Reaching Rwanda with the Gospel

Imagine a country with sloping mountains and a national park dedicated to volcanos, gorillas, and golden monkeys and you have just a small picture of Rwanda. Nestled between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania, Rwanda has a big reputation for such a small country.

Over the years, this African nation has been the focal point of world news from devastating genocide to its most recent re-election of its president, Paul Kagame. It could be easy to assign Rwanda to only these news stories and ignore the great strides this country has made in the last two decades.

Those strides, in part, are due to a slow and subtle move among its people and has its roots in the Christian church. There are many missionaries and organizations that find work in Rwanda from the United States, providing help and aid. But some of the most powerful stories of hope and change are coming from pastors who call Rwanda home.

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Do Not Be Afraid

I’m struck this week by the number of times in the gospel narrative of the birth of Jesus that I find the words, “Do not be afraid.”

– When the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias in the Temple to announce the forerunner of the Christ, he said, Do not be afraid.”
When God sent the angel named Gabriel to visit Mary to reveal to her God’s plan to send His Son, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary.”
When Joseph was struggling with Mary’s pregnancy and whether to follow through on his marriage commitment, an angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream saying, “Do not be afraid.”
When an angel stood before shepherds in the darkness of the Bethlehem countryside to announce the birth of Jesus, he said to them, “Do not be afraid.”

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Abundant Fruit in Maasai Land

Mobile Messenger Daniel was invited to preach during a conference at one of the churches at Maasai land. The congregation has increased and this caused them to start a new church in faith…. and through contribution.  Thank you With Open Eyes  for praying for  the Mobile Messengers ,me being one of them, because even men are now attending church when before the majority were women.

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Sharing the Word of God on Saturday with the congregation. All were listening carefully.

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Sunday Service

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P.U.S.H. – Pray Until Something Happens

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Not only did they eat spiritual food but also food to nourish their bodies too.

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Laying hands in prayer … four people made the decision to live their lives for Christ. Praise be to God!

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Blessings from Rwanda

On July 18th-29th, a team of 8 from Central Church of God in Charlotte, NC traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to work with one of our With Open Eyes partners.  The team arrived in time for the dedication of 50 new bicycles being distributed to 50 Mobile Messengers!  One of the team members, who had been on many mission trips in the past, commented of how,

This experience was a highlight of all trips!!  How wonderful and amazing it is to see 50 men and women of all generations, receiving a bicycle that will help them carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.”

As the week went on and the team traveled throughout the rough and curvy hills of Rwanda, it made the gift of transportation so much more meaningful!

The team split their time between Kigali and two village churches in the Northern and Southern provinces.  In preparation for this trip, the team had raised money to not only cover the cost of their expenses, but to also help buy cement and building supplies for building walls of two churches where they would be visiting.  In fact, in a two week fundraising period, they raised enough money not only to cover what they had hoped, but enough extra to help with a third church! Since their existence, these churches have been worshiping under tarps or makeshift buildings. They are now rejoicing that they will have an actual church building to cover and protect from the sun and the rain.  The new church buildings will also stand as a sign to the villagers and everyone who sees, as the hand of God supplying their need!

The team spent their mornings and afternoons working alongside men and women from the local congregations carrying stones and bricks, shoveling dirt as well as sharing Bible stories and testimonies, enjoying games and activities with the children.  The joy of the Lord was in the air and the body of Christ was seen coming together as they taught/sang the children’s song, “Praise Ye the Lord”, (and even the brickmasons joined in) or were taught words in the Kinyerwanda language as they passed the stones.  Evenings were spent showing the “Jesus Film”. As the sun started to set, the people would begin arriving in anticipation. For most, watching a movie was a first-time experience, as electricity in homes is not common and you won’t find a movie theater nearby. By the time the movie began, the crowd had generally doubled and while some were seated, most were standing to be able to have a good view.  Just imagine the joy and blessing of watching as many accepted Christ as a result of seeing and hearing the gospel in their own language!  The Mobile Messengers were thrilled to know that the Jesus Film and equipment would be left behind so they can continue to share this experience with many others throughout Rwanda.

The perfect ending to our visit was observing the water baptism of new believers.  What an honor and thrill for the team to rejoice and celebrate together with their new brothers and sisters!

