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I don’t even know where to begin with this boy! We couldn’t be more proud and excited for him. For 3 weeks he and the other boys have been on break from school. Usually Isaac stays with us on his breaks, but we thought that it would be good if he stayed 1 week with his family. He has an aunt and uncle that live in town here. They care for his younger brother, Theo and older sister Emmy while she is on break. This is where he will stay on breaks when we go back to the US. So three weeks ago he stayed with them and he loved it! He had the opportunity to share the Bible verses he had been memorizing. They couldn’t get enough and asked for him to teach them everyday. He shared the gospel with them and how you can only go to heaven by believing in Jesus and not by doing good things or being a good person.

Then about a week ago Isaac took a moto taxi home from VBS and was able to witness to him for 30 min! The driver had asked what the muzungus (white people) where teaching him, and Isaac responded, “About God.” The driver then proceeded to ask more specific questions which lead into a great discussion about Christ! The driver said that the most important thing to him was money, but Isaac shared what he had learned and that God should be most important. The driver asked if he would come over to his house and teach him about God. How amazing that God is using him to reach the unreached–and someone that is way older than him!

Today when we went to visit the boys at Wisdom School (where they board), Isaac was holding a Bible study with his friends. There were about 15 boys all sitting in desks (including Emmanuel, Theoneste, and Shema) with their Bibles opened and attention on Isaac. He is such a leader! They were reading Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” He was breaking down the verse and explaining it to them. He said they get together every night and study together.

Isaac shared a lot with us the night before he went back to school. This is the first time he has really opened up with us about his past. I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to hear his testimony. Being only 13 years old, the things he has gone through is unimaginable. And through all this his faith in God stayed strong and is what brought him through. He first learned about Christ when he was about 6 years old and was shown the Jesus Film. He knew then that he wanted to follow Christ and didn’t waiver even when times were tough.

Thank you all who have prayed for Isaac over the past year that we have known him. God is truly going to use him and is already using him in great ways. It’s exciting to think what the future holds for him.

A question asked many times to young children: “What do you want to be when you get older?”
Isaac’s response: “I can’t know, I will be whatever God wants me to be.”

  • big lil sis

    The Lord defiantly has something special planned for the little man! I can wait to see what it is, it will be amazing. The Lord has put you two in his life for a great reason, and I am so thankful that he is apart of our lives.

  • Janine

    Amazing. Love it!!!

  • Thatgirlleah

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! How awesome our God is and how awesome that kid is, too!

  • David Bannick

    I am so amazed to see Gods promises at work.  This is the best news you could ever get.  I am praying for the rest of the boys, that the Lord would grip their hearts and transform their lives.  God bless you as you continue to obey Gods calling in your lives.  I love you 

  • Dad Bannick

    I honestly believe that young man is going to have a long list of  ”spiritual children” who are going to thank him eternity. The Holy Spirit has bestowed on him great gifts.

  • natalie

    i love that boy. God is doing amazing things through him and i wish i was still there to see it in person :)

  • Brad F.

    Wow Kortney, that is  amazing!  Isaac might be the Billy Graham of Rwanda.
    Love that kid and love you guys.  Just keep doin what your doin.

  • Dick+ Miller

    Glad to be a small part of Issac’s success. A dream come true: to actually meet a child we’re supporting!
    Will never forget my time in Rwanda and your kindnesses.

    Dick+ Miller
    Epiphany Anglican~Boulder CO