Can God use past hardships that people experience to help others and to bring Himself glory?
Rwandan Theo Burakeye became a man without a country. When he was a child, Theo and his family were driven from Rwanda to Eastern Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) due to racial conflicts. Years later, Theo was forced to flee again. This time, he made his way to the capital city of Kinshasa, 1,000 miles away. His journey was not an easy one. While in Kinshasa, he met his wife, started a family of his own and enjoyed life for a time.
Then, hatred for his people found its way to Kinshasa, and once again, he had to flee. Because his wife was from a different people group, she and the children were safe, but Theo had to leave his family behind.
With the help of missionaries, Theo first landed in neighboring Congo (Brazzaville), across the river from Kinshasa, but soon realized his situation was still unsafe. So, he embarked on a 2,300-mile journey to South Africa. There he met another missionary that took him in and provided the first safety he had known in years. But he knew that one day he would return to the region of his birth and exile to share the love of God with those who tried to kill him.
Theo and his family are now ministering in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, carrying out the ministry that God has laid on their hearts. Theo has helped start orphanages, a widow’s ministry, and is reaching out to the street kids in the area. He also serves as an Every Community for Christ supervisor of the Great Lakes Region, which includes Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, leading the church-planting efforts for OMS there.
Mercy Inc. and One Mission Society have come alongside Theo to help with the funding needed to feed, educate, and evangelize hundreds of children and widows left behind by genocide, war, and natural disasters in Africa.