Despite the Scars of Genocide, Rwanda’s Youth Find Hope

A teenager says of her first Bible: “The Bible brings Jesus close to me.”

Kayigire grew up in an area of Rwanda plagued with violence and poverty. The 15-year-old was born years after the genocide that killed up to 20 percent of her country’s population, but events were so traumatic that the scars were passed down to her generation, too. The emotional aftermath of the atrocities runs deep, and like so many other youth, Kayigire was desperate for the hope and healing only God’s Word can provide.

Thankfully, American Bible Society has the support of financial partners! Thousands of young people have been reached, like Kayigire, and provided with Bibles that they otherwise could not have afforded.

Before receiving her first Bible, Kayigire thought her difficulties were because God didn’t love her. Today, she knows she is loved and wants others to experience God’s love, too.

“I wish that everybody could have a Bible like me,” she says. “I was very happy when I received a Bible of my own. I felt the presence of God near me when I received it. When I read it for the first time, it was like a special gift. The Bible teaches me that indeed Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, so my life belongs to him. So, I am now confident in God, and I feel protected. The Bible brings Jesus close to me.”

Thanks to American Bible Society’s financial partners, God’s Word is provided to those recovering from violence.

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