We just completed a week in Rwanda where we dedicated two new churches, visited with pastors, missionaries and church leaders and made plans to help a precious pastor whose church was severely damaged by recent rains. One of the most important challenges facing our pastors in Rwanda is the need for permanent buildings that the rains and weather cannot destroy. Here are the stories of three such churches.
When we first visited Rusasa a few months ago, we could not meet inside the building because it had been condemned as being unsafe for people. Although it was the rainy season, Shirley and I were
blessed with a rainless Sunday morning that enabled her to teach and me to preach and see people experience the life change that comes through faith in Jesus. I will add that when we returned this past week, the young man standing behind me during this invitation was at the church testifying of his life change.
New Church Brings New Hope
The occasion of our return to Rusasa was to dedicate a new church built with funds provided by Pastor Ted Miller and the people of Crossroads Church in Oklahoma City. It seemed that the entire village turned out for the dedication with a packed church and many others standing outside looking in.
From Rusasa in the north, we headed to the Southern District to dedicate the church in Nyaruteja. This was another church that had been condemned as unsafe and the pastor and some of the members had been arrested for meeting there. As a result, many people had left the church and the young pastor and his wife were very discouraged. However, thanks once again to Crossroads Church, we were able to celebrate the dedication of a new church in Nyaruteja.
Before leaving Rwanda we were able to visit the village of Ndama and witness first-hand another serious challenge for a wonderful pastor and her church. Pastor Flora is a dedicated pastor who has built a strong church in a small village. On Sunday more than 100 adults meet along with an equal number of children. However, two weeks ago the rains wreaked havoc on her decaying mud church.
As we visited the site, Pastor Flora showed us the foundation the church had begun last August. They have been praying that God would provide a partner. As we toured the site with Pastor Miller and Mike Darrah, we all understood the sense of urgency for this project. Before leaving the site, Pastor Miller committed to providing the funds to build a new church on the footing the people had built in faith. When Pastor Flora heard this news, she was overjoyed and praised the Lord for His provision.
The new footing was established in August of 2015 as the congregation looked to God for help to complete the building. We still have 100 churches that are in need of permanent buildings but we praise God for every victory.
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