I am Mutoni faith from GBU-NUR, healing and reconciliation department and I would like to share my testimony. I attended the 1st healing and reconciliation training on the 16th and 17th November 2011 at NUR Huye. I had been hurt by many things in my life but I couldn’t realize them until this healing and reconciliation training, but I got confused because they were talking openly without any fear and I had never seen such thing in our society. There was a lesson about ethnic groups which was hard for me to understand and another about forgiveness that touched me but I didn’t change at the time, this made me attend a second training, this time my heart changed and so did my life.
I was born in a family whom they used to say that we’re Tutsi’s, so we used to hate and abuse the ones whom we call Hutu’s and I considered everyone from that group as a killer, murderer because of what happened in our country, but from the training we learnt a topic called “Imizi yo gusharira iganisha ku bushyamirane hagati y’amatsinda y’abantu” they read for us the scripture in Mathew 7:1 said “judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you! They also showed us statistics of all groups where, I recognized that there were some Innocent and good people from Hutu and bad people from Tutsi, I released that except God’s grace anyone no matter the group can do wrong and that we are created by the same God, then I started to treat all people in the same way.
Another lesson that touched me was about forgiveness, “Imbabazi: kuzitanga no kuzisaba” I did stay with my Uncle, and my Uncle’s wife treated me harshly and my young brother, this affected my heart so much. I hated my uncle’s wife but after this lesson I forgave her as the bible says in Mathew 18:21-35 I knew that forgiveness is to forgive up to seventy times seven. I also hated my father because he left us in our Childhood. I couldn’t give him any value in my life because he didn’t care about us since our childhood but after the training I knew I had to forgive him and I am calling him my dad now, something I couldn’t say before!
Jesus said “come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Mathew 11:28 and I know now that Jesus is the one who carried my sorrows, no one can help me except Him and I know now that everything that happened to me had a reason. I praise God who is changing my life through healing and reconciliation and I know that, I have responsibility to help my family, relatives and fellow students to come out of their sorrows, Ideologies and other things which are burdening their hearts.
I thank the healing and reconciliation organizers and trainers because through this Jesus is healing hearts of Rwandans and I would like to recommend that this will also be taken to our villages because there are people with wounded hearts who surely can use such a training as I did.
May God Bless You.
Testimony submitted on the 23rd March,2013