Our truck is and has been there for us. It seats up to fifteen people, can go just about anywhere and it has been ultimately reliable. About three years ago I decided that it needed to be branded to increase visibility for Taekwondo which is our main sport of development for Rwanda. That truck has carried competitive and demonstration teams all over Rwanda. It has served as the logistics vehicle for the cycling “Tour of Rwanda” as well. It is vital to our work to say the least. Last Friday things took a turn for the worst when there was a car passing in our lane about to cause a head on collision. In swerving to avoid it our car spun off the road in the rain and flew, sort of, before landing in a river about twenty feet below the road. It was a hit and run or miss and run as you could say.
Friends of ours in the USA have started a “gofundme” campaign for us to redeem our beloved truck and you can check it our at:
In the meantime, I have a daily 10KM round trip to my office at the national stadium. No problem, I’ll make the hike daily as I wouldn’t mind shedding a few lbs before putting them back on with American food in June. Of course, I could take a bike taxi, yes we have those, for most of the way and it would cost me about 30 cents. Or I could take a motorcycle taxi and it would cost me about 75 cents (US Dollars), but that is just one way. Or I could take an actual taxi and that would cost me about $8. Or I could walk and pray for Rwanda, which I’ve decided is the best option being that I would also like to lose a little weight. Today, though, something happened. Maybe it was sitting next to the world champion 800 meter runner or sitting next to the 1/2 marathon female champion, or maybe it was the old running Marty that just rose up and decided to run home today.
I am the new Rwandan 50 year old foreigner fully dressed and backpack carrying 5km record holder at 26 minutes and 5 seconds. Which has got to be a PR for me as well at 50, with a backpack, and long pants and at 5000 ft altitude.
So what’s the point? Development has to be flexible, persistent, able to overcome obstacles and crisis, and it just can’t help itself, it will find a way and run.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.