Look back and be thankful!

Today I was thinking of how iDebate is a living blessing to the world, and after all this time without writing on the blog i decided to write about this. You may not get it right now but I’m sure when you get to the end of this post, most of you will actually be reminding me of what I forgot to mention.

Honestly speaking, sometimes words are not enough to express what life in the iDebate family is like. Since four years ago when iDebate started, there has never been one project that we started and failed: not the monthly tournaments, not the debate camps, not the East African Debate Championships, not the Dreamers Academy, not the US Tour, not even the WSDC in which we’re participating for the first time. In fact, they don’t even just “succeed”. The results are always miles beyond our expectations and wildest imagination. Now when you think about it, it’s not because we are so organized or so good at all the things we do. It’s not because we have tons of money and that makes everything run smoothly. No, it’s something else. And when you realize that, you also realize that even they idea of starting iDebate wasn’t really Jean-Michel’s any of the friends that helped him. You realize that they were just lucky enough to be chosen by God in one of His grand plans to bring something beautiful and positively impactful to Rwanda and the world

Now when i say all this, don’t be fooled into thinking that everything easily goes our way. If you do, you’re dead wrong.We have learnt to run around and stay up working until dawn, literally. But we do it anyway because we see the impact of our work daily and it’s just beautiful, and we have also had enough experience with God to know that everything comes through, ultimately. There are times you meet people and you talk about what we do and they will ask ‘’where do you get the funds for your projects?” and you honestly don’t know how to answer the question.

The most lovable thing about this family it is how all works automatically as long as you join it fully, and it doesn’t stop only at the organization level. Since joining we’ve seen tremendous change in our lives as well. You remember the story of the once dumbest student in the room who now inspires others, right? To name a few other examples: some are going to the best Ivy Leagues in the US (Harvard, Yale, Brown and the likes), one is now host of one of the hottest TV breakfast shows in Rwanda; and those that didn’t know exactly what they wanted their life to be now know and are working towards that. Today a person sits and says” iDebate yantwaye mundenge” (iDebate got me in a plane) 🙂 and now for the first time Rwanda is going for the WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS. This is a miracle itself. How we managed to raise the huge amount of money from people we don’t know, i really can’t say! And now we are getting the visas by the end of this week.

In John 14:12-14, Jesus says: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it“. Our story has made me realize the truth in that statement. If a generation kneels and cries to the Lord to take control of their lives and what they do, they will accomplish great things that they had no idea they could.

I can still repeat what I said earlier, iDebate is not merely a human idea; it’s the Lord at work. And it’s bringing a whole new meaning to “being the change we want in the world”.


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