The Land of a Thousand Hills

About 14 months ago, I traveled to Rwanda to support an organization near and dear to my heart called Africa New Life. I twisted balloons, hung out with some gorillas, strapped a baby to my back and spent countess hours blowing bubbles with various street kids.


While I was there, I met my sponsor kid JD.

(You remember…I wrote about him HERE.) It was a surreal, wonderful, special time and I still get teary when I think about that moment when he crashed into me with the biggest hug I’ve ever received. We exchanged stories, kicked a soccer ball around and prayed together. When I asked the translator if JD had any questions for me, he said yes.

Will you come back and visit me before I die?


What would you say to this precious face?

I’m happy to report that I am currently 37,000 feet above the ocean, making my way back to him as I type this sentence. Life is good and I am definitely blessed.

Several IHGB readers were kind enough to sponsor Africa New Life children when I shot a recruitment video all those months ago. My heart is still full from your overwhelming compassion and I would love to try and snap a picture of your child if I can make it happen! Please send me an email ( and tell me their name, the ID number and what part of Rwanda in which they live.

In the meantime, I’ll be doing my best to document my journey and how my heart is being transformed…one child at a time.

Look for extensive posts here (if WiFi cooperates on the Rwanda end) or follow me on any of my social media accounts.

Instagram: LinceeRay
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I also have some very exciting news that I will be sharing when I get back from Rwanda!

Until then…watch out world. Here I come.


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