Many of you know of my dear friend Johanna, who I also call Bug (fo no known reason) and who goes by the Rwandan name Isimbi. We met in Rwanda on day one of our Discipleship Training School in 2007, and made impressions on each others lives from that first day.
She is petit and beautiful and, from the looks of her, shy and quiet. HOWEVER, once you get to know her, she is an extremely passionate and personality-filled person. She has a gigantic heart for medicine on the mission field and has been all over Africa working to help alleviate pain and suffering. And she is such a woman of faith. She inspires me.
Bug was with me when I first noticed a tall handsome Rwandese guy and prayed with me as I sought the Lord about him. She is like a sister to me, and like a sister to Robert. She was always the welcomed third wheel to our relationship, and I know we are better for it. She was my prayer partner through some very trying times during our stays in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. She made me laugh, and stayed with me when I cried. We fumbled through Kinyarwanda together, each showing a deep love for the language. She was just such a huge part of my first stay in Africa.
Then, she came back to visit me when I was teaching in Rwanda in 2009. She stayed for a month and helped me in my classrooms. She was a huge blessing to me and we shared many more incredible memories. She then flew to VA for our wedding and was a bridesmaid and witness to our wedding vows. Since the day I met her, I have wanted her to be a part of all the important things in my life.
She can’t stand to be off what we call ‘The Continent’ (which is of course Africa) for more than a few months. She has served in Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. And sources have it that she will be in Sierra Leone this fall. Our common love for The Continent is one of the things that ties us so tightly together.
All of that to say, she is here visiting for a week! This post provides the crucial background info, and a post will follow soon that details our week together!
Yay for more time with Isimbi Bug!