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Antoinette’s story, written with the help of friends at High Street, is now available in a 32-page book. The cost is £3.00, but any additional donation will go to help Antoinette in her full-time ministry.

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Antoinette’s Story

Antoinette’s Story

 

Antoinette is a member here at High Street, but her other name (Mushimiyimana) suggests her earlier life was spent somewhere else. In fact, it was Rwanda, in the heart of Africa and in a loving, caring family. As a child she would often walk a two-mile round trip to collect water from a borehole. When she was twelve years old, catastrophe struck. Her family was caught up in the Rwanda genocide, brought about by ethnic tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Her family was Tutsi. More than one million people were murdered, including Antoinette’s grandparents, her mother, two brothers and almost one hundred members of her extended family.

The fact that Antoinette survived is nothing short of a miracle after spending some time hiding in a ditch. The genocide ended abruptly, but its impact was to be felt for many years afterwards, leaving the Tutsi people with feelings of insecurity. Antoinette lived with several different families, but eventually one of her aunts looked after her and two of her young cousins. She had lost a year of schooling, but she soon attended a High School and joined an active Christian Union. It was here that she heard the Gospel for the first time and became a Christian. But memories of what had happened to her and her family were never far away

On leaving school she worked with a trust set up to establish a genocide memorial. She had to go house-to-house to discover how the Tutsi people had been killed. She found this very difficult, but persevered with the job. It was ten years after the genocide that the reality of what had happened to her hit home. It had been ten years of pain.

A friend at her church introduced her to Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and she attended a full-time Discipleship Training School at Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. This was the start of journey which would eventually bring her to Harpenden where she took a YWAM course on reconciliation and justice. She returned briefly to Rwanda where she met her father, who was still very traumatised and she also went to a prison to meet one of the people who had killed members of her family. These experiences helped her to gain a new perspective and she has reached the point where she has been able to forgive those who killed her family. She now feels God has led her to continue with a ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness. What a story!