Rwanda just recently celebrated Heroes Day. The day is meant to commemorate the heroes of Rwanda, both past and present. People like Gen. Fred Rwigema who preceded Paul Kagame as the leader of the RPF prior to dying in battle. And King Mutara Rudahigwa, one of the last Tutsi kings of Rwanda. It is a day set aside to honor those that gave their lives for their country and the values, morals and characteristics that they demonstrated in their service to Rwanda.
If you were to ask people on the street who their hero is many would list heroes of the faith like Moses and Abraham. Or war heroes like George Washington or General Patton. Or humanitarian heroes like Mother Teresa or Muhammad Yunus. While all of these people are certainly heroes and did amazing things in the face of adversity or were steadfast when there was doubt, there are heroes all around us that are too often ignored. Heroes that are left unmentioned because they have not won a great war, or have not saved and touched thousands of lives. But they are heroes nonetheless because as Hebrews 12 says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
These heroes are the school proprietors and head masters that are running the schools Edify has partnered with in Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Rwanda. People like Antoinette that returned to Rwanda not long after the genocide of 1994 because she felt called to serve her country. Or Alexis who after graduating from Management school in Kigali opened his home to orphaned children and soon after began a school for them and many more. Men and women that have, without looking back, set forth down the path that God has put before them to serve his beloved poor. It is heroes like this that as Hebrews 12 says, “surround us like a great cloud of witnesses”.