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Rwanda

Rwanda is a small, landlocked country just southwest of Lake Victoria, surrounded by Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. It is well-known for the genocide that took place in 1994, in which approximately 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed by their fellow Rwandans. The genocide was the subject of the movie "Hotel Rwanda". Since that time, however, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery. It is safe and is the cleanest country in East Africa (if not all of Africa). It is known as "the land of a thousand hills," and some call it the "Switzerland of Africa."

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Photos of Rwanda

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Short videos taken at the Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide Sites are available on the ECLEA Videos YouTube page, HERE.

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ECLEA in Rwanda

ECLEA personnel first went to Rwanda in June 2007 after Anglican Bishop Alexis Bilindabagabo of the Gahini Diocese invited Jonathan Menn to come and teach the pastors of the diocese (the two had met following a speech the Bishop gave at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). In the years since that initial visit, ECLEA teachers have taught in each of Rwanda's provinces, and ECLEA has established a solid committee of Rwandan pastor-teachers to carry on the work indigenously.


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

Francis Ngoboka, ECLEA-Rwanda national coordinator
Francis Ngoboka

Frist quarter, 2019, updates:

After, teaching of Biblical Counseling, Polly, one of the youth coming up in teaching and counseling said: “ibi nibishya kandi  byiza,” meaning, “These are new and good stuff.”

After Jonathan taught Biblical Theology, Mugisha, who is lead pastor Rhema  Ministries  in Rwanda, exclaimed, “Where does ECLEA  get this unusual staff? “

On Biblical Theology, Dr. Tarasis as we spoke, told me “We need to all of this stuff for teaching our people.”

During the lessons of Expository Preaching, Pr. Murenzi, told all of us: “Tugomba kwitoza ibi bintu,”  meaning “We must pay attention to this staff and practice it closely.” 

Follow up is quite  important  and yet challenging. As much  as I treasure  it, I can confess it's as hard as it takes intention, effort, and discipline. I get many good  points and encouragement  during follow up. Of recent, I have seen changes  with many pastors  who had financial struggles  because they thought  had to depend  on offering.

Because of Biblical Stewardship, paradigm  changed, practices changed and better finances came:
 
     Theophil  has done  research and found out that his land is favourable  do onions  and has planted, expects  reasonable monies on harvest. Now has a worker  for cleaning  and garden care

     Rubambura has now planted  his plot of land with potatoes  and expects  to get  reasonable  sales, to schools, yet invested only 50,000. This is exciting. 

     Someone, a great young evangelist, believed in going around preaching so that God miraculously supplies for him. Now has a job, earns monthly  salary, stopped suffering. Actually gotten so happy that he says we have helped him  so much and requested me to be his spiritual father, which am still examining before response.

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Francis Ngoboka, ECLEA-Rwanda national coordinator
Francis Ngoboka

Report from Rwanda, June 2019

We are fine and thank God for his work. 

Kayonza: the book of Revelation was well taught though it raised several questions pertaining to rapture, millennium, and beast. Innocent is proving a good teacher/trainer.

Hilltop and other members of Kanombe studied together Christianity and Islam. Protais was head teacher who did a great job, inspire of the short time. We were so challenged that we prayed together concerning friends who confessed conviction to start plans of praying more seriously and reaching out to Moslems than ever before. Even the figures alone of Islam growth was new and provoking to the leaders. 

Byumba: The book of James is still touching—the commitment to see good works accompany our faith, respect for humble people, help for the poor and needy, all very touching. 

The leaders meeting for evaluation of impact and possible changes for increasing impact was very fruitful:

  • ECLEA is becoming a model discipleship, connecting, and unity of ministry. 
  • One of the ladies, Jackie, who was staying hungry with her two children was helped, counseled and is now doing very good business, eating well and her children  in school. 
  • Chrode, an elder whose wife has a new baby was thrown out of the house for rent problems. Elves members of Kanombe and Hilltop, all of us put Franks together and he is now building a small house on his plot. He got faith to abandon renting. Thank God for Auleria who led this project. 
  • Two other big points in the Elves teachers meeting were to do with smartening follow-up and personal study and improvement as teachers.

Respectfully submitted, Francis Ngoboka

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Francis Ngoboka, ECLEA-Rwanda national coordinator
Francis Ngoboka


15, 16, 17th July, Kanombe center had 42 students who attended OT Overview. The clarity, arrangement of the book was exciting to many, including me who was teaching it. Thanks to our sister Rosemary’s effort in putting all this resource together.

 

22, 23, 24th July, 24 leaders attended the Kayonza class studying the book of James, which is edifying the members by the deep emphasis on works and faith. 

25, 26, 27th July, the book of James in Ruhango was quite appreciated. There is understanding on being doers and not hearers only, generating commitment to being practical. 

In the follow-up, unusual findings came up. As were teaching Biblical Stewardship and the other essentials like creativity and environment, one brother went back, thought critically, and is now turning waste paper into flower pots, a thing that has turned  his life around  financially! He actually even went ahead  and got payment.
 
Rudasingwa rented a plot and planted sheer seeds, which medicinal value and now earns good income from this. So we thank God we are surrounded with such great testimonies as a result of our courses. Thank God.

Francis

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