The Lord has been good to Rwanda and to his Church: Bishop Louis’ message

Last August, Rwandans went to the polls. We praise God for the tranquility and peaceful moments we enjoyed, which demonstrate hope for a brighter future. New plans to develop the country are underway as part of the Vision 2020, government development program launched in 2000. Its main objective is transforming the country into a knowledge-based middle-income country, thereby reducing poverty.

As a result, we see skyscrapers coming up, new infrastructure and universities, technological advancement put in place (roads, a new airport, etc.), despite the bigger majority of the population still living under the line of poverty. We thank God for the healing we also see around and growth.

However, the Church of Christ is now faced with both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. We now see the importance of planning long term and embracing the new missiological opportunities coming our way, and hence preaching and discipling communities without compromise.

The Anglican Diocese of Kigali has in the past focused its efforts on reconciliation and healing of the Churches and communities.  It now has two new priorities, namely to raise a generation of church passionate leaders who are theologically trained, as opposed to the aftermath of the genocide when lay volunteers were simply ordained to take leadership of then struggling but numerically growing parishes left vacant by pastors killed or exiled during the 1994 genocide.  Secondly, our Diocese is increasingly becoming urbanised, we are confronted not only with change of mindset but also government rules to adhere to when upgrading our church buildings and planting new churches, in a now more expensive city.

Our new strategic orientation launched this year will help us to be relevant to our fast socially changing nation hence, by strengthening the Church to achieve its God given mission. Efforts will be made to make available discipleship and training materials; as well as equipping key strategic teams for their evangelistic outreach activities.