Special to The Daily News
Kevin Daniels, pastor of Hays Christian Church, has visited Rwanda on three different occasions for faith-based humanitarian aid.
While in Rwanda, Daniels participated in prison ministry, AIDS gatherings, job skills trainings and more.
On Sunday, Daniels will share stories of the people he has worked with in Rwanda and delve into how his Rwandan experience has affected his personal walk with God.
The church is located at 22nd and Marshall. Service begins at 10:45 a.m.
In 1994, Rwanda was the location for one of the most intense genocides in history.
In just 100 days, nearly 1 million people were killed. In many cases, the perpetrators were friends, neighbors and even family members.
Two of the groups Daniels worked with, Le Rucher Ministries and African Evangelical Enterprise, share a specific healing and reconciliation ministry designed to bring God's healing and forgiveness to both the victims and perpetrators of these violent acts.
"In one of the towns I visited, I heard a woman speak of the violent loss of her children at the hands of neighbors," Daniels said. "At the end of her talk, she said that she has forgiven the men who had killed her children.
"When she finished speaking, a man stood up and admitted that he had participated in the killing of the woman's children.
"When the man finished his story, the woman walked to him and they embraced," Daniels said.
"I believe that this type of forgiveness exists through the grace and power of Jesus Christ, and witnessing that level of forgiveness is something that I will never forget."