Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame called upon the world to embrace love when she drew from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi challenging nations to “Bring love where there is hatred.”
On Thursday, the First Lady led a prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, United States.
“Bring love where there is hatred. Bring pardon where there is offence. Bring truth where there is error. Bring hope where there is despair,” Mrs. Kagame said during a prayer meeting attended by over 3000 delegates from 100 countries.
The National Prayer Breakfast is organized by the Fellowship Foundation, a nonprofit religious organization designed to bring together leaders from the political, religious and business realm, on behalf of the US Congress.
Participants include politicians, business people, public figures and religious leaders from 100 countries around the world.
The First Lady who was recognized by US President Donald Trump for leading the prayer, took the opportunity to lecture the gathering while advocating for peace across the World.
For Rwanda in particular, Mrs. Kagame recalled God’s hand that rescued the country out of total darkness.
“We thank you Lord for having kept your light shining in the darkest of nights, and for leading Rwanda on the long road back from the terrible tragedy and destruction, 24 years ago,” she said.
In 1994, over 1 million Tutsi were killed in 100-day Genocide against Tutsis.
Today, the country stands as a living testimony of how the country come out of darkness and shine.
And, for Mrs. Kagame, there is a reason to thank God for his miraculous hand in the country’s rebirth.
“We thank you that today, Rwanda, once a fallen and divided nation with a history painful beyond words, is now a beacon of peace for all her sons and daughters.”
Emphasising on the importance of the prayer breakfast, Mrs. Kagame prayed: “May the interest of nations converge, for that special language of prayer to reflect the ideals of reconciliation, unity, and love.”
The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C, usually on the first Thursday in February.
The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide.
The event—which is actually a series of meetings, luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953 and has been held at least since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue.
Initially called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, the name was changed in 1970 to the National Prayer Breakfast.
It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships.