first_imgEditor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series discussing the Rutagengwa family’s search for God from the 1994 Rwandan genocide in light of their trip back to Rwanda in December.In April 1994, Jean Bosco and Christine Rutagengwa were preparing for their July wedding when the Rwandan genocide began. They became separated in the chaos.“We were getting ready for our wedding, and we survived at the Hotel [des] Mille Collines, now known as Hotel Rwanda,” Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said. “I got there first … praying to God to bring my fiancée there. I left the hotel to bring her back to the hotel, and that was to us a testimony that God listened to our prayers.“We stayed at the hotel about 40 days, and during those days, every day was a dangerous day.”The Hotel des Mille Collines was the only safe area at the time, but Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he left anyway, trusting God to keep him and his fiancée safe.“Every day in the hotel, we put ourselves in the hands of God,” he said. “We prayed for our safety every single day at the hotel. We were surrounded by the killers.“It was like a small island, or let’s say, a sinking boat surrounded by sharks. It was like the Titanic sinking surrounded by sharks.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he felt that he and Christine survived the genocide for a reason. After they were evacuated from the hotel by United Nations’ peacekeepers, others hiding there were killed by the militias, he said.“We were lucky enough to survive, and for us we have a mission — the mission is to spread a message of love,” he said. “We have a testimony that love is stronger than death. … Evil didn’t win.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he has drafted a manuscript about the search for God from the Rwandan genocide, to be published later this year.“Before the genocide, I was certain I was just like everybody else, thinking about your future, your family, not thinking much about other people, about being involved in the community,” he said. “After genocide, [my wife and I] really have changed. We both feel like we have a mission to be involved in the community.“Whenever it’s possible to help your neighbor … to help someone recover from tragedy, [you should] get involved in their affairs, help them live a better life. You only realize that when tragedy strikes your own life. Then you realize that other people need you. You don’t realize that until your own life is impacted.”Photo courtesy of Fr. Dan Groody While praying to God helped the Rutagengwas get through the genocide, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said praying does not entail survival. However, God has a plan for everyone, he said.“We just listened to the teachings of our parents and the Church, and we were able to survive, and we thanked God for all He did for us,” he said. “However, we are well aware, aware that there are so many people who died in the genocide. It does not mean at all that they didn’t pray to God. I know they did.“My mother was a devout Catholic. She died. My father was. He died. Christine’s mother — she was Catholic. She died. And our siblings, they died. It does not mean at all that they didn’t pray to God. We don’t understand how God works. Some people die, others survive. In our cases, this is why we think we have a mission to be humble people, to show love, to spread the good word — maybe this is what God was telling us?”Christine Rutagengwa said the experience taught her to appreciate life.“The life we have is precious,” she said. “When you lose it, when it’s gone, you can’t find it. But material things — we lost our houses, we lost everything, but we found them after. But we never found our parents. We never found our sisters and brothers. So life is precious, it’s very precious and you can’t replace it. That’s what I realized.”The Rutagengwas, whose daughter Fiona Rutagengwa is a freshman at Notre Dame, returned to Rwanda in December with a group including theology professors Fr. Dan Groody and Fr. Virgil Elizondo, as well as project coordinator for the Institute of Latino Studies Colleen Cross.“We were happy to go back, even if it was not easy,” Christine Rutagengwa said. “It was not easy because we saw the memorials, and it brought back bad memories.“To see people like Fr. Dan [Groody] care and show us love — it made us feel better. It cannot take away our pain, but it’s kind of very good for us. When people care, they are not maybe many, but they are people who really care, who were able to see what happened to us. I really loved that experience I had with friends from the [United States]. It was a blessing to go there with them.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said the trip had two purposes.“Fr. Dan [Groody] had the idea to go to Rwanda,” he said. “We wanted to show our friends what happened to us, because we wanted [them] to know and understand what happened to our family.“In Rwanda they built memorials for the victims of the genocide, and some of our family is buried there … and the motivation to go there was to honor their memory, to go there and say some prayers for them, being surrounded by some of our friends from the [United States].”While in the United States, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said he channels his mission into helping other survivors of the genocide come to terms with what they experienced.“When I moved to the [United States] in 2000, I devoted my time to supporting FORGES [Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors], an association created by Rwandan survivors living in New England,” he said. “For the last several years, I have organized in Boston with other FORGES members the annual commemoration of the genocide of the Tutsis, which takes place every April, and I have spoken at different events aimed at fighting the genocide ideology.”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said his advice to people facing difficult situations is to hold onto faith.“Life is full of distractions, especially for young people, and whenever life issues arise, many forget that God is the answer and revert to their habits and distractions,” he said. “Putting God before everything is the only way to be happy and to be at peace. But it’s easier said than done. It requires sacrifice; it requires discipline; it requires humility.“But at the end, it saves lives.”Christine Rutagengwa said she and her husband still wonder why they survived the genocide and others did not, and they pray to God for guidance constantly.“We’re always looking, praying and asking God, ‘Why? What do you want me to do? What are the lessons you want me to give to the people who don’t know about or happen to ask? We know you are real. We know you are there,’” she said.“That is a kind of question we don’t know how to answer. We are trying. Maybe one day we’ll find out.”Tags: Rutagengwas, Rwanda, Rwandan Genocidelast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Although they are barely in the first stages of recovery from destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, leaders of the Cornerstone Credit Union League are already overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they have received from the credit union system.“While we never want to live through a natural disaster of this magnitude, the cooperative spirit of credit unions always rises to the top,” said Caroline Willard, president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. “I thought I knew what ‘people helping people’ meant, but this week, I’ve been schooled.”As of Thursday afternoon, the National Credit Union Foundation’s CU Aid and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation have collected more than $500,000 to support the needs of employees and volunteers of credit unions. Roughly $100,000 has come in through the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation with the remaining contributions having been made to CU Aid. Additionally, 18 phase one $1,000 disaster relief grants have already been approved by the Cornerstone Foundation, 15 of which have already been funded. Further aid is still needed.last_img read more

first_imgTie, lazo, slips, Krawatte, ネ ク タ イ, 领带, cravate or in Croatian tie is a garment that everyone knows and knows. World brand, right?The tie is a symbol of men and the business world. And the fact that every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once in his life speaks volumes about the strength of the tie / brand. I think out loud, how good it would be if a tie “was” a Croatian product, the whole world would know about Croatia.Could it be better than branding and associating with one such symbol? Tie = Croatia – the homeland of the tie.But let’s start from the beginning of the story that began as a scarf around the necks of Croatian soldiers, and today is the most widespread fashion detail in the world.One of the oldest stereotypes about Croats in Europe is that of Croatian belligerence, courage and cruelty. As Božo Skoko writes in his book “What are Croats like? in the 17th century, German and Swedish mothers allegedly threatened their mischievous children “ If you are not good, the Croats will come and take you away”, And that is exactly how the prayer was created centuries later” God save us from plague, famine, war and Croats “. Zrinski defended Europe by stopping the Turks under Siget of Hungary, and even Napoleon himself said of the Croats that he had never had braver and better soldiers. ” If he had only one hundred thousand Croats, he would conquer the whole world”.Without going deeper into history, but in the 17th century, thanks to many battles won, even against the Swedes, who until then were considered the best warriors in Europe at the time, the Croats became synonymous with light cavalry. Why is this very important, precisely because as warriors at the time who were not ordinary mercenaries or bandits, as evidenced by their neat and carefully decorated uniforms, it was the Croats who stood out with a previously unknown fashion detail in Europe – red scarves around his neck tied in a knot. The young French King Louis XIV. he began wearing a tie in 1646 when he was only seven years old and thus in some way determined the fashion standard of all French nobles. They soon adopted this new garment worn a la Croate (‘the Croatian way’), which also became the new root of the French word cravate. And so somehow the story about the tie began. Ties shown to the world by Croats.Shift of the Guard, Association of Historical Troops with a Tie led by the Tie Regiment / Photo: Dhar MediaToday is World Tie Day (October 18), and I can’t help but get the impression that, despite all the power of this “symbol”, we have not been able to position ourselves in the world as a tie is a Croatian product.However, we can freely expand this story to the question: Why are we ashamed of our Croatian greats? Why don’t we want to and don’t know how to use it for our tourist promotion? Why is a pen not our Croatian souvenir? People from all over the world use the pen every day, imagine that we have branded it well and whenever someone receives the pen, remember Croatia. Well that’s marketing and branding!Croatian inventors are responsible for great discoveries, discoveries that the world must know are from Croatia, especially if we talk in the context of Croatia as a tourist destination and branding the country. Why doesn’t the world know about Tesla, Penkala, Fraust Vrančić and all our other innovators who have indebted us. Why doesn’t the world know that Croats are deserving for parachute, torpedo, tie, Dalmatians, airship, rocket engine, ship’s compass… Where are the theme museums, amusement parks… for each of our prominent innovators visited by thousands of tourists? Where are the themed evenings celebrating the achievements of our innovators? This is how the tourist season is extended!DO YOU KNOW HOW PETER MIŠKOVIĆ INVENTOR steam bath, AS Tomislav Uzelac invented the first MP3 PLAYER AND THE M-PARKING, AS IVAN VUČETIĆ FATHER dactyloscopy – METHOD Fingerprinting, A MARIN SOLJAČIĆ is the first carried out experiments WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY, WHILE JOSIP BELUŠIĆ INVENTED THE SPEEDOMETER. THE LIST IS MUCH MUCH LONGER.We have the holy grail in the world of marketing, but five have pictures and there are no tonesWhat is the image and perception of Croatia in Europe? Are we recognized with something other than the sun and the sea, the Homeland War, famous athletes and Dubrovnik? Is that all we can offer and show?How to stand out in a sea full of fish? How do the “small” survive among the big ones? We have something to be proud of, praise and stand out. We have true and credible stories with which we can and must be different. We have the “holy grail” in the world of marketing and branding, not one but hundreds of them. Yes, we are full of life only unfortunately the world does not know that. What only others would make of just one story, let alone more than one.Photo: www.duckass.net / Lana’s DuckAssIt just took place recently Imex Fair in Las Vegas (from October 10 to 12), otherwise it is the largest and most visited convention fair on the American market, which was attended by the Croatian National Tourist Board. In addition to the CNTB, eight co-exhibitors presented their offer at the 46,45 m2 stand, including the tourist boards of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Valamar, Le Meridien Lav, Rixos Libertas, Katarina Line, Elite Travel and Intours.However, what caught my attention was the very poor performance of the promotion, ie the stand where the CNTB and its partners presented Croatia. What is the reason for such a poor performance of the stand, while on the other hand we have a tie and pen as Croatian and world-famous innovations, symbols, brands… which are again naturally and perfectly connected to the congress and business segment?When I asked the CNTB, they answered that this year’s appearance of the CNTB at the IMEX Las Vegas fair was realized in a somewhat simpler concept for several reasons. ” Namely, the fair was not planned and included in the Work Program in 2017, but due to the great interest of co-exhibitors (8 of them) it was decided that the performance will be realized with a simple and minimally large stand that will unite all Croatian entities. more acceptable performance costs. Also, the mentioned concept was chosen due to the fact that the funds for the IMEX fair in Las Vegas were not planned, and the costs of participating in congress fairs are extremely high compared to other fairs and even compared to ITB and WTM. Additionally, despite the fact that the stand was significantly simpler compared to the IMEX congress fairs in Frankfurt and the IBTM in Barcelona, ​​the costs of performing in Las Vegas were almost identical. Depending on the feedback from this year’s co-exhibitors, the possibilities of presenting the offer next year will be considered. Finally, we note that the IMEX fair in Las Vegas is a fair with pre-arranged meetings, which means that there are almost no random visitors, while the meetings themselves, as it was emphasized, are arranged before the fair. ” they pointed out from the CNTB. Regardless of the above, it is simply incomprehensible to me that Croatia still does not know how to use what it had, including pens and ties in this case.Looking at previous CNTB presentations at various fairs as well as at the ITB fair, where we were unrecognizable in the mass or game of cat and mouse to accept attention and 5 minutes of fame, ie the opportunity to present ourselves – we did not show creativity or attract attention. Again, we have something to be proud of and be different, and thus jump out of the crowd in the woods in communication. A couple of months ago, more precisely in July, after a public tender, he was selected new concepts and creative solutions appear at tourism fairs. Personally, I have not seen the performance live, ie the new design of the stands and the presentation, but from the available pictures I can currently conclude: beautiful, modern, correct, but sterile, without a soul and nothing special.And when we add to the whole paradigm how it is the concept of promoting our tourism, I ask myself out loud again: What will we stand out in the crowd? Is this a picture and the best possible presentation of Croatia? Don’t we have anything else to brag about and be recognizable by? Where did the red and white cubes go, what are we known for all over the world?To repeat, every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once, and whenever someone receives a pen in his hands, he must remember Croatia. Pens and ties must be our main symbols, at least when we talk about congress tourism, as well as the branding of Croatia.In the world of marketing when you are “small” you have to be different, special, fast, creative and innovative, and we still brand ourselves as a brown cow as Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow would say. “The thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that is especially deserving of being talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. The brown cow is boring ” points out Seth Godin.It is fascinating how hard we try to be a brown cow, and absolutely everything we have can be synonymous with the Blue Cow. We have all the predispositions from innovation, creativity, success, beauty and diversity – we have it all. What else do we want and need?Tie Days, the only Croatian and European festival dedicated to the tie phenomenon todayFortunately, the awareness of the origin of the necktie is proudly promoted by the Academia Cravatica institution, which is also the organizer of the only and the first European festival dedicated to the phenomenon of the necktie today.The festival began on Saturday with the installation of red ties on Zagreb’s monuments, organized by the Academia Cravatica institution, and after a multi-day program, today on the Square of St. As part of this festival, the Kravat Regiment held the last shift of the guard this season, which was also an overture to the central celebration that takes place on the European Square at 17 pm, with numerous guests.Back in 2013, after two years of preparations, Academia Cravatica made one of the most beautiful postcards from Croatia, when they set up a large tie installation around the Arena, the world’s best-preserved Roman amphitheater, which symbolically connected past and future, antiquity and modern civilization. The tie was 808 meters long and the maximum width of the lower part of the tie was 25 meters. The knot of the tie itself is 15 meters long, in its greatest width 16,5 meters wide, and in the narrowest part 5,4 meters wide, and more than a billion people, according to the interpretation of Academia Cravatica, got acquainted with our story about the tie.Photo: adriaticholidays.euLet’s be what we are – Croats. It must be our tourism product. We have 1244 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs, and just as many amazing credible, unique and primarily authentic stories. We are the tourist “Blue Cow” of Europe, at least we should be, but again, it’s all up to us.I still wonder why we don’t use all these amazing facts in promoting our tourism and the State. Unfortunately, the answer is still the same – we are obviously ashamed of our history, culture and identity, and it is interesting how this is the meaning, ie the motive of the trip – getting to know new ways and culture of living. We don’t need to be smart at all or invent hot water and be some bad copy of other tourist destinations. Let’s be what we are – Slavonians, Istrians, Dalmatians, Zagorje… Croats. It must be our tourism product.And finally, be proud every time you put on a tie, be ambassadors of our tourism and tell the story of how a tie is a Croatian product.Happy World Tie Day.last_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s Department sergeant David Durant has entered the race for the top job on the Democratic ticket.Durant graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1980, then Vincennes University before taking a job with the Cumberland Police Department. In 1988 he began a 27-year career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department that included serving as a SWAT & K-9 commander, participated in special investigations and held top-secret security clearance through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets program. He became the Decatur County Community Schools resource officer in 2015, joined the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in 2016, earned Officer of the Year in 2017 and was also promoted to the rank of sergeant.Durant says he wants to create an unfavorable environment for criminals and make Decatur County a safer place. He believes drugs are no longer a “big city” problem and all approaches must be embraced to tackle the current epidemic. He also advocates the use of faith-based initiatives in the jail to support recovery efforts.Durant is the only Democrat in the field and will face one of five Republicans in the November 2018 general election.The Republican candidates are Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, Decatur County Sheriff’s special deputies H. Wayne Shake and Rick Underhill, former Decatur County Sheriff’s Department deputy Steve Snyder and former Greensburg police chief of police and Decatur County prosecutor’s special investigator Bill Meyerrose.last_img read more

first_imgLast Updated: 26th August, 2020 05:59 IST Yankees-Braves Postponed By Rainy Weather, DH Set Wednesday The New York Yankees’ game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed Tuesday night because of inclement weather, delaying the debut of Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US The New York Yankees’ game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed Tuesday night because of inclement weather, delaying the debut of Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr.Anderson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 and the Braves’ top pitching prospect, was set to face New York ace Gerrit Cole (4-0). Cole has a 20-game winning streak in the regular season, one of the longest in baseball history.But heavy rains rolled through Atlanta throughout the day, and the forecast didn’t improve much as game time approached. Just before the scheduled first pitch, the game was postponed and a doubleheader was scheduled for Wednesday between the interleague opponents.Both teams activated key players from the injured list before the game. Judge was set to return from an injured calf, while the Braves activated their young slugger Acuña after two weeks on the IL with an ailing wrist. Atlanta also brought back Nick Markakis, who went on the injured list after potentially being exposed to COVID-19.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 26th August, 2020 05:59 ISTlast_img read more