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Guest: Immaculée Ilibagiza

January 20, 2008 Program (Part I) – Burning Hate
January 27, 2008 Program (Part II) – Forgiving the Unforgivable

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Rwanda. Her life transformed dramatically in 1994 during the Rwanda genocide when she and seven other women huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days! During this horrific ordeal, Immaculée lost most of her family, but she survived to share the story and her miraculous transition into forgiveness and a profound relationship with God.

To really know Immaculée, listen to how others describe her: “In all of my countless hours with her, in a multitude of private and public settings, this transcendentally spiritual woman always – and I mean always – shines a light that captures everyone within its boundaries,” says internationally renowned author and speaker Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. “The very first moment we met, I knew in an absolute flash of insight that I was in the presence of a uniquely Divine woman. To me, Immaculée was not only left to tell this mind-blowing story, but more than that, she’s a living example of what we can all accomplish when we go within and choose to truly live in perfect harmony with our originating Spirit.”

“Immaculée is a stunningly beautiful woman who emanates peace and light,” adds women’s wellness pioneer and best-selling author Dr. Christiane Northrup. “Her story is one that confirms the existence of power of a Divine Source. When I read her book, I came to understand and trust at a whole new level that true communion with God is possible for every one of us.”

Four years after the Rwandan tragedy, Immaculée immigrated to the United States and began working for the United Nations in New York City. She has since established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help others heal from the long-term effects of genocide and war.

There’s another interesting story about how Immaculée called upon God in a different chapter of her life. This time, she asked God to bring her the man of her dreams. She sat down with a piece of paper and sketched the face of the person she wanted to marry, listing his height, a strong character, and other endearing characteristics. Three months later, she met her husband, Bryan Black, who came to Rwanda to set up the UN court that would prosecute those responsible for planning the genocide. Immaculée says that he was “sent by God, courtesy of the UN, all the way from America!”

Left to Tell has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide, been made into a documentary, and through her Left to Tell Charitable Fund has raised over $150,000 for the orphans of Rwanda. Ms. Ilibagiza has been invited to speak to a range of audiences including dignitaries of the world, multinational corporations, churches, and local school children. The importance of her story has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards, including an honorary doctoral degree from the prestigious University of Notre Dame; the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007; a finalist as one of Beliefnet.com’s “Most Inspiring People of the Year 2006;” and a Christopher Award, “affirming the highest values of human spirit.”Left to Tell has been chosen as Outreach Magazine’s selection for “Best Outreach Testimony/Biography Resource of 2007, and for the 2007-2008 One Book program at Villanova University making it a mandatory read for 6,000 students.

Immaculée lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children. Left to Tell is Immaculée’s first book.

 

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