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Our passion is to see Rwanda become a model of lasting peace, unity and light to the nations to the glory of God.

Fresh Manna

Christmas, I don’t feel like feasting!

 

Many are in state of confusion, discouragement and perplexity

‘I don’t see any reason for feasting’ thousands grumble

That how it was that night in Bethlehem and the surrounding villages

Joseph and Marry contemplating baby Jesus in a manger

No bells rang, no lights decorated trees and houses

Choirs did not show up well dressed for their best performance

None was in the mood, no one had a reason to feast

 

I wish I was there that night in the cold

I wish I could have joined in the angels’ song

I should have joined the Maggi to recognize the Lord of Lords

I should have come with gifts following the shepherds

Miserable me, guilty in need of your forgiveness

 

Some in lockdown, some in partial or to total reopening

Covid 19 is making her ravage, maybe life itself is an uncertain gift after all

Time alone, away from the noise of dancing and chanting

Maybe it is even better, maybe Christmas is about real life

The gift of eternal life in Jesus, a life in the light, a certain life with God

Jesus is the song, Jesus is the light, Jesus is the dance, Jesus is the hope

Jesus is Christmas, Christmas is Jesus

 

 

Blessed is me for this opportunity to celebrate baby Jesus

Gifts and word of kindness I can give in offering

I can still do something for you in the people around me

Kids in need of food and school material abound

Broken families thirst for healing and restoration

Widows and orphans call for care and love

Lost souls in chains of sin and pain hunger for freedom and hope

 

I feel like to celebrate Jesus now, the Jesus in you

 

Programs

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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What's Up

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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