Serge Gasore ('09) | Paying it Forward
B.S. in Psychology, 2009
M.S. in Global Service, 2013
Serge Gasore, survivor of one of the most tragic days in Rwandan history, is drawing from his dark past and creating a bright future for children in his home country.
We strongly believe that we can show Jesus to these kids through service. My wife and I had seen the hand of God through people, and we are paying forward to those people by being a voice for those who cannot get their voice out.
When he was a young boy, Serge witnessed the death of his grandmother in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Years later, he came to ACU and left his past behind but never forgot it. Now, as a recent graduate, he and his wife are living out ACU’s mission in Rwanda.
"My wife and I think that there is no reason to stay on earth except to make a difference in the lives of children who are the future of tomorrow," Gasore said.
Quest to rescue children
Serge and his wife, Esperance Gasore, have started a children's home for children who are orphaned, sick, abused and neglected. Recently, they have rescued four children: a 4-year-old girl named Niwemwungeri, a 4-year-old girl named Mukabunani Providence, a 6-year-old girl named Keza Emelyne and a 7-year-old boy named Tinyimana Fils.
"I would like to rescue vulnerable children and place them in homes in order for children to grow as if they were raised by their biological parents," Gasore said. "Our primary focus is to support children physiologically, emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually."
Serge and Esperance have big plans for their children's home but that is only the first step in their journey.
"In the years to come, we want to be on the ground and work with people in that community," Gasore said. "We are not going there to teach or deliver anything; instead we are going there to learn from each other and help each other. If God continues to open doors, this community one day will see many children's homes, a church to promote disciple-making, a friendship house, Christian high school and health center."
Serge's time at ACU was instrumental in his cause as well as his motivation to change children's lives in Rwanda.
"I cannot describe well enough how ACU prepared me to do what I am trying to do in the world. ACU is not only a school where I learned cognitively and spiritually, it is also a family to me," Gasore said. "The ACU community created love and confidence in me. My adoptive parents (Vann and Susan Conwell), and other people I met during my time at ACU inspired me to do something great like this, because I have always wanted to have a loving heart like the one they have toward God and his people."
Serge is the epitome of what it means to carry out ACU’s mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
"We strongly believe that we can show Jesus to these kids through service," Gasore said. "My wife and I had seen the hand of God through people, and we are paying forward to those people by being a voice for those who cannot get their voice out."
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