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Day 2 Update from Louisa

It feels like we’ve been here ages… The experiences in the last two days have been of great contrast. We have visited genocide memorial sites, powerful experiences, but important to learn about so that it puts the work of some of the projects we’re visiting in more context. Today seems to have been the day for weddings – we counted 4 in the local area, very colourful and very busy! Went for a walk around the Gikondo area where we’re staying. The pastor training centre is part of a vast complex that is part of the Methodist church which includes a school for those with disabilities, a huge church, offices, houses and more that we’ve not yet seen! Our official welcome by the bishop and pastor of the parish was great, probably 100 children singing, dancing, clapping, then we stood up and sang head shoulders knees and toes, followed by allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia, praise ye the Lord. Weather is fabulous! Sleeping under a mosquito net isn’t as bad as I thought, and food has been ok! (Chips for tea tonight!!) The people are just so friendly, and tomorrow the group is being split into 4 so we can visit different churches. I’m heading out to one of the shanty towns/slum areas! That’s all for now! Love Louisa