Jesus Loves the Little Children
One of the first songs we learned in Sunday School was, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world--red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight..." Living in Rwanda helps one understand just why Jesus truly loves the children of the world. Everywhere we go we are greeted by children who want to touch and be touched by the "muzungu" (white person). Here are some of their photos.
Church Buildings that Collapse
The quickest and easiest way to build churches in Rwanda is with sticks and mud. However, those buildings over time fall victim to the elements. The question is never, "Will these churches collapse?" The question is, "How long will it take before the building collapses?" Below are some of the churches where we have ministered.
Pictorial Look at Recent Rwandan Visit
At the end of January, Pastor Ted Miller, Mike Darrah and I traveled to Rwanda to dedicate two churches. We first traveled to the North to the village of Rusasa where the former mud church had been condemned as unsafe. The same was true of Nyaruteja in the south where some of the members had been arrested for meeting in the condemned building. It was a great trip that was truly blessed of the Lord.
Water Baptism at Lake Sake
Water baptism at the local lake drew many interested spectators--many who never go to church. Before the baptism service, I preached a message on the cross and several people responded to kneel at the cross. One of those was an older gentleman who then expressed his desire to be baptized. It was my joy to baptize him that day. After baptism we returned to the church for worship, preaching, communion and baby dedications.
Salvation BraceletsEvery child received was presented the salvation plan and received a bracelet to remind them.
Mbare ChildrenAt the announced time there was not one child present but soon they came walking from all directions.
Church KitchenOn dedication day, the church members cooked food for everyone in this African kitchen.
Marching from Old ChurchThe choir led everyone from the old mud church which is on the verge of collapsing.
We had the joy of traveling to the eastern province of Umutara where we conducted a three day outreach culminating with the dedication of the new church at Mbare. Local officials had been warning the pastor for some time that his mud church posed a danger to the people and he had to do something. By faith the pastor and people put in a footing for a new church and prayed. Thanks to partners in the states, the new church was built and dedicated on January 15.
New Churches: Planning, Building and Completing.
One of the joys we have is traveling to various locations and discussing with pastors, leaders and builders the prospect of constructing new churches. Throughout Rwanda pastors face challenges ranging from no building to crumbling mud structures. In some places government leaders have shuttered church doors because of the danger the buildings pose. The second week of January, 2017 we took a road trip to see the challenges at two sites and the successful completion of a church at another.