The Search for Home

“Rwanda was her paradise. Rwanda was her hell.”

Beatrice Smith

ISBN: 9781909728530

176 Pages

Published Oct 2016


Paperback £8.99 Kindle £5.99
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In April 1994, ten-year-old Beatrice Smith came face to face with the horrors of the Rwandan genocide as crazed machete-wielding killers burst into her family’s home, lusting for blood.

Barely escaping with their lives, Beatrice and her family suddenly found themselves destitute refugees. Wandering from country to country in a desperate search for safety, the comfortable life they had once enjoyed became a distant memory. Penniless and vulnerable, they encountered moments of heart-wrenching despair and seemingly insurmountable challenge, but also witnessed God’s incredible provision and miraculous rescue.

Now thankfully se­ttled in the UK, Beatrice reflects on the tumultuous events that brought her here and how God worked healing and restoration in her life. The Search for Home is a deeply moving, faith-affirming story that gives much-needed insight into the plight of millions of refugees today.

  • 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 an engaging and 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
  • This is a remarkable book, hope-filled and inspirational. Beatrices experiences were horrific, along with many others, but Gods 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)
  • Reading The Search for Home makes me incredibly grateful to God. It gives us an immense insight in the life of refugees and the complex journey they have to go through in order to find a home. Beatrice tells her story of growing up in enormously taxing circumstances, and with a real honesty both in terms of dreams and disappointments. The Search for Home is a tremendous read that will reignite hope its readers. It is such an important story, particularly in this time of significant refugee movements across the world.

    I am so grateful to God for keeping Beatrice and her family safe across her whole journey and doubly thankful that she is part of our Manchester family of faith. 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 familys journey from heartache to freedom! Although I was aware of some of the challenges that Beatrice and the family had overcome, my heart and mind were gripped by the depth of the despair that they encountered and the wonderful provision of God throughout the journey. 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 could not put it down. 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
  • I have known Beatrice ever since she entered the UK, as one of her Pastors, and as a family friend. Beatrice writes from her heart and her pen is dipped in the blood of the nation she loves so dearly – Rwanda. 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 in equal measures, and Beatrice takes us on the rollercoaster ride of her own journey through Africa and Europe but lands us safely – wondering how and why we refuse to learn the lessons of history and seemed doomed to repeat them over and over.

    There are unique aspects to her story – but bloody genocide is unfortunately not unique. 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 – exactly what you will do is entirely up to you.

    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

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