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Burundi

Burundi is a small country to the southwest of Lake Victoria. It is bordered by Rwanda on the north, Democratic Republic of Congo and Lake Tanganyika on the west, and Tanzania on the south and east. It has recently emerged from a lengthy civil war. The total devastation by fire of Bujumbura's (the capital's) central market in early 2013 has significantly affected the national economy. Despite these setbacks, Burundi remains a beautiful country in which there is real spiritual hunger.

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ECLEA in Burundi


ECLEA personnel first went to Burundi in January 2009. Early-on, Jonathan Menn began working with Rema Ministries. Rema is an indigenous ministry in Burundi that, like ECLEA, focuses on training church leaders. Consequently, Rema and ECLEA have entered into a memorandum of understanding whereby Rema will use its personnel and contacts to teach ECLEA's courses in Burundi and to identify good candidates among those who participate at ECLEA training sessions to become part of the ECLEA teaching team. Our plan is that Jonathan will train the Rema staff members and ECLEA-Burundi treachers in ECLEA's courses as well as participate in other church leader training sessions. In this way, ECLEA will have maximum impact since we already have an experienced group of teachers.


Here are updates from ECLEA's Burundi team concerning ECLEA's work in Burundi (older news accounts of ECLEA's work in Burundi and the rest of East Africa are located in the News Archive):


Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi coordinator

Frederic Harerimana

September 24, 2018--Report from Cancuzo

Greetings from Bujumbura where we are now from a seminar on Christianity and Islam mission in Cankuzo. In fact, this trip was so special in the way that we left Bujumbura on Friday in order to attend church services in various areas in Cankuzo to see if what they have learned in the various courses has been put in practice. We were in Mishiha for that matter, 4 kms away from the border with Tanzania. This area is mostly Muslim prone. In fact, the majority of the people that live there are Muslims and even the only guest house in the vicinity belongs to a Muslim. In the open air meeting we held, there were some Muslims and who knows? The message was “who is your Lord?” On our way back, we were delighted to give a ride to one lady and it turned out that this lady was a wife of a pastor we train in our various sessions:

This is her testimony: “From the time my husband started attending this course so many things changed for the better. Indeed, my family is well now: my husband took some initiatives which were not in his mind before he attended the course: now we pray together at home and takes time to read for us the word of God. He started some projects like rearing animals like goats, sheep, cows, things that were not in his mind before the training. He has planted trees and bananas which we now are proud of. Whenever it is time for him to go to that training, I encourage him to attend and if he says he is not ready to go I do push him to go for I have seen tangible result of the training”.

Another pastor called Musumari who is from Ruyigi but regularly attends the trainings, said: “From the time you started training us, I planted bananas. This is the first fruit that those bananas have yielded so I give it to Rema as firstfruits to show Rema Ministries [ECLEA's partner in Burundi] that we enjoyed their teachings and that we have put into practice what we learned there."

Back to our training, we were teaching Islam and Christianity. The eyes of the 27 participants were opened and they realized how Islam was a threat and an antichrist religion. They were amazed on how Muslims twist the Bible to read as they want. Participants were surprised to read into the Qur'an what they believe like the sirat [a razor-thin bridge Muslims believe they will have to cross to get from hell to paradise], and noticed that salvation in Islam is almost impossible. The assignment they were given to do at home was this: “Taking into consideration the materials we have been going through and going back into the whole material on Christianity and Islam, prove how Salvation in Islam is impossible.”

Islam is a big challenge in Burundi as in every corner. Mosques are being built and some Christians are defecting to that religion under the alibi that Muslims express more love than Christians. In fact, Muslims use alms to entice the Christians.
 
Yours faithfully, Frederic Harerimana

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Francois Nitunga, ECLEA-Burundi coordinator

REPORT OF CHURCH’S LEADERS TRAINING, HELD IN CANKUZO, MUZYE, BUKEYE AND NYANZA LAC FROM JANUARY TO APRIL 2019

I. Introduction
I would like to praise the Lord and thank him for what he enabled us to accomplish during the last 3 months in the church leaders training program. We were able to teach the book of Revelation, Christianity and Islam, Expository Preaching and the course on the Church.

We were able to do 8 trainings respectively at Muzye from 21 - 25 January and from March 11th to 15th; and Muramvya -Bukeye from 21 – 25 January and 18 – 22 March; Nyanza lac-Muyange from 11 – 15 February and from April 1st to 5th ; then Cankuzo from 18 – 22 February and from 29th/04 to 3rd/05/. The trainings went on well.

