I met a man in Rwanda, a prison chaplain named Thomas. Thomas serves in a prison that houses some of the perpetrators from the Genocide of 1994. Many of the prison chaplains in Rwanda serve some of the very people who murdered members of their own families. These men and women are the truest kind of heroes.
Thomas told a story of when he was a cattle farmer. His family owned many cows and felt blessed by God to be so fortunate. One particular year they had many calves. But soon after some of the calves were born, they were slaughtered in the night. Thomas knew the killer was a witch doctor that lived in his village, so he approached this man to confront him. Denying the charges, the witch doctor reported Thomas to the authorities for falsely accusing him (a crime in his country). Thomas was asked to appear before a judge at the end of the week, so he fled to the woods to pray for three days. Repeatedly, Thomas cried out to God for justice and defense. He asked God to make this all go away. He owned his fear and offered it to the Lord. He owned his anger and offered it to the Lord. Finally, Thomas said that he offered the outcome, whatever it may be, to the Lord. (more…)