Immaculée Ilibagiza

Writer Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. During the Rwanda genocide in 1994, she and seven other women spent 91 days in a bathroom of a local pastor's home. She lost most of her family at this time. Four years later, she immigrated to the United States and began working at the United Nations in New York City. She is currently a full-time public speaker and writer. In 2007, she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help support Rwandan orphans and others who suffered from the long-term effects of genocide and war. She has received numerous humanitarian awards including the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007 and a Christopher Award.
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It's the greatest story never told: that of a boy who met Jesus and dared to ask Him all the questions that have consumed mankind since the dawn of time. His name was Segatashya. He was a shepherd born into a penniless and illiterate pagan family in the most remote region of Rwanda. He never attended school, never saw a bible, and never set foot in a church. Then one summer day in 1982 while the 15-year-old was resting beneath a shade tree, Jesus Christ paid him a visit. Jesus asked the startled young man if he'd be willing to go on a mission to remind mankind how to live a life that leads to heaven. Segatashya accepted the assignment on one condition: that Jesus answer all his questions-and all the questions of those he met on his travels-about faith, religion, the purpose of life, and the nature of heaven and hell. Jesus agreed to the boy's terms, and Segatashya set off on what would become one of the most miraculous journeys in modern history. Although he was often accused of being a charlatan and beaten as a result, Segatashya's innocent heart and powerful spiritual wisdom quickly won over even the most cynical of critics. Soon, this teenage boy who had never learned to read or write was discussing theology with leading biblical scholars and advising pastors and priests of all denominations. He became so famous in Rwanda that the Catholic Church investigated his story. The doctors and psychiatrists who examined Segatashya all agreed that they were witnessing a miracle. His words and simple truths converted thousands of hearts and souls wherever he went. Before his death during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Segatashya continued his travels and conversations with Jesus for eight years, asking Him what we all want to know: Why were we created? Why must we suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? When will the world end?Is there life after death? How do we get to Heaven? The answers to these and many other momentous, life-changing questions are revealed in this riveting book, which is the first full account of Segatashya's remarkable life story. Written with grace, passion, and loving humor by Immaculée Ilibagiza, Segatashya's close friend and a survivor of the Rwandan holocaust herself, this truly inspirational work is certain to move you in profound ways. No matter what your faith or religious beliefs, Segatashya's words will bring you comfort and joy, and prepare your heart for this life . . . and for life everlasting.
Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which they assured could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced His love.

Much like what happened at similar sites such as Fátima and Lourdes, the messengers of Kibeho were at first mocked and disbelieved. But as miracle after miracle occurred in the tiny village, tens of thousands of Rwandans journeyed to Kibeho to behold the apparitions. For years, countless onlookers watched as the Mother and Son of God spoke through the eight seers about God’s love, sending messages that they insisted were meant not only for Rwandans, but for the entire world, to hear. Mary also sent messages to government and church leaders to instruct them how to end the ethnic hatred simmering in their country. She warned them that Rwanda would become “a river of blood” —a land of unspeakable carnage —if the hatred of the people was not quickly quelled by love.

Some leaders listened, but very few believed: the prophetic and apocalyptic warnings tragically came true during 100 horrifying days of savage bloodletting and mass murder. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (that is, related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa. But the story still remains largely unknown.

Now, Immaculée Ilibagiza plans to change all that. She made many pilgrimages to Kibeho both before and after the holocaust, personally witnessed true miracles, and spoke with a number of the visionaries themselves. What she’s discovered will deeply touch your heart.
For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead. Immaculée’s remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust .In Led By Faith, Immaculée takes us with her as her remarkable journey continues. Through her simple and eloquent voice, we experience her hardships and heartache as she struggles to survive and to find meaning and purpose in the aftermath of the holocaust. It is the story of a naïve and vulnerable young woman, orphaned and alone, navigating through a bleak and dangerously hostile world with only an abiding faith in God to guide and protect her. Immaculée fends off sinister new predators, seeks out and comforts scores of children orphaned by the genocide, and searches for love and companionship in a land where hatred still flourishes. Then, fearing again for her safety as Rwanda’s war-crime trials begin, Immaculée flees to America to begin a new chapter of her life as a refugee and immigrant—a stranger in a strange land. With the same courage and faith in God that led her through the darkness of genocide, Immaculée discovers a new life that was beyond her wildest dreams as a small girl in a tiny village in one of Africa’s poorest countries. It is in the United States, her adopted country, where Immaculée can finally look back at all that has happened to her and truly understand why God spared her life . . . so that she would be left to tell her story to the world.
Trece años antes del sangriento genocidio de 1994 que arrasó Ruanda y dejó más de un millón de muertos, la Virgen María y Jesucristo se aparecieron ante ocho jóvenes en la remota aldea de Kibeho. A través de estos visionarios, María y Jesús advirtieron sobre el inminente holocausto y afirmaron que podría evitarse si los ruandeses abrieran sus corazones a Dios y aceptaran su amor. Al igual que sucedió en sitios similares como Fátima y Lourdes, al principio se burlaron de los mensajeros de Kibeho y no les creyeron. Pero cuando empezó a ocurrir milagro tras milagro en la pequeña aldea, decenas de miles de ruandeses viajaron a Kibeho para contemplar las apariciones. Durante años, incontables espectadores vieron a la Madre y al Hijo de Dios hablar sobre el amor de Dios, enviando mensajes destinados no solo a los ruandeses, según insistieron en precisar, sino al mundo entero. María también envió mensajes al gobierno y a los líderes de la iglesia para enseñarles cómo acabar con el odio tribal que azotaba su país. Ella les advirtió que Ruanda se convertiría en "un río de sangre", una tierra de carnicería indescriptible, si el odio de la gente no era transformado rápidamente a través del amor. Algunos líderes escucharon, pero muy pocos creyeron: las advertencias proféticas y apocalípticas se volvieron realidad trágicamente durante los 100 horribles días de asaltos salvajes y asesinatos en masa. Después del genocidio y de dos décadas de investigación rigurosa, Nuestra Señora de Kibeho se convirtió en el primer sitio mariano  (es decir, relacionado con la Virgen María) aprobado por el Vaticano en toda África. Pero la historia aún se desconoce en gran parte. Ahora, Inmaculada Ilibagiza planea cambiar todo eso. Hizo muchas peregrinaciones a Kibeho, tanto antes como después del holocausto, presenció personalmente milagros verdaderos y habló con varios de los propios visionarios. Lo que ella descubrió conmoverá profundamente tu corazón.
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