“I have a calling.”

Each year, we celebrate clients who demonstrate HOPE’s values of perseverance, compassion, character, and creativity by announcing Thurman Award winners. Established in honor of HOPE’s first CEO and his wife, the Thurman Award celebrates clients who have not only experienced change in their own lives but have also extended that transformation to others in their community. We’re excited to share the story of this year’s winner: Beatrice Bamurange.

“I have a calling to serve the hopeless in Rwanda,” shares Beatrice Bamurange, “but did not know where.” Like many Christ-followers, Beatrice wasn’t sure how to best obey the Bible’s commands to serve those living in poverty. When her pastor invited her to join him on a visit to Rusheshe, a rural village an hour’s drive from Kigali, Beatrice realized there wasn’t a single school to serve the community’s children.

Overwhelmed by the need, Beatrice initially decided that starting a school was too big a task. But she was convicted when she heard a sermon about the uncomfortable places often being the very places God is calling us to serve. “The school location came to mind once again,” Beatrice shares, and she began praying for the village’s children. She started a school in just two rooms in someone’s home, and she then took out a loan from Urwego, HOPE’s local partner, to build three classrooms. She used two subsequent loans to add on classrooms and bathroom facilities.

As she served the children, Beatrice realized their parents also needed a way to earn a living. She now offers vocational training and has helped over 150 women in the community learn to sew. “Something else that I hope for,” she shares, “another dream that I have, is not necessarily to see someone get bread, but it’s to teach them how to get bread for themselves.”

In responding to God’s call, Beatrice has inspired others to do so as well. Three of her friends have since started schools in other communities that didn’t previously have access to education. Her dream is to continue expanding her school to invest in the next generation of Rusheshe’s leaders, parents, teachers, and pastors.

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As Christ’s followers responding to His great love, HOPE International seeks physical, social, spiritual, and personal restoration in places of brokenness. Through Christ-centered microenterprise development, we empower men and women to strengthen their families, build their businesses, and unleash their dreams.

2 responses to “I have a calling.”

  1. KIPRONO ALEXIS Jun 15 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I JUST LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU ARE TOUCHING LIVES OF PEOPLE
    YOUR KIPRONO ALEXIS FROM KENYA

  2. Yes , I definitely agree with the word ‘i have a calling ‘, this a role model for Christ- centered organ that who reveal Christ-identity to this real world and indeed bring a tangible influence on unclean world by building hope in the life of people . congratulation for Hope INt. for successfully completing its Vision 2020 to double your effort to show the Glory of GOD in through four impact in the life of poverty striking community globally especially in Africa.
    Keep it up more and May God give you his wisdom more than every!
    Edossa Fufa
    from Tesfa MFI -faith -based financial institution!
    Ethiopia

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