PROJECTS

Enable Rabagirana to become a resource center for reconciliation and intercultural studies (CRIS) through offering finances or skilled labor.

Rabagirana has been gathering resources that can help practitioners, students and visitors who are interested in reconciliation. These resources include DVDs of different approaches used by different organizations, booklets, a full database with organizations involved in reconciliation, books, testimonies that can be visualized, symbols of peace and reconciliation, and items with peace and reconciliation messages.

We have now included a section on inter-cultural studies to encourage appreciation of diversity. In Rwanda we have many multi-racial teams that needs to understand key principles of harmony of relationships across our differences. The center too will have books on intercultural interaction. We will also have drawings and symbols representing historical and cultural distinctiveness of large groupings and displaying facts of history that affects our present day understanding of those who are different.

For those who want to help:

• You can provide a financial contribution for transport, accommodation and equipment for university students who do research, collect data and testimonies, conduct surveys and write essays.

• You can contribute financially to purchase computers, screens, software as well as needs isolated cabins for 2 to 4 people who can interact with the material in their learning.

• You can contribute with skilled labor in the area of IT, design, photography/video, building decoration or arts as we will be permanently upgrading, improving and increasing the range of our products.

Sponsor 1 peace practitioner to attend the International School of Reconciliation in February 2020.

Rwanda has a message for the other nations: forgiveness is possible! After being invited to train teams, speak in conferences or media and share the ‘Rwandan experience,’ Dr Rhiannon and Joseph have found themselves running all over the world and found it ineffective and unwise to continue. They came up with the idea of the International School of Reconciliation, a 3-Week Course that include the Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (now Healing Hearts Transforming Nations (HHTN)), the training that enables one to teach the material or use it in different formats, a practicum and outreach to the community. Participants are encouraged and coached to repackage the message according to their context.

So far, we have conducted 5 schools and participants have come up with reconciliation initiatives in more than 20 nations. In our attempts to keep the standard high, we have reduced the main ‘campuses’ to 3:

1. The 20 Day International School of Reconciliation (ISOR) happens once in 2 years in Kigali.

2. The 10 Day French School Ecole Internationale de Reconciliation an Afrique (EIRA) happens 1 in every year in Abidjan in partnership with AGIR.

3. 1/year Russian speaking School in Ukraine in partnership with Resonate International.

Prepare inmates for community reintegration through our Ndi Mushya (I am new) outreach to prison programs.

Prison can be a great opportunity for God to work in someone’s life. In partnership with Rwanda Correctional Services, Rabagirana Ministries has helped thousands to find healing. Some of the young people were incarcerated for the third or fourth time for the same crime. After attending healing and reconciliation workshops, most discovered the reasons behind their problems. Some testified they were waiting to go out and ‘do it again,’ but renounced. Many realized their presence in prison has something to do with the genocide, directly or indirectly. Rabagirana trained some inmates to lead the process of healing and reconciliation. 2 groups have been formed ‘Ababibyi b’urukundo’ (Sowers of love) male and female. Some of them with artistic skills turned the topics of love, unity, repentance and forgiveness into crafts, paintings and songs.

Support:

• Financial support for the purchase of materials for sports, crafts and incentives for trainers.

• Transport and logistical support for those who go to their village to ask forgiveness.

• Provide Bibles and school materials to churches and schools.

• Clothes and other much needed items for the most destitute.

Special thanks to:

We deeply honor Dr Rhiannon Lloyd who obeyed the calling from God to come to Rwanda very few weeks after the genocide without any pre-planned approach but to mourn and seek God with the Church of Rwanda for the way forward, for being an instrument of peace (Matthew 5:9) in God’s hand. Through this dear Sister, God brought healing to many.

Our gratitude goes to all the Rwandans who received the message of healing and reconciliation, and accepted the call from our Lord Jesus, the first Reconciler (Ephesians 2:14-18), to take the message to their families, churches and communities.

We cannot say thanks enough to Mercy Ministries International International for faithful support and continuous capacity building to our teams. Without you, this ministry would have not expanded this far.

We thank all the friends, partners, prayer supporters and groups involved in the work of healing and holistic transformation in Rwanda, the region and the nations.

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