Healing, Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies
Our passion is to see Rwanda become a model of lasting peace, unity and light to the nations to the glory of God.
‘We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance (resilience), and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope’ (Romans 5:3-4).
In this time of confusion due to Covid 19, the different restrictions, the changes in instructions and limitations to what we can plan and accomplish, all of us have found ourselves into the school of resilience.
Most dictionaries define resilience literally as the capacity to stay under. Think of a huge stone placed on your head or a tree that has fallen on you and people taking too long to remove it. The image of Jesus at the cross comes vividly at my mind as the best picture of resilience.
Let us hope that staying at home, having to learn how to communicate through challenging technologies, teaching and not knowing how many people are listening, and all that we have ‘to stay under’ are producing resilience, character and hope.
In his latest book on Resilience, David Boan defines resilience as the readiness to crisis and capacity to heal from it.
I and Dr Suzi have developed an article we called ‘Pastor Covid.’ (you can find it in our resouirces section of the website unber DVDs & books)We are encouraging those in Christian ministries to embrace the culture of reflecting not only on current events but what God is saying and doing in us, around us and through us. We want to invite you to think of how we could have prepared for these times as we got news of a Pandemic coming our way. Let us reflect on how we responded and ask God to show us His opinion. Then come with us to reflect on the changes to come and what are the implications on ways to do ministry.
I invite all of us to read the article ‘Pastor Covid’ downloadable from Rabagirana Ministries Facebook.
One thing I know now, it is that there is one God, and that God is not me!
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.Learn More
Rabagirana TVET school
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.…
Meet our heroes
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.