In October 2016, a group of women from Saddleback Church took a PEACE
trip to Rwanda to serve local churches in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Orphan Care.
Compromised of core women’s ministry leaders, the trip brought together women
ranging from college students and recent graduates, to young mothers and career
women, to grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Together, these women found that
their diverse hearts were weaved together by the common vision of empowering
the local churches of Rwanda and living out the Great Commission in their daily
Many of the women who served on this trip harbored deep
insecurities and questions as to whether God could use them in Rwanda. Whether
they felt too young, too old, too sensitive, too feminine, too inexperienced,
or too small in the kingdom, God met them in their doubts and empowered them to
serve His Church. As Lauren Franco, Women’s Communities intern and team member
stated, “The Great Commission isn't subject to one gender, or one age group.
It’s all of us. We’re all called to go to make disciples of all nations.” These
women discovered the truth that everyone can be used on a PEACE trip. No matter
what your background, family history, or experiences are, God can use you!
Take a look at this discussion about the HIV and Orphan Care
PEACE trip featuring several women who served on this trip as they discuss what
God taught them in the process:
If you would like more information about how you can serve on an
HIV/AIDS PEACE trip, please email HIV@saddleback.com or call 949-609-8555.