At the outset of Rwanda's civil war, a student of Christian Science living in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, phoned the Clerk's Office of The Mother Church. He said that he, his wife, who was expecting, and their three-year-old child needed to escape from the capital at once. He asked for prayerful support, not only for his family, but for other Christian Scientists, and for the people of Rwanda. A number of Christian Science practitioners were contacted by the Clerk's Office, and this need was made known.

Some time later, on August 1, a fax from Kenya reached The Mother Church with these words from the student: "I was told that you mobilized practitioners to pray for Rwanda and for my family and myself.... Your prayers were, I think, very effective, since I escaped death for three times...." He went on to say that he was unsure of the whereabouts of the other Christian Scientists, and "I don't know either what happened to the room and chairs we rented in downtown Kigali for Christian Science services."

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September 12, 1994

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