Please pray for The Bethany Children's Trust's partner project in Rwanda. The team are mobilising local churches to reach and serve children with disabilities. 70 church leaders have now received training, in Nyamata alone. It is wonderful to see these churches taking the initiative in caring for disabled children, including providing food supplies and paying for medical insurance. Pray that more churches will catch this vision and that vulnerable children's lives will change as a result.
Our local partner's work in tackling child abuse, through the ‘Touch Talk’ resource, is developing apace. In the last quarter, the team have circulated the resource to four churches in Bukora, and trained twelve volunteers in how to use it to help children recognise and report abuse. Pray that these volunteers will go on to train many others, including Sunday School teachers, creating a chain reaction that will bring marked reductions in abusive behaviour.'
Nancy Lambrechts helps to teach and train women on the ‘Preach the Word’ training course in Rwanda. She says she often meets women who feel ill equipped to disciple or teach other women. Women have many unique opportunities to lead each other to the feet of Jesus, so pray that the work she does would encourage women and give them the confidence they need to draw others to listen to Jesus’ words.
CMS Timothy mission partner Manasseh Tuyizere is the youth coordinator for Kigali diocese. He is settling back into ministry after spending a year at All Nations Christian College in the UK. He and his team have a regular ministry in schools and colleges, empowering young people to be leaders in their communities. Pray for him as he also takes up a new role as mission and training coordinator. Pray also for his marriage to Catrin; they met at All Nations.
Victoria volunteers her time to be a wise voice within her community on issues of child protection, family, succession, and land rights and responsibilities. She is one of several paralegals who offer legal advice and education sessions within their communities. At a recent session, over 90 women attended, most of whom were experiencing violence, tension, and abuse within their family home. Pray for this lifeline that provides practical legal advice, mediation and support for those affected, and an opportunity to demonstrate God’s heart for justice.
Lawyers for Hope, supported by LCF (UK), recognise that building the next generation of lawyers strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and committed to applying this through their legal practice is key. Through regular fellowship meetings, law students are encouraged to gather and engage with the Bible, seeking to understand God’s call on their life and His heart for justice. Give thanks for these young people seeking to live out their faith and stand up for God’s principles within their legal structures.
In Rwanda, many children are not registered at birth, which prevents them in later life from accessing state welfare, employment, owning land and makes them targets for abuse and exploitation. Through education and hands-on training of local officials, local Christian lawyers from Lawyers of Hope have been able to increase birth registration rates and encourage regular community engagement to ensure this continues. Give thanks for the local lawyers who provide this access to justice ministry, and pray that God’s heart for mercy and justice would be ever more evident.
Give thanks that local churches in Rwanda are grasping the nettle and helping to care for those in their community living with HIV. Aprecom, a ministry providing material, social and spiritual support to people living with HIV, has been connecting with church pastors - a group it sees as having particular potential to bring about change. Churches are now starting to visit people with HIV when they are sick as well as providing much-needed practical and financial support.
Mwirute is a small Rwandan town set among green, rolling hills, about an hour’s drive from Kigali along a dirt road. Most people who live there are very poor, scratching a living on small subsistence farms. Many are illiterate. The school, Nyarusave, it is attended by more than 1,000 children of primary and secondary school age, but has only 16 teachers. It’s in this environment that the local church is reaching out to younger members of the congregation through its Sunday school. As the children learn Bible stories and worship together, their enthusiasm draws other children nearby to watch and listen. However, although some have scripture story booklets, very few of the children have Bibles of their own. Pray that more people will step forward as teachers in school and in Sunday school, to encourage the children’s love of learning and their hunger to know more about God.
Population: 11,262,564 (2015)
Official languages: Kinyarwanda, French, English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $2,090 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 55 years
Religions: 56% Catholic, 36% Protestant, 5% Muslim, 2% Atheist or Agnostic, 1% other religions