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Rwanda 2012, Off to Africa

August 25, 2012

I am on the move again in November 2012. I will be joining a team from Prince Edward, Canada for a mission trip to Gisenyi, Rwanda, Africa. The following is a description of the project from the Nazarene website.

“The Child Development Center at Gisenyi Bridge Church of the Nazarene (Ndengera Foundation) takes care of 814 orphans. Support to orphans includes: health, nutrition, education, and discipleship. The foundation for a chapel has already been laid, but a team is needed to complete the chapel. The chapel will help disciple the orphans and can also be rented by other groups. The income will help better care for the orphans.”

 

Artist drawing of the project

 

The following is an article sent to us from the team in Rwanda that explains their situation more throughly. I am excited about returning to Africa for the third time and being able to participate in the Lords work with another Work and Witness team.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Rwanda experienced one of the worst human tragedies in 1994. On April 6, 1994, the president of Rwanda was assassinated when his airplane was shot down. This act ignited tensions between two rival ethnic groups. Between April 6th and mid-July of 1994, one of the groups sought to extinguish the other in an act of genocide. The world mostly stood by and watched, and in the span of 100 days there are estimates that 800,000 to over 1 million people were murdered. Additionally, 2 million people were displaced from their homes.

The effects of the genocide live on today, over fourteen years later. Prosecutions are ongoing, the country is trying to recover in many ways: politically, socially, and economically. A major effect of the genocide is to the family structure: wives lost their husbands, husbands their wives, and children their parents. Children are forced to be providers for their family at the age when children should not have a care in the world, but to go to school, play, and enjoy being kids.

Rwanda has also been hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As with the effects of the genocide, this tragedy destroys the conventional family structure and children are forced to grow up faster than they should. We are teaming up with Gisenyi Church of the Nazarene and the NDENGERA Foundation who is taking care of 624 orphans whose parents died of HIV/AIDS and 190 street children and genocide related orphans. Total, they are taking care of 814 orphans.

In order to take care of the orphans, Gisenyi Church needs some help. They have great programs in place to help feed the children, educate the children, teach them a trade, and to take care of their health needs. However, all the resources to do this work are not there. We have committed ten years in partnering with this ministry in helping them reach sustainable, long-term development. The projects include building a training school, a primary school, a nursery, sanitation facilities, a completed administrative office, a health clinic, a chapel, a kitchen, a restaurant, a conference center, and a guest house. These projects fulfill short-term needs that the ministry has, but they also work towards long-term goals. The hope of the ministry is that they can provide education, tools, and resources to the orphans so that they can not only survive, but can make a living for themselves and for their family. They seek to equip the children for sustainable, long-term development. they invest in the present to hopefully impact their future.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mim Cobb permalink
    August 25, 2012 10:32 am

    This sounds like such a great project! It stirs my heart to know that you are going to minister to a group of people, in a country that I used to call “home”. I will miss you but am so moved to know your heart for God and for helping bring Jesus to these children in Rwanda in ways that SHOW his love in tanagible ways! I pray that each one of the children will give their hearts to Jesus and grow up to love and serve Him!

    • Brenda Doyle permalink
      November 30, 2012 12:50 pm

      Glad you made it home safe and sound Lee … what a wonderful experience to see God at work in the “spritfilled” people of Rwanda. Thank you for sharing the experience with us Christian “Canucks”… hope to meet again in the future. Happiness always as you begin another life journey with your new bride and serving the Lord. Much blessings!

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