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In 1994, people were fleeing the African country of Rwanda due to the civil unrest between the Hutu and Tutsi people and the genocide that was taking place. American Carl Wilkens stayed behind.

Wilkens, a pastor, was working with an organization called Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, and had been in the country for about a decade at that point. In his mind, the Rwandan people needed more help than ever during the mass killings, so he sent his wife and family home, locked himself in his house for three weeks to avoid gunfire and did what he could to help out.

Currently, the author of I’m Not Leaving heads up a nonprofit organization called World Outside My Shoes. He also tours the country speaking abut his experiences in Rwanda in an effort to inspire and educate people to enter the world of “The Other,” be it on the other side of the world or under their own roofs.

The inspirational speaker will be talking about his work in Rwanda at the Special Events Center on the Boise State campus this evening at 7 p.m. The lecture is FREE to attend. Call 208-426-1122 for more information.