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The biggest trouble (Genesis 4: 13-16).

As I am going through my normal fast reading of the book of Genesis, I had to stop. I was pulled back by the tough bargaining Cain has with God after his punishment was announced. According to his own words, 4 troubles will happen to him:

  1. He will be cut off the face of God;
  2. The polluted land will give him almost nothing;
  3. He will live in fear and emotional pain or guilt;
  4. Anyone who will see him will kill him;

These 4 terrible things made me think of anyone who has sinned against God. All sinners deserve all of these. Thanks to God who provided a sacrifice of His Son Jesus for our redemption (Romans 3:23-24).

Though the plan of redemption was revealed with the coming of Jesus, I am still surprised that the only thing that made Cain feared was punishment number 4. He pleaded with God to remove such a terrible outcome, that he strangely the same as what he did to his brother Abel. When the pronouncement number 4 was canceled, by God putting a mark on him stating that whoever will kill him will fall under God’s wrath, ‘Cain departed from the Lord’s presence, and lived in the land of Nod, East of Eden’ (Genesis 4:16).

This man reminded me that man feared consequences of their wrong choices and cand go to some extent to present apologize and mend their horizontal interactions. Rarely do we realize the pain we inflicted on God our creator, redeemer and lover, and we end up thinking living cut off his face is quite acceptable!

I reflected on my life before meeting and welcoming Jesus in my life in 1989 and can’t even remember how I could survive difficult moments in my troubled young age. Even without crisis, the meaninglessness was unbearable.

Today, after many years of living ‘with a pass into God’s presence,’ which I forget sometimes, I remember times of pain, fear and guilt when I had to rush in God’s presence and just ‘be with God.’ What a precious gift to all the Cain who only fear consequences and don’t remember that when we exclude God, we have no life.

Life lived without/away from God is no life!

Pastor Joseph Nyamutera

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Healing and Reconciliation

Powerful healing and reconciliation workshops, leading participants through carefully structured material, have helped many people to face and express their pain, and to move into a restore hope and reconciliation with their neighbour.

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Community Development

For Rabagirana Ministries, Community Development was the result of people getting healed, finding hope for a prosperous tomorrow and seeking to rebuild their lives together and thus being a witness of a new found unity in their community. In the 1999, after a difficult but very successful workshop between families of perpetrators and victims, we were shocked during a follow up meeting to find that they decided to ‘stick together’ to help each other.

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Leadership Development

Peace has a lot to do with leadership and governance. The genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 in Rwanda and civil unrest in many countries are the result of self and partisan political leadership. We are also aware that the church is called to show the way in the understanding and practice of leadership. RM has embarked on teaching Christian leaders to embrace servant leadership as Jesus exemplified and taught (Matthew 20:28).

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Ubumwe Art Shop

Ubumwe Art Shop Where do we get our products? Since one of our fundamental reasons for existence is to spread hope to the hopeless, Ubumwe art shop chose to work with the less fortunate, We are working with cooperatives made up of inmates, genocide survivors and perpetrators and the disabled. The goal is spread the…

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Healing and Reconciliation

The journey had been long, but the opportunity finally presented itself. Eliya, a genocide perpetrator, was finally being welcomed back to the community. Families and community members all gathered together to witness this rare occasion, 24years after the genocide. But where did it all start? Ten years ago, Eliya got an invitation to attend a Healing and Reconciliation workshop. It is here that he met Gaston, a man who had miraculously survived a gruesome beating (they used a club full of nails, and damped his body in a ditch) by a perpetrator, a man who had lost over 70members of his extended family to the genocide, and a man who recognized Eliya as the culprit who killed 9members of his wife’s family, in that same period. It was here that Eliya saw Gaston, and it broke his heart. All he could do was fall on his knees, and earnestly ask for forgiveness. Through the Lord’s conviction, Gaston embraced him and forgave him. Gaston later on played the significant role of mediating the reconciliation of Eliya, first with his wife, and later on with his wife’s sister, Denise. Prior to their reconciliation and forgiveness, the thought and sight of Eliya disgusted Denise. She hated him for what he had done to her family. The hate was so extreme to the extent that she didn’t want to fellowship with Eliya in the same church! However, all that is in the past now. Recently a ceremony was organized to welcome Eliya back to the community. A ‘cow of forgiveness’ was awarded to Denise’s mother, to mark a fresh start between the two families.

Community Development

Eugene Twagirimana I am a healing and community development facilitator since 2015. I grew up in village in a family of 9 children who lost their father 1994. since then, life has been very difficult . poverty, hunger, lack of school fees , lack of fatherhood affection is part of what he have lacked in my early child hood. Through well born child initiative of which I am a founder, we are assuring children and youths to have a better future through Education, development , child rights and advocacy programs in Mbabe and Rusheshe remote community. in partnership with local community members , 145 children have accessed good early childhood education in last 3 years , while 50 parents have benefited from parenting teachings ,10 children from single mothers and very poor families have got Goats to support in their future Education when they go to primary school After finishing in Wellborn child nursery school. I and my wife dedicated our weekly Saturday to the community children clubs at well born center , whereby children shall receive love , care, dignity and values that is scarce in their families.

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