After returning home and having the opportunity to listen to the team speak from their heart about the experience, there was an overall theme from the group of feeling overjoyed and blessed to have been a part of what God is doing through our With Open Eyes Mobile Messengers in Rwanda.  One of the comments received after returning home was,

Being in Rwanda 19 years after the Genocide, one would never know this country or people had endured such terror and horror in their land and lives.The people greet you with the warmest smiles, biggest hugs, and have some of the most loving hearts that I’ve every encountered on this earth. I saw and felt Jesus’ redeeming love and presence so tangibly in Rwanda. Isaiah 61:3 penetrated my mind and heart every day during my time there, and it was as if I was seeing this verse lived out in front of my very eyes, because the Lord has truly given them, “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified.”

This team went in obedience to their call from the Lord to “Go” and to bless the people of Rwanda and work along side Mobile Messengers. Each member poured out graciously, giving all they could give without asking for anything in return.  In listening and observing them both in country and after returning home, I know that as hard as they worked, they will be blessed!  While we contine to hear great reports from the field as a result of their visit, we know some results will not be seen until we get to Heaven!  To God be the glory!

Sheri Sloan
With Open Eyes

March 2013 Mobile Messenger Reports

South Sudan

“I visited the Hospital and 2 people got saved. I also opened a church 25 miles away as demanded by two youth who got saved when I witnessed to them in the town there. I do go there on Tuesdays and Fridays to them. Now there are already five that are saved awaiting baptism.” – Mobile Messenger

“I made two days seminar. 120 people attended and 2 people gave their lives to Christ. It is really a great joy to us as Christians because God has given us this opportunity to win His people to Christ.” – Mobile Messenger

“A discipleship training was of great testimony in the life of the believers under the teaching. 30 people attended from three churches and three prayer centers. Though they were with challenges and struggle in life they have gain strength in the Lord. One of the most challenges was the discouragement, advice of going to witch doctor for healing especially those with no children and the sick. In their testimonies they talk of having a full commitment in the Lord Jesus despite the challenges they will remain to serve God.” – Mobile Messenger

       

Kenya

“Encouraged when I visited an elderly lady with an intention of helping her. I found her desperate and ill. She told me that the doctor advised her to be on special diet but she didn’t have the money to buy the diet. When I offered her my help she almost fainted in disbelief. She really glorified God that finally her prayers had been answered and that God had finally remembered her.” – Ministry Partner, S. Kenya

“It’s my joy when to see the work of God progress, though sometimes we face challenges like rejection but finally witness God’s power when souls are won for Christ.” – Mobile Messenger, S. Kenya

“I am currently covering more than 126km (78 miles) in ministry areas. Please pray for me and my team as we plan to hold a Women conference in April targeting all the ladies in the area.” – Mobile Messenger, S. Kenya
“I had a children camp this month with over 80 kids assemble for bible teachings and playing together and for child evangelism.” – Mobile Messenger, N. Kenya
“My ministry to young teenagers and high school students is doing very well. Next month I am planning a youth conference and rally.” – Mobile Messenger, N. Kenya
Below: Ministry Partner ministering to elderly widows in Kenya community
          
Rwanda
“I thank God for the success of my ministries in March. I focused in 5 villages. In each village we spent two days and we were able to minister to 750 men and women in all these villages.
We praise God for 120 men and women who surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I managed to minister in these villages thanks to the motorcycle I received from With Open Eyes. It took me at least 2 hours of motorcycle ride to reach each of the five villages. The rain was heavy, the roads slippery but the Lord was with me all through.” – Mobile Messenger, Rwanda
“My ministry focus area in March was to villages on the border of Congo DRC! There has been war in Congo DRC between government troops and rebel militia which led to the latter capturing a huge part of a Province of DRC. The village where I was ministering is close to Congo where you can hear guns explosion but this tragic situation could not stop our evangelism. Even though we were worried, there was no major incident. The situation has been stabilized and Christ is preached to all people.
We were able to minister to 640 people throughout all activities done in March. We will be doing follow up to ensure that all these efforts bear fruits. Our goal is to reach as many more people and villages as God enable us. We are committed to participate in God’s mission for the world through the church. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our ministries through WOE.” – Mobile Messenger, Rwanda 
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Above: Mobile Messengers receive new study bibles in their own language for use in sermon/teaching
Above: Beautiful children in Rwanda village

January 2013 Mobile Messenger Reports

Cities of Refuge Ministry Partner visiting a church plant in Mwingi, Kenya and joining the Mobile Messenger in helping with a child dedication service.

