The east African nation of Burundi has witnessed a long, bloody, and tragic history of civil war. The same ugly tribalism and brutality between Hutus and Tutsis that have swept neighboring Rwanda- (resulting in 1994 in a genocide of more than 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis)- have been part and parcel of Burundi’s story. The country is also among the five poorest countries in the world.
Yet there is also another story to be found here, one that begins with how God not long ago began to work for reconciliation- first in the life of one man and his wife, and then, with ripples, for a whole nation. Now this same man is the president of Burundi, and the nation’s motto is “prayer and work.” It is a remarkable story, actually, one that both inspires and provokes me this morning. I guess you could say I’m “intrigued” in addition to being moved. You can hear the whole story in this ten-minute video. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.