The Search for Home: Rwanda was her Paradise. Rwanda was her Hell
By Beatrice Smith

Book, £8.99 / Kindle Edition, £5.99


In April 1994, ten-year-old Beatrice came face to face with the Rwandan genocide when machete wielding killers burst into her family’s home, seeking their lives.

Forced to flee, Beatrice and her family found themselves moving from one country to another in search of safety and rest. Destitute refugees, they faced innumerable challenges along the way, but also experienced God’s provision and miraculous rescue.

Now settled in the UK, Beatrice reflects on the tumultuous journey that brought her here and how God worked healing and restoration. Told through the eyes of a child, The Search for Home is an inspirational story that gives insight into the plight of millions of refugees today.

‘Beatrice’s experiences were horrific, along with many others’, but God’s faithfulness and grace shine through this gloriously honest testimony. “Enjoy” would be the wrong word, but read this and you will be encouraged, challenged and stirred to pursue Jesus and live for Him.’
Simon Guillebaud, author, speaker and Director of Great Lakes Outreach (GLO)

‘If you find it difficult to imagine the horrors of genocide, a nation torn apart and becoming a refugee, this book will help you to do so through the eyes of a child who witnessed all of these events first hand. In a compelling style, Beatrice helps us engage with the plight of too many millions of people in our world right now. A must read!’
Anthony Delaney, Leader of Ivy Churches

‘The Search for Home is such an important story, particularly in this time of significant refugee movements across the world. I thoroughly recommend this book to you and hope that you will be uplifted as you read this story.’
Debra Green OBE, Executive Director, Redeeming Our Communities

‘What an amazing, gripping account of a family’s journey from heartache to freedom! I couldn’t put the book down! May you be blessed, encouraged and inspired as you join with Beatrice and her family in The Search for Home.’
Pastor John W Butcher, Senior Pastor, Life Community Church, Birmingham

‘I went through every emotion you can imagine as I was riveted to its pages. What Beatrice and her family endured and what they saw as children no one should have to go through. Well written, easy to read and completely enthralling. A story that needs to be told and Beatrice delivers it with excellence.’
Angela Butcher, Senior Pastor, Life Community Church, Birmingham

‘Frustration, oppression, abuse, terror, rage, confusion and a battered but brave personal faith in the God of love stains every page. I found the read to be disturbing, unsettling and compelling, wondering why we refuse to learn the lessons of history and seem doomed to repeat them. By the time you close the book, you will wonder if this is a story about the past or a warning about the present. If you read it as a Christian, I hope it stirs you to have a biblical paradigm on the moral issues of immigration, totalitarianism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. To do nothing in response is to be criminally complicit.’
Anthony Hodgkinson, Senior Associate Leader of Emmanuel Community Church International, Director of Greenleaf Trust, and of The Emmanuel Schools Trust , and Chair of Governors for Emmanuel Community School, Walthamstow, East London

About the Author
Beatrice Smith was born in Rwanda to a large family but at just ten years of age was forced to flee the savage genocide that swept the country and threatened their lives. After travelling through several countries in search of safety, they finally settled in the UK. Beatrice is married and the mother of two children. She is passionate about Jesus, meeting people and good food. She loves to laugh over coffee and cake!