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Partnership in Action
March 19, 2017
Seven years ago God spoke to our hearts that it was time for a change. At the time we weren't sure exactly what that change would look like. But a year later we were living in Rwanda as missionaries seeking ways to be a blessing to God's kingdom. One of the things that touched us deeply was the dedicated pastors who were struggling to build the kingdom while worshipping in mud churches, some of which were on the verge of collapse. As we labored and prayed, God gave us a vision we called ACE--Adopt a church - Change a village - Enlarge the kingdom. As we shared the vision, churches and individuals began partnering with us to make this a reality. And then last year, the PenFla (Peninsula Florida) District of the Assemblies of God took up the vision.
In the months of January and February we had the joy of conducting five crusades tied to new church dedications. When we go into these villages and dedicate these churches, there is an air of excitement, thanksgiving and anticipation. Local government officials come out to thank us for the investment. Neighboring pastors bring their choirs and the local people pack the building. There is singing, dancing and celebrating. And then when the pastor of that church tells his or her story about long years of struggling and countless hours of praying and sheds tears of thanksgiving, you know this is all a God-thing. Below Pastor Alphonse gives God thanks for the new church at Mutete and Pastor Jean Bosco kneels and gives God praise for answering the prayers of many years.
The scenes above are from the January-February crusades and dedications. None of this would be possible without partners who faithfully pray and give. We rejoice in what has been accomplished but there is still much work to be done.
In the last month three churches were ordered closed by government officials because of the danger of the churches collapsing. We are in the process of working with the pastors of these churches to partner with them to build permanent structures so they can continue reaching people with the gospel.