|Alive and well!|
|Elisha - a refugee from Burundi|
Elisha is one of my close colleagues and friends in the Bible College. He ran from home in Burundi in the 80's when he was just 18, while his brother was murdered and the family home burnt. He ran through the forest for days without shoes or shelter, and eventually arrived here on the other side of the Lake. He finished his education in a refugee camp, and became a Clinical officer. He met Bibiana, his wife, in the camp, and they have 4 children. He was called to ordained ministry and came out of the camp to study. He is now ordained, and a Bibe college teacher.
With the situation in Burundi now peaceful all the camps are closing, and the refugees are having to return to Burundi. This is not so simple as it sounds - Elisha and Bibiana have been here for nearly 20 years, they have no land or house in Burundi, and few family members. Their work, life and friends are now here - BUT, because they are refugees they are unable to get work or resident permits for Tanzania, and face expulsion or even imprisonment if they stay illegally.
I spend a lot of time chatting to Elisha about it - his only future really is to return to Burundi, to make a new life but he has no money to do so. I write this story for your interest and for your prayers - but also if, like me, you would like to help him financially (as one of millions of such refugees) do be in touch about sending a donation.