“I visited one of the Mobile Messengers in Kitui and specifically Ngekeka church where we had baptism of 17 individuals and open air crusades where 26 souls surrendered their lives to Christ!” – Ministry Partner, Cities of Refuge Ministries

“The man in the middle with red T-shirt before he confessed Jesus as his personal lord and savior, he gave a testimony of himself which humble me down, he said once he was arrested and tied, beaten and actually half way dead and thrown into prison but in the process his spirit went to God and God asked him why are you here please go back and do what I still want of you to do(assignment) this was the time I met him with the word of God and he  decided to give his life to Jesus. As you can see in the picture I presented them to the nearby church and welcome into the family of God, and from the picture you can see some of them where drunkards but he told them time for drinking is finished  today come to have rest.” – ALARM South Sudan, Mobile Messenger

“God was faithful in January 2013 as I ministered in 4 sectors of Muhanga District. We ministered one one one and conducted Gospel outreach campaigns in Mushishiro, Kibangu, Kiyumba and Rugendabari sectors. We were able to minister to 360 people throughout Muhanga and we thank God for 85 people who surrendered their lives to Christ through these campaigns. The month was busy and we thank God for His amazing love. We praise Him for protecting, guiding and sustaining us throughout the month of January 2013.

I thank God for WOE for providing a motorcycle for my ministry. I am reaching villages and homes and by the end of the day, I am accomplishing in one month what i used to accomplish in five months.” – Church of Faith Rwanda, Mobile Messenger

 

Final Day of Ministry in Kitui Kenya

The Women’s Ministry Team’s final day of scheduled ministry was in Kitui, Kenya. Their day started with Mobile Messengers – under a tree where their church first began. They  were warmly greeted by Mobile Messenger, Pastor Julius, and his family. They so generously gave the team their cooking wraps so they would  look just like the African Mamas in our their own kitchens! Check out the pictures from the day…they really tell the whole story.

Ministry Team Blessed in Rwanda

A Ministry Team from Central Church of God in Charlotte, NC was blessed to see Mobile Messengers in action and work alongside them during their mission trip in August. The team worked with Mobile Messengers to provide outreaches for children and adults all throughout communities and church plants. Our ministry partner in Rwanda and his team of Mobile Messengers were so appreciative to receive encouragement and support from Central’s team.

“We thank God for 80 people who gave lives to Christ and for those who will be making decisions soon. We as well had a campaign at Nyakiliba and we thank God for Central Church of God visitors from USA who joined us even though late in the evening. It was such a great time for encouragement. Thank you for partnering with us to win more people to Christ. We thank God for WOE for partnering us in this harvest field. Blessings, Mobile Messenger Simon”

“It was a blessing to see all the different people all throughout Rwanda and Congo to the South and seeing the Mobile Messengers in action.” – Team Member

“Love is a universal language.” -Team Member

Prayer Mountain Morning

Every Tuesday morning, a group of women prayer warriors from Namanga gather and start the hike up Prayer Mountain to spend time with the Lord. They praise God for all He is doing and has already done, cry out for their loved ones that still need to be in relationship with God, and lay the needs of the community at His feet. What’s even better, is they regularly take the children from Sunday School class up the mountain to teach the next generation about prayer and the importance of dedicating time to be with the Lord. What a blessing for the team to have the opportunity to join them this week!

April Updates from the Field

Southern Kenya

Mobile Messengers reported, “A seminar at the Maasai Church went very well with education, people’s souls renewed, healed and delivered and 2 people gave their live to Christ.”  Mobile Messengers are working on a plan for greater spiritual growth of the Maasai people and their church.

 

Northern Kenya

Mobile Messengers distribute food to widows.

A Mobile Messenger reported, “In April we had water baptisms in many locations and in particular in Ephrahim we baptized 28 people in the river. It was fun. Many village people are coming to our church because they have seen the consistency we have in teaching the Word of God and baptizing new believers.”

Another Mobile Messenger distributed relief food to widows in his church.

Below: Three Mobile Messengers continuing Biblical studies from West Pokot Bible School.

Rwanda

In April, Mobile Messengers organized an outreach to approximately 600 children in Kigali teaching and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. (Picture above)

Mobile Messengers and Church leaders joined all Rwandans during genocide commemoration services to share how faith in Jesus Christ has played an important role in the healing and reconciliation process.

Two Mobile Messengers serving across the border in an area of current insecurity in the Eastern Congo, are ministering to many people with great response to the message of Jesus Christ.

Mobile Messengers were honored to help plant two new churches in Kabyiniro and Gafunzo.

Below: Road conditions in remote areas during current rainy season.  


South SudanMobile Messengers and church leaders continued Youth training and discipleship in Wiroh parish, they are planning their next training in Amadi, mid-May for seven days.They have trained over 100 youth and have begun to deploy them to work in new local churches they have planted.  More bicycles are needed.Mobile Messengers have been making HIV/AIDs awareness a focus of teaching and are giving support to the community of those infected in some of the areas they have reached.

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