This evening, I’m flying to Rio de Janeiro, and I will be in Brazil for the next several days. I was asked to film Immaculee Ilibagiza while she speaks to a crowd of over 100,000 people. It seems that Immaculee’s message of forgiveness and peace has struck a chord with the Brazilians, and now, although they may not know it, they are also about to learn about Kibeho.
In case you’re not aware, Immaculee is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda. Nearly her entire family was killed, and she survived by hiding in a small bathroom with seven other women for 90 days. She entered the bathroom weighing 115 pounds; when the genocide had ended and she emerged, she only weighed about 60 pounds.
The book she wrote about her experiences, called LEFT TO TELL, became a New York Times bestseller. Within that powerful book, Immaculee recounts how the power of prayer and faith carried her through unimaginable darkness and despair.
She and I produced a film together, called IF ONLY WE HAD LISTENED, which tells the story of the apparitions of Kibeho and how the Virgin Mary warned about the genocide before it happened. I have come to learn that although Immaculee’s message of forgiveness is close to heart, she’s happiest when she gets the chance to speak about Our Lady of Kibeho. The apparitions and messages of Kibeho are constantly on her mind.
In fact, Immaculee is trying to encourage people, including you, to help promote Kibeho by celebrating the upcoming feast day, Nov. 28, 2011, which also happens to be the 30th anniversary of the apparitions. That date will also be the 10th anniversary of the Vatican’s approval of the first three Kibeho visionaries, Alphonsine, Anathalie and Marie Claire. More on that later.
Now, as I prepare to go to Brazil, please pray that the people there will not only embrace Immaculee’s story of forgiveness, but also the messages of Kibeho. I will write a follow-up post about my trip after my return.