30 May

Before I left Nyaruguru, I passed by the state-of-the-art Kibeho Bible Center to learn more about the most popular book in the history of publishing. Launched in 2021, this center is equipped with resourceful tools for students of the Bible.

The facility is another gift to the world from the Marian Fathers, the apostles of Divine Mercy under the mantle and loving guidance of the blessed Virgin Mary. It is the same clergymen who own the retreat center I spent the night in.

This facility is one of its kind. It is fitted with graphic exhibits, digital material, a physical repository and audiovisual history archives. In addition, there is a multimedia center and a tea bar on the premises. The children’s section, designed to make Bible learning exciting, is set up too.

"This is not a Bible museum. It’s an evangelical center." Says Fr. Leszek Czelusniak, the brain behind the project. The center redefines evangelization. It recreates the environment in which biblical events took place and makes it easier for us to ponder and comprehend the word of God. Replicas of Noah's Ark, the Temple of Jerusalem and other structures made me feel like a featured character in the widely told stories.

As a travel enthusiast, I have always been fascinated by the story of creation in the Book of Genesis. The beauty of the geographical features embellishing the surface of planet Earth is the reason I became a travel promoter in the first place.

When it comes to understanding the Bible, I have a long way to go. The last time I participated in a biblical discussion, I wanted to know whether the Garden of Eden still exists or not. The tourist in me would love to visit it and camp therein.

Over the years, my plan to study the Bible has been a victim of procrastination. This center is finally changing that. I will be dropping by every time I visit the area. After all, the knowledge dispensed therein can't be soaked up in one day.

As I walked around the building, I looked at the scripts, maps, artistic impressions and handcrafted objects keenly. The more I drank from this fountain of knowledge, the thirstier I became.