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 3243191, 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 3248119, 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 4320295 or the church/school office at 4900930.

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 3243163 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 3245262 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 3245456.

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 3244750.

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 3240777 or vis­it the church’s web­site at www.calvaryofsanford.org.