HER With Amena Brown, the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name, and Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta where they host an open mic every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.

Connect with Amena:

Website: http://www.amenabrown.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amenawrites

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amenabee

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/amenabee

Episode Pastor Florence

Pastor Florence Mugisha is the Co-Founder of Africa New Life Ministries with her husband, Dr. Charles Mugisha, and serves as the organization’s Director of Women’s Ministry. Florence is a graduate of Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. She is a preacher, motivational speaker, and dynamic communicator of the good news of Jesus Christ. Passionate about the gospel and revival, she has been invited to preach at a variety of churches across Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and the United States. God has raised her to be a voice for the poor and the orphaned children of Africa. Florence is a mother of five children.

Website:http://www.africanewlife.org/

FB:https://www.facebook.com/africanewlife/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfricaNewLifeRW

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/africanewlife/

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Woman to Woman Rwanda

Thursdays are our Coffee Talk days at “A Sista’s Journey.” I’m not a coffee drinker but on Thursdays I write about the things we would talk about if I were with you drinking coffee. I actually do quite a bit of talking with my friends, and don’t blog on Thursdays as frequently as I would like.

There are a lot of things I want to share with you but for today and right now, let me tell you more about my upcoming trip to Rwanda, and introduce the other women who will be joining me on the trip. I’m so excited!

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Hope. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about my upcoming trip to Rwanda, and my first trip to the continent of Africa. This summer, I have the opportunity to participate in a learning exchange and humanitarian effort called “Woman to Woman Rwanda” in partnership with Africa New Life. This is the first trip I know of its kind where an all African American team of women are going to partner with, listen and learn from Rwandan women.

About Rwanda

Like many of you, my first introduction to the daily life of Rwanda was from the atrocities of the 1994 genocide. I read Immaculée Ilibagiza’s story of redemption in her riveting memoir, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. As a part of the Tutsis tribe, she lost most of her family to the genocide where “more than one million people were murdered in roughly 100 days.” Most of this history was told with the 2004 movie release titled “Hotel Rwanda.” However, death and murder is not the entirety of Rwanda’s story. It is only a snapshot of the history of colonization and oppression that crippled the Rwandan people, and nearly destroyed the country.

In the later part of the nineteenth century, Rwanda was colonialized by Germany. During this period of approximately 15 years, Germans elevated the Tutsi tribe (as being more Caucasian) by giving them the best education and jobs, while causing a class-system and rift between the native Tutsi and Hutu people groups. At the end of World War II, the country was given to Belgium who continued to exploit this division and govern Rwanda for approximately 40 years before the Rwandans kicked them out.

Rwanda became an independent nation in 1962, but the relational damage had already been done among the nation’s first people groups, the uncertainty about the country’s future, and the struggle for power is what climaxed in the 1994 genocide. This genocide began with Rwandans, and because of the lack of international involvement, it ended with Rwandans.

Over the past 22 years, Rwandans have led their country, instituted a democracy, charted their path to economic freedom, and have pursued reconciliation and justice. Rwanda is now a country led by Rwandans, and Africa New Life is a ministry led by Rwandans.

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I’m Going to Rwanda

I’m Going to Rwanda

 

I have an amazing opportunity to participate in the “Woman to Woman” humanitarian and missions trip to Kigali city, Rwanda. Our trip will be a unique learning exchange, the of its kind through Africa New Life, where black women from America and black women in Rwanda can connect, learn and serve together. Author and spoken word poet, Amena Brown, is leading a team of 11 women in this effort. Here she shared her heart and vision for the trip:

 

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