II. Trainers
All trainers were Rema staff. But in Cankuzo we were blessed to have Jonathan Menn who spent a whole week teaching the book of Revelation.


Frederic is training the course on the Church. Trainees are keen on listening to how they can change their ingrained habits to align themselves to what the mission of the church is.

III. Objective of the training 
The objective is to build capacities of church leaders and give them some basic biblical knowledge.

IV. Group discussions
During the training trainees were given an opportunity to to go into different groups so that they can learn from one another in a deeper way.


            Small group discussion at Bukeye

V. Participation of the trainees during the training
The trainees participate fully during the training. Before we begin the activities of the day, and before ending it, we commit ourselves into God’s hands.


        Committing the training session to God

They get an opportunity to ask questions so that they can understand well the lesson.


Trainees contribute to the success of the training through asking question to understand the lesson. Mrs Jacqueline is asking an interesting question concerning relationship between Christians and Muslims. She says: “Some of them are our direct family members. Our daughters fall in love with Muslim boys and they have right to choose who they marry. So what”?

VI. OUR COMMENTS
The trainees responded constructively to the teachings. They said that they understood what the church is all about, her nature, mission and purpose, that they are going to change their world view of what the church really is. We gave them words of encouragement and motivated them to involve themselves into missions as they apply what we have been going through the whole week. Answering questions was good because participants got chances to participate in contributing to the questions given by the trainers and those asked by the trainees; which encouraged them as students to know that they have something to contribute. The trainees learned from each other during discussion groups.



Rev. ZOYA Melchior: “This is a special training for us church leaders in rural areas. This is an opportunity for us which we should not take for granted. I am no longer the same person who came for this training 3 years ago. I have learned a lot. God bless Rema for thinking to bring this training here. On behalf of other students, we would like to ask you to go through again some topics we would like to go deeply such as Christianity and Islam, Biblical theology , Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Stewardship, Expository Preaching, and Revelation



This lady is enjoying the topic of Christianity and Islam. She says: “As you know me, I am NIYONKURU Josephine, I have been meeting with Muslims and discuss about our faith, but I could not know how to progress in my discussion, I was about to be won by them. But now I am learning something. It is better I came to do this training and thank so much my husband who allowed me to attend this training. I wish to go through this training to the end”.


Rev. NDAYISHIMIYE Isaie is sharing on how expository preaching topic has changed the way he was organizing the sermon and present it. He says: “I thank God who has opened the door for me to attend this class. I am so happy to be part of this training. My request is that you should repeat this topic and Biblical Interpretation and Biblical as well. They are very important to us as pastors who want to understand more and know how to present the word of God to different people in our different congregations”.


“We are looking forward to becoming good trained leaders”
These ladies share their feelings as we finish a one week training at Muzye. They said: “For sure we have a room in God’s vineyard, because only men could have got this opportunity to come to the training, forgetting us because we are women. God is good. Things are changing. We also benefiting from this training. Surely, we are looking to become good trained leaders.

Pastors’ training is bringing transformation not only in their churches but also social transformation in their respective families and their local communities.



Special training at Bukeye. Theodore Rema Director is encouraging the congregants to work hard so that they may be able to support their pastors while going through the training. They need food and books.

After the challenging message, some Christians responded positively as they decided to put together beans (60kgs), rice (40 kgs), and 25 kgs of potatoes to support their students.

Mme NTIHABOSE Scholasitique. Testifies : “From the time my husband started attending this course so many things changed for the better. Indeed, my family is well now: my husband took some initiatives which were not in his mind before he attended the course: now we pray together at home and takes time to read for us the word of God. He started some projects like rearing animals like goats, sheep, cows, things that were not in his mind before the training. He has planted trees and bananas which we now are proud of. Whenever it is time for him to go to that training, I encourage him to attend and if he says he is not ready to go I do push him to go for I have seen concrete results of the training”


VII. Conclusion
We give thanks to the Lord for He has enabled us to do what we had planned so far. We thank all our supporters who financially provided money we needed so that we may do such activities. In particular, we would like to thank Jonathan for coming and spending the whole time teaching our Pastors in Cankuzo in the month of February. Cankuzo is a province located in eastern part of Burundi. It is bordering with Tanzania. In all we continue to give glory to the Almighty God. He is good all the time and all the time He is good!

Francois


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