On March 29 during our worship hour we are excited to announce that Alex Nsengimana will be sharing.
Growing up in unstable Rwandan government, Alex Nsengimana experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. After his mother died of HIV/AIDS while he was still very young, Alex, his brother and sister went to live with their grandmother and their uncle. At the height of tribal unrest in 1994, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen when he fell and they took him for dead. He ended up in an orphanage that would serve as his home for the next several years. Alex received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. Alex was selected to join the African Children’s Choir and traveled to Uganda to train and began touring in the U.S. Now a college graduate, Alex lives in North Carolina and serves with Operation Christmas Child paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoebox gift as a young boy.
In March 2013, Alex was able to return to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and hand-deliver shoebox gifts to the children in the orphanage where he received his own shoebox gift many years ago. He also had the opportunity to visit the man who killed his uncle in a local prison and offer him forgiveness. The tearful man received Alex with open arms. Alex was able to share God’s love and pray with him. Alex dreams to return to Rwanda soon and start a church in his hometown, bring reconciliation to his people, and share the love of God that has drastically impacted his life.
Today Alex works full time with OCC as a National Spokesperson sharing the impact of a simple shoebox on his life.