Posted by: thekingfamilyinRwanda | November 3, 2014

A Special Poem

Our oldest daughter has started at Wheaton College. Over the summer, an Anglican church, the Church of the Resurrection connected us with a lovely family who agreed to host Sara and me when I came to drop her off. They again welcomed Caleb when he had a meeting with engineers in the area, fortuitously at the same time as Sara’s birthday.

They surprised me last week with a poem that their ten year old son, James, wrote, in line with his local school’s theme: “The World would be a better place if…” I was so touched. Tears came to my eyes when I saw how he had captured our journey to Rwanda. With his permission, I am sharing the poem here:

Rwanda

A story of caring

by James McGraw

 Rwanda:

a land of hills and rivers,

green mountains, lakes.

A small country broken by war

Strong people, dark and tall

Who will answer to the call?

Two Doctors and their children four.

Suitcases packed, nervous excitement.

Leaving home far behind

Across the world, what will they find?

A lonely hospital,

in dark and disarray,

abandoned, covered in dust.

This will be our base,

but how do we get started in this place ?

“Mr President help us please,

we need electricity!”

“Nay” said he

“there is none for you to take;

electricity you must make.”

Mountain river flowing down.

Reroute the river and use its power

to make light bulbs glow at any hour.

Lights are on, power’s glowing,

let’s get this hospital going!

In these red walls there is rest,

doctors and medicine will do their best.

Tell the sick, the maimed, the sore

that here they’ll find an open door.

The world would be a better place

If we cared for all the human race.

Background

The world would be a better place if more people worked to care for others.

 This poem was inspired by Drs. Caleb and Louise King and their family, who are medical missionaries in Rwanda. In 2001, Dr. King and his family moved to Rwanda. They went to be doctors. Their hospital was an abandoned, red building with no electricity. Dr. King asked the president of Rwanda for electricity. The president said, “Dr King, if you want electricity for your hospital, you will have to make it yourself.” So Dr. King and his Rwandan friends rerouted a river and made a hydroelectric generator for electricity and opened the hospital. They took care of the sick, the maimed and the poor.

 I met Dr. King this year. I was inspired by his example. The world would be a better place if we all used our talents like this to help others.

Thank you, James, and thank you to the whole McGraw Family. This poem was a gift to us.

STATEMENT

The world would be a better place if more people worked to care for others.

This poem was inspired by the King family, medical missionaries in Rwanda. Their hospital was an abandoned, red building without electricity. Dr. King asked the Rwandan president for electricity. He answered, “Dr King, if you want electricity for your hospital, you will have to make it yourself.” So Dr. King and his Rwandan friends rerouted a river, made a hydroelectric generator for electricity, and opened the hospital. The world would be a better place if we all followed this example to help others.

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Responses

  1. very good poem Drs. We recognize your work. Go forward

  2. Beautiful! Linda

  3. Truly talented young boy with a heart filled with care!


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