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Welcome to my YAGM Rwanda blog, where I will be sharing stories and reflections on my year! I am accompanying and being accompanied by the community of Matimba, Rwanda and the Matimba Lutheran Parish through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program.


If it’s your first time visiting (or its been a while and you want a refresher!), check out my first post below, which will fill you in on what I am doing this year and why. If you’re visiting because of a new post, thank you for reading. I hope what you find is encouraging, thought-provoking, or otherwise opens a small window into the expansiveness of this year. – Emily Ronsberg

  • Prepare Ye (So It Begins)

    August 7, 2019 by

    On the back of my dorm room door this past school year, I placed four sticky notes – one pink, another green, a third blue, and the fourth orange. Written on each sticky note was a word or phrase, something I wanted to remind myself of every time I left my room. Beloved. Whole. Unfinished.… Read more

  • Home for the Holidays

    December 5, 2019 by

    It is now November, inching toward December. The holiday season is beginning, and the annual “fight” about when Christmas music is allowable gains fresh momentum. (Personally, it doesn’t matter to me – if it brings you joy, that’s great! I randomly heard “Winter Wonderland” on a bus here a few weeks ago and it brought… Read more

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