Meet Peter Habyarimana. His story is possibly one like you’ve never heard before. If you’re normal, you won’t click play on this video and take the 18 minutes to hear his story.
However, if you’d like to hear something that will rock your world, your kids world, and everyone else around you, STOP and LISTEN. I took this video in Nairobi, Kenya, with my FlipCam over dinner as Peter began to share.
Peter was born in Kibali, Uganda. His Father is from Rwanda and his mother is from Uganda.
Here are some statements Peter makes in this video….
‘Just remember that there are many kids that are going through the same thing I went through…they want just a little glimpse of hope, like I was given…’
‘I grew up eating one meal, every other day. The meal was beets and potatoes…’
‘Growing up, I never thought I’d live to be five, let alone ten. As you grew up, you were never taught to dream because you weren’t sure how you would survive.‘
‘I didn’t have a name before I was two years old. That’s because my mom was afraid that I would die before the age of two. In my village, for every one-hundred that were born, fifty would die before they were two.’
‘My dad was the most abusive man that I could think of.’
‘I went to school for one opportunity. That was the only place I could go and be away from my dad for eight hours.’
‘At eleven, I knew my dad was going to kill me. So, one morning, I went to the bus station and asked, ‘Which bus goes the farthest?’
While on the bus, ‘Every hour that went by was a glimpse of hope that my dad wasn’t going to kill me.’
At eleven years old, the bus dropped him off in Kampala, Uganda, where he lived as a street kid for four years. He was always on the move, sleeping only 30-40 minutes at a time.
‘When I had been on the streets for about four years, I saw this family, and they were kind…’
For about eight months this family would give Peter food when they saw him. They eventually asked him if he would go to school, if given the opportunity.
He thought, ‘If I went to school, maybe I’d have a roof over my head.’ The family put him into a school on two conditions – that he attend a boarding school and attend a program at a local church. Peter agreed.
‘That changed my life… I met someone who really believed in me… He (the father of the family) actually believes that I’m a human being. For a stranger who didn’t even know my name…to believe in me…that was hard for me to believe.’
The program at the local church was Compassion International. ‘Once I began the program, I was told that the man who picked me up off the street was the head of Compassion International, Uganda.’ (10 minutes into the video is a MUST LISTEN…)
While still fearing he would be beaten and abused, the Pastor at the church said, ‘Peter, why would we beat you? God has a promise for you. That’s why you’re here. We’re here to make sure that’s fulfilled.’
‘I began to think that I want to be like these men who think I’m special.’
Even receiving that kind of love, Peter remained reluctant to ask Christ into his life.
‘I didn’t ask Christ to be my Savior until 1994.’ At that time, in 1994, a genocide broke out in Rwanda. Because Peter could speak the language in Rwanda, his sponsor asked him, ‘Could you go to Rwanda and rescue the children?’
At that time, Peter was 18 years old. He agreed to go and went to Rwanda for Compassion International. By that time, Peter’s fathers whole family had already been killed in the genocide.
‘My first day in Rwanda, when I drove in, all I could see were heaps and heaps of dead bodies on the roadside. At that point I knew, I am going to die.’
In that moment he asked his driver, ‘If I die, where am I going to go?’ He thought, ‘I’ve lived in hell as a child. Why should I die and go to hell? So, at that point, I truly wanted to go to heaven.’ He asked the driver to pray for him. After praying, they waited for someone to come and kill them, assuming they were going to die.
He didn’t die. Realizing that he might live, he moved on and shortly thereafter, rescued two children who had watched their mom and dad be killed.
‘If I can change one life of a little boy or a little girl…’
‘That’s how God rescued me. That’s how God truly showed me His grace. He truly gives hope for those who trust him.’
Now, you may want to watch the video.