The Hope of a Thousand Hills
The Hope of a Thousand Hills
A Story of Healing and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond
For one hundred dark days in 1994, Rwanda bore witness to the very worst of humanity, and the reverberations can still be felt today. Yet, in the decades since the genocide, the many accounts of unthinkable healing, restoration and reconciliation have begun to shout louder. What starts as a story of evil and darkness, and grief beyond measure, becomes a testament to impossible human strength and dignity, and to the extravagant power of God to bring the greatest joy and beauty out of the most irredeemable wreckage.
Following the birth and journey of the Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict ministry across Rwanda, and beyond, this book is both a testimony and a tool. It offers outrageous hope through personal stories, as well as practical guidance for anyone who finds themselves in the context of reconciliation – from individuals and families to communities and nations.
This book is an eloquent and moving testimony to God’s miraculous work of reconciliation, taking place amidst the deepest fracture and desolation. It is the story of individuals and communities who are at once ordinary and extraordinary: human beings for whom deep suffering makes reconciliation intensely painful, but who have somehow summoned the courage to allow God to transform their wounds and their lives. It is also the story of women and men who have followed God’s lead, allowing reconciliation to overflow from person to person and nation to nation. The Women on the Frontline reconciliation programme in the Anglican Communion had the privilege of partnering with Joseph Nyamutera in South Sudan. It was inspiring to see the power of ‘Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict’ to begin a new journey of reconciliation, unleashing unexpected, vibrant hope. I pray that this book will kindle in each of us not only admiration but the deep calling to live the gospel of reconciliation ourselves.
— Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Emily Bankhead’s recounting of this beautiful work of reconciliation warms the soul. These stories need to be told, as they enlarge our view of God’s healing power and grace, and indirectly challenge us in how we deal with our own hurts and issues. Out of the depths of Rwanda’s darkness, Jesus’ light has brought hope and new life that sometimes defies belief.
— Simon Guillebaud, Great Lakes Outreach, Burundi
I am so pleased this book has been written at this time. We need to do all we can to support the growth of knowledge and understanding of the issues related to the 1994 genocide, and to encourage other peoples and nations to work towards reconciliation. My work with The Rwandan Sisterhood has opened my eyes to the powerful progress this beautiful country continues to make.
— Dame Helen Hyde, DBE
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