From War & Genocide to Friendships & Volunteerism
Mr. & Mrs. William and Ebralie Mwizerwa remember what it was like to be on the receiving end. They and their five children fled to America to escape war, persecution‚ and—certain death in Rwanda.
They came to America with nothing.
With incredible faith and support from volunteer organizations and churches, the Mwizerwas began a new life in Nashville. They remember, with gratitude, a community that took them in and provided food, shelter and safety. “We formed many deep and lasting friendships during our transition to America,” William recounted. “We were inspired to give back—it has become a calling for our family.”
Apparently the transformation works both ways. “Lives change when we witness God’s work—for both the volunteer AND the refugee,” Ebralie explained. “A volunteer comes to give—however, they also receive a deep sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. Volunteering deepens relationships and strengthens the realization that we are part of something larger. We experience great joy when we see others become empowered, self-sufficient and productive through our efforts.”