Vital “David” Hitimana, Pacifique Niyitanga and D’Amour Habinshuti once lived on a rubbish dump where the aim of every day was survival. There was little point in dreaming as it was hard enough to scrape together some food to eat. “On the streets my favourite food was drugs,” said Pacifique.“I took the drugs to make me free from the sadness.”
But today their life looks very different, after being supported over the last five years by the Hope for Life Ministry, which works to give street children in Kigali, Rwanda, a new start at life. “On the streets, I was sad but now there is a difference. I think God has a plan for me. I‘m hopeful for a good future. I want to be a good man and I want a job and a family,” says Pacifique. In addition to receiving a formal education and training for their future, the three young men have formed a Gospel band, Shining Hope, to sing about Christ’s love and share it with others.
At Radio Inkoramutima, where the boys were interviewed about their band they said the painful early years of life hasn’t killed their hope or passion to live life to the fullest for God. Their first song, “You Are Precious”, was written by 19-year-old David and speaks about the joy of knowing God. “Who could hear your words and not love you, who could see your works and not love you. Not One! Oh not one!” Shining Hope’s song has had plenty of airplay on a local Gospel radio station and the boys were thrilled to be invited on for an interview. “I never expected to make music that was played on the radio or to be interviewed,” says David. “Being with my brothers and having the support of HFLM really encouraged me.”
Source: Christian Today
BIBLE STUDY: Malachi 3:17-18
PRAISE: God for the change in these young men. Pray their music may bring many like them to Christ.