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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

Date: October 14, 2013


By: Mitchel Clark

Rwanda genocide survivor Alex Nsengimana will share his story on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m., in Jones Auditorium.  As a child, Nsengimana received a gift from Operation Christmas Child that changed his life forever.  His story demonstrates the impact that Operation Christmas Child, a mission of Samaritans Purse, has on recipients.  His story also exemplifies the power forgiveness can have on a man who experienced a world of genocide and poverty.  Nsengimana now preaches forgiveness and love to his fellow Rwandans and many others.

He was born in the village of Butami, as part of the ethnic group Tutsis, during a time when the government committed genocide against them.  Militias killed Tutsis throughout the countryside, including Nsengimana’s grandmother and grandfather, who raised him and his siblings.

After being placed in an orphanage, he received a gift from Operation Christmas Child.  This shoebox introduced him to Jesus Christ, but it wasn’t until he read Jeremiah 29:11 that he realized God had a purpose for his life.  This led to his quest to find the man who murdered his family, not to condemn him, but to forgive him and share God’s love.

Nsengimana recently graduated Crossroads College in Rochester, Minn., with a degree in pastoral studies.  With this, he plans to plant a church in Rwanda, in order to share the Gospel.

This convocation is free and open to the public.  Students receive priority seating; remaining seats are available to the public.   For more information, please contact the Public Relations office at (417) 690-2212 or e-mail


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