The minaret atop the mosque in Muhanga
broadcasts the call to prayer
The drummer gives the call for
prayer and praise
Sleeping arrangements in Muhanga
For the last two weeks (except for two nights in Kigali) Theophile and I have been sleeping in our tents in an open room connected to a local church building. Each morning we have been awakened around 5-5:30 by two sounds; the call to prayer from the Muslim mosque and the call to prayer and praise from the local churches.
This has been an interesting wake-up call and a reminder at the beginning of each day about the commission Jesus has given to His followers. Two worlds/two beliefs/two answers: one through religious activity seeks a place in heaven; the other through the death and resurrection of Jesus is invited into an eternal relationship with the Father. While the contrast is great, our mission, motive, and model has always been the same; love your neighbor as yourself.
By 6 AM worshipers have gathered for prayer and praise