Burundi

Hope for the “Bottom Billion”

Hope for the “Bottom Billion”

Once again I’m in the unsettled place of straddling two very different worlds. I leave Burundi this month for six months of home assignment in America, and as I finish reading a stack of interesting books, I’m left with two: Margin and Bottom Billion. I realized the irony the other day as I was alternating between […]

By Alyssa Pfister on July 05, 2017

Self-Control: How the Holy Spirit Can Tame Our Dangerous Thoughts

Self-Control: How the Holy Spirit Can Tame Our Dangerous Thoughts

It was nearly three years ago that I first arrived in South Asia. I had come to help start Serge’s Freedom Bakery, which would give jobs to women who had been trapped in the sex trade in one of the world’s most notorious red light districts. Those early days were the easy ones. The city, […]

By Serge Staff on May 05, 2017

Joy Overwhelms and Often it Endures: The Fruit of the Spirit in Burundi

Joy Overwhelms and Often it Endures: The Fruit of the Spirit in Burundi

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” –Hebrews 12:2 When Trina discovered she was pregnant for the fifth time, she hardly dared to hope that […]

By Alyssa Pfister on February 21, 2017

Join Us in Celebrating the Life of a Central African Boy

Join Us in Celebrating the Life of a Central African Boy

Ten-year-old Claver was admitted to our ward at Kibuye Hope Hospital two and a half weeks ago as a last resort. He had been previously hospitalized elsewhere and treated for malaria, bacterial infection, and severe anemia. But despite six blood transfusions, he continued to be severely anemic. In fact, he seemed to have worsened bloody urine after […]

By Alyssa Pfister on August 09, 2016

Believing in God When There Is No Healing

Believing in God When There Is No Healing

One of my first patients when I began work in Burundi over two years ago was a little 4 year old girl named Jeanette. She was unable to walk due to severe joint pain and she needed a blood transfusion. We diagnosed her with sickle cell anemia. Near the end of that hospitalization she began […]

By Alyssa Pfister on March 17, 2016

Waiting for Light in Burundi

Waiting for Light in Burundi

One of the great things about the church calendar is the annual reminder of things that we need reminding of. The current pre-Christmas season of Advent reminds us of many things, but particularly for me, it is a reminder that we are waiting for light to come, and that means that we have to trust. […]

By Eric McLaughlin on December 17, 2015

Listen: A Central African Worship Song

Listen: A Central African Worship Song

Several years ago, I was given a book by Chuck Jacob which was based on a Burundian hymn (of all things).  The hymn was written in the early 20th century in Kirundi by a man named Emmanuel Sibomana.  An Anglican missionary translated it into English, and this was used as the structure for this book on the […]

By Eric McLaughlin on June 22, 2015

The First Fruits in Burundi

The First Fruits in Burundi

Watch: The Story of Fides Among the poorest people in the world, a small but recognizable transformation is taking place. In 2013, a team of medical doctors uprooted their families from the United States and transplanted their lives and careers to Africa to work among the people of Burundi. These Serge physicians are not only […]

By R.J. March on February 01, 2015