Daily Topic for January 15, 2016

Psalm 34:1-8, The Message
I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy: Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out. God met me more than half-way, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see--how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.

Japanese in Rwanda

by CMW

What do Rwanda and Japan have in common? Both are nations that have emerged from devastation to become economically powerful. Japan’s economy flourished after WWII, and now they are showing the Rwandans how to overcome the bitter fruit of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rwanda is now making economic strides, thanks to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), one of the partners of the Japanese embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Many Japanese now reside in Rwanda, helping the Rwandans to learn sustainable skills to rebuild and improve their lives.
Turumwe (“we are one”) is a women’s cooperative that brings together Rwandan genocide survivors as well as wives of genocide perpetrators. Kasama, a Japanese businesswoman, devoted two years to teaching these women to work side by side making attractive eucalyptus-oil soaps that they can sell to markets, hotels, souvenir shops, and spas. A Japanese firm is manufacturing a new, more serviceable bridge in Rusumo, right next to the old road that several hundred thousand Rwandan refugees walked across during their flight out of the country.
Other Japanese businesswomen are helping Rwanda reach their potential. Yasuko teaches Rwandan children the importance of washing their hands. Taku trains villagers to fix their water pumps, so that they do not have to walk down to a worm-infested swamp for water.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for these big-hearted Japanese who give of themselves to help the Rwandans produce the “bread” that sustains their bodies. Ask God to give them knowledge of the Bread of Life.

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