Nsengimana to share inspiring ‘shoe box’ story at Evergreen Church

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Nsengimana to share inspiring ‘shoe box’ story at Evergreen Church

Alex Nsengimana
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56 AM
Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56 AM

SANFORD – Evergreen Covenant Church will welcome Alex Nsengimana, of Rwanda, for an Operation Christmas Child “”Full Circle”” event on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 1861 Main Street.

Growing up in midst of an unstable Rwandan government, Alex Nsengimana experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. After his mother died of HIV/AIDS while he was still very young, Alex, his brother and his sister went to live with their grandmother and their uncle. At the height of tribal unrest in 1994, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen and eventually ended up in an orphanage that was his home for the next several years.

Alex received a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. Softening the walls of bitterness and pain that the genocide instilled in Alex, the shoe box gift sowed seeds of hope and love that he desperately needed. Now a college graduate, Alex lives in North Carolina and serves with Operation Christmas Child, paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoe box gift as a young boy.

In March 2013, Alex was able to return to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and, in a full-circle moment, hand-deliver shoe box gifts to the children in the orphanage where he received his own shoe box gift many years ago. He also had the opportunity to visit the man who killed his uncle in a local prison and offer him forgiveness. The tearful man received Alex with open arms.

Alex dreams to return to Rwanda to help bring reconciliation to his people, and to share the story of forgiveness has drastically impacted his life. Today, Alex serves full time with Operation Christmas Child as a national spokesperson, sharing the impact of a simple shoe box on his life.


SANFORD – St. Therese of Lisieux Parish will lead a public rosary at Gowen Park on Main Street this Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon.

Catholics and their neighbors will hold the ceremony in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for world peace.

Here are the schedules for services for churches throughout the Sanford News coverage area.


The Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church at 5 Lebanon Street holds Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided during the service. For more information, call 324-3191, visit online at www.sanforduuchurch.org or “”like”” the church on Facebook. Everyone is welcome!

St. George’s Episcopal Church, located at 1 Emerson Street, holds regular worship services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Sunday. Child care is available at the 10 a.m. service. Sunday School for children in grades K-6 begins at 9:45 a.m. Youth Group for grades 7 through 12 meets on the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fore more information, please call 324-8119, visit online at www.stgeorgesanford.org or “”like”” the church on Facebook. Please come and worship with a welcoming Christian Community committed to all of God’s people and creation. The Rev. Canon Susan Murphy leads the church.

The Church of the Prince of Peace, located in the lower level of the Midtown Mall in Sanford, holds Sunday eucharistic liturgies at 10 a.m. with child care and Sunday School available. A brief worship service followed by Bible study is offered on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Fr. John Clifton at 432-0295 or the church/school office at 490-0930.

The North Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ at 895 Main Street celebrates worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 324-3163 or visit online at www.northparishucc.org. The church also is on Facebook at North Parish Congregational Church UCC.

Christian Science Church at 35 School Street welcomes all to its Sunday service at 10 a.m. Children are invited to attend Sunday school at the same hour. During the summer months, the Wednesday evening Testimony meeting is held on the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m. Contact the church at 324-5262 for more information or visit online at www.christianscience.com.

Sanford First Baptist Church at 905 Main Street welcomes everyone to join in worship Sunday morning at 10 a.m. During the worship hour, there is also a dynamic children’s ministry for children in grades K through 5 that provides music, snacks, Bible stories and lessons, crafts and games. Children may be checked in by a parent or guardian from 9:45 to 10 a.m. For details, call the church office at 324-5456.

Worship is held weekly at Crossroads United Methodist Church at 15 Grammar Road on Sundays at 8:55 a.m. Child care is provided with Christian-based lessons and stories. A choir meets on Monday evenings at 6:15 p.m. Crossroads Christian Women meet on the third Tuesday of each month with a shared meal followed by a brief business meeting and a program. Bible study is held on Wednesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All are invited to participate. Crossroads is located at the corner of Route 202 and Grammar Road in Sanford. For more information, call 324-4750.

Sanford Fellowship Church of the Brethren, at 21 Malcolm Avenue, invites you to join in worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for ages 3 through adult is offered at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

The Calvary Baptist Church at 68 High Street holds services and events throughout the week. Sunday School for children ages 3 through 18 and Adult Bible Study are held at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Worship services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call 324-0777 or visit the church’s website at www.calvaryofsanford.org.