My husband and I met Daphrose and Cyprien Rugamba through numerous testimonies of our brothers and sisters from the Emmanuel Community in Rwanda as well as through his beautiful songs.
The killings and atrocities that took place in Rwanda left us with broken and empty hearts; as we were searching for our survivors and searching for ways to start a new life, the Lord showed us His mighty Love and presence in our lives.
August 1998 we were invited by Albert Kayigumire, a friend and member of the Emmanuel Community, to a gathering remembering Cyprian Rugamba and Daphrose. During the gathering, we had praise, adoration and Holy Mass. We were handed small booklet of Rugamba’s songs. Two among many that I can remember as if it were yesterday: “Mbabarira Yezu” (By Cyprien Rugamba): “Pardon me Jesus” — one of the best confessional songs, and “Murumve twana twanjye nabaraze urukundo” meaning “Listen my children, my legacy to you is love!”.
Cyprien warned that the evil will be there but that the Lord will always be battling with us. Each one of his songs was not only music to my ears but words that described the Love of God in a beautiful poetic language. Those words were like rain on dry hardened soil: His songs softened my heart.
I am very grateful for the lives of Daphrose and Cyprien, their “yes” to the Lord’s calling and their intercession took us in our journey in and with the Emmanuel Community.
Written by: Hortense (TX)