Pastor on Mission to Increase Awareness about Africa

Gale Horton Gay | 9/5/2012, 8:46 p.m.

"Because we were the first group of any size from the AME church, we felt like we were treated like international dignitaries," he said, adding that villagers turned out en masse to sing, shout and dance as the delegation arrived on buses in Mahoko village.

Victoria Edwards of Cheverly has traveled extensively throughout Africa [Zambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Togo and Benin] but this summer's trip to Rwanda with the delegation from Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church was her first.

Edwards, who described herself as 50-plus, said meeting the Rwandans turned out to be the most meaningful part of the experience.

"I was amazed at their faith and their ability to get beyond all the things that happened to them during the genocide," said Edwards.

She said she plans to return and is working with others to figure out ways to continue to support - spiritually and financially - many of the people they met during their visit.

Weaver said he's already planning another group trip to Rwanda in 2013. "It was a life-altering experience," he said.

Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church will host a forum "Opportunities for Faith-Based Initiatives in Africa for the 21st Century" on September 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 1001 Old Mitchellville Road in Bowie, Md. The forum is free and open to the public, however, a reservation is required. Call 301-249-7545 for more information.