May 27, 2021

Overcoming Disabilities in Rwanda

Overcoming Disabilities in Rwanda

Daniel Usengimana is overcoming disabilities one at a time. In a recent letter to NationsU he states: My background is from a humble family in the southern province of Rwanda. Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed about serving God.

At the age of 13, I applied as a student to a private catholic high school. Unfortunately, my application was rejected. The explanation was that they do not admit anyone with a disability to become a priest. My left leg was amputated above the knee when I was seven years old.

Many people in my village do not graduate high school, and for them, university study is not a reality. Neither of my parents nor my siblings attended high school. I was privileged to go to school, though I struggled a lot with my studies. I was suspended from school for three years because of financial problems (I was unable to pay the school fees).

Two years after my high school graduation, I accepted Jesus as my savior. Then one year after that, I started serving at our local community church. Even though I served with great zeal, I would face many challenges related to my lack of adequate skills and understanding of ministry.

How was I to overcome those challenges when I could not find a qualified college or University in my country? And I could not afford to go to neighboring countries. Later, I met a friend who recommended me to NationsUniversity, and I was satisfied with what they offered at the University.

Daniel recently submitted a video. He recites Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[e] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

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