rwanda / africa

Spiritual Climate

Rwanda is a country of fast church growth and enthusiastic worship. Discipled leadership has not kept pace with this growth. In local churches, people are being fed a diet of heresy and false prophecy. Less than 20% of church leaders have studied the Bible or church leadership. In a country of deep social problems, the church has been too weak to be a force for social change and spiritual healing. The greatest need of the churches in Rwanda today is for discipled leaders.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Give praise for the commitment to reconcile and peace-build, to move on from the terrible past and toward a brighter future. The very fact that efforts are being made in a land with centuries of endemic ethnic tension, is cause for praise.
— Operation World

The religious scene of Rwanda has been reshaped by the 1990s. A country in which eighty percent call themselves Christian, yet allowed and perpetrated such atrocities, might have been Christianized, but it clearly was not converted.
— Operation World

More about Rwanda

A Couple Raw Facts


Orphan Illustration

Orphans from genocide, war and AIDS may number up to 900,000 – 30% of all Rwandan children. There are over 30,000 child-led households caring for 100,000. They are the most vulnerable to exploitation.

Leader Education Graphic

80% of the pastors in Rwanda are first generation Christians and have primary school education but no Bible training.

 

History & Future

Entered
1965

WorldVenture History in Rwanda

WorldVenture began work in Rwanda in the early 1960s. Church growth was tremendous from the mid 1970s until the late 1980s. However, in response to spiritual decline among church leadership, WorldVenture workers launched New Creation Ministries in 1992. The goal of this ministry is to provide in-service training to leaders of any evangelical church, including programs for lay leaders and small group discipleship. NCM is also helping the churches develop the vision and programs to disciple their children and youth.

Today &
Tomorrow

Rwanda Team Goals

The WorldVenture Team in Rwanda is establishing a bachelor's level training program for Christian leadership called CLIR - the Christian Leadership Institute of Rwanda. Their vision for the future also includes a counseling center for Christian leaders.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING

Here in Kigali, for four bucks I can get either: a huge plate of Rwandan food – beans, rice, plantains, and meat – more than I can eat or a cappuccino at a coffee bar that puts Starbucks to shame!
— Gary Scheer

COMMUNITY

Rwandans celebrate – big and looong! I’ve been at weddings with 500 attenders – and they feed them all. AND the traditions that they used to spread out over months, they do all in one day – so the day may start at 8AM and end at 1 in the morning. We groan when we get invited to weddings!
— Gary Scheer

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Rwanda is the most populated country in Africa. It was always hard to travel when the kids were young. When it was time for a break and snack or lunch, we’d stop in the midst of fields and trees, seemingly alone. But within 5 minutes there’d be a small crowd of people around the car, looking in the windows, wondering what interesting things we were eating and asking for some of it!
— Gary Scheer

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

We are often humbled by Rwandan hospitality. Some years ago two of us went to a rural church to hold a seminar. That night the whole family, Dad, Mom and 4 kids, moved out of their small adobe house to sleep in the adjoining cook shed so that we two teachers could have the whole house to ourselves!
— Gary Scheer


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

rwanda source:bbc - Google News
Rwanda's Kizito Mihigo and Cassien Ntamuhanga arrested - BBC News

BBC News

Rwanda's Kizito Mihigo and Cassien Ntamuhanga arrested
BBC News
BBC Great Lakes editor Ally Yusuf Mugenzi says Mr Mihigo used to be close to the governing Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and his arrest has come as a surprise to many Rwandans. President Paul Kagame came to power as the genocide ended.


Monday, April 14, 2014 11:24:09 AM

Rwanda genocide: UN ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon - BBC News

BBC News

Rwanda genocide: UN ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon
BBC News
Thousands of people packed the stadium, having queued for hours through the fog, reports the BBC's Charlotte Attwood from the scene. Many of them reacted with uncontrollable emotion to the stories, speeches and performances recalling the genocide, our ...


Monday, April 07, 2014 12:36:28 AM

The Rwanda photographs that reunited families - BBC News (blog)

The Rwanda photographs that reunited families
BBC News (blog)
Throughout my years at the BBC I have watched photographs arrive on the news wires from all parts of the globe, many depicting the latest conflict, natural disaster or refugee crisis. The images are often distressing and stick in the mind, yet the ...


Friday, April 04, 2014 5:22:20 PM

Patrick Karegeya: Mysterious death of a Rwandan exile - BBC News

BBC News

Patrick Karegeya: Mysterious death of a Rwandan exile
BBC News
A murdered former Rwandan intelligence chief was advising South African and Tanzanian intelligence as they prepared to send troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo to battle the Rwandan-backed rebel group M23, BBC Newsnight has learned.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:32:23 PM

Rwanda: From ministers to exiles - BBC News

BBC News

Rwanda: From ministers to exiles
BBC News
To date, the Arusha-based court has tried more than 70 people, and found 14 of them not guilty. Though they have been cleared, they have nowhere to go. It is the first time they have spoken to any media since being indicted in the 1990s. The BBC's Anne ...


Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:02:08 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
NCM Promoter and Fund-Raiser 2 Years4 YearsAfricaRwandaA U.S. based position that would allow you to help establish a solid financial base for New Creation Ministries (NCM).To promote among churches and individuals in the United States, the vision and work of New Creation Ministries (NCM) in Rwanda, in order to develop a solid financial base for its operation. Trips to Rwanda to gain first-hand knowledge of Rwanda and NCM, taking pictures and video. Hosting fundraising visits by WorldVenture and NCM team to the States to promote NCM. Gifting and experience in fund-raising. A love for the discipleship ministry of NCM and appreciation of its creative, crucial and unique ministry in Rwanda. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities.1029
Vision Trip to Rwanda1 Week1 MonthAfricaRwandaExplore long-term ministry through visiting, asking questions, praying and learning about ministry. Length of visit is 1 week to 1 month. Explore ministry opportunities, ask lots of questions, learn about possibilities, see if you could live in this country, see if you mesh with the team, pray and ask God if He is calling you to join us. Ask God to show you and us that we should work together for His kingdom. Significant interest in filling one of our long-term ministry opportunities or in joining us to help us to fulfill our strategic plan or agreement from us that your ministry interest could fit within our team and country. Reasonably qualified in the opinion of a mission coach to be appointed long-term within a reasonable amount of time by WorldVenture, mutually agreeable time frame. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. 1362
Teacher/Discipler of Church Leaders4 YearsLifetimeAfricaRwandaRwanda has many churches. Nearly all of them are pastored by Rwandese. But 80% of them have no Bible training at all. The church is in desperate need of discipleship at all levels. You would be joining a team of missionaries and nationals who are committed to deepening the spiritual depth of the church in Rwanda and preparing the leadership of the next generation.After language learning -- teach and disciple! Study Kinyarwanda for 2 years. Develop teaching materials fresh for the Rwandese situation and culture. Teach for practicality and the development of character. Teach to develop their ability to think critically and problem solve. Develop relationships with the students, visiting them in their homes which are in all parts of Rwanda. A Masters degree from an evangelical seminary. Training and reading in cross-cultural communication and being a change agent. Gifted as a teacher. Burden for discipleship. Resilient and adaptable personality. Strong devotional life. Conviction that God wants you in Rwanda with NCM. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. The WV team will be your prime base for spiritual and physical and social support in the early years before language and cultural fluency. However, we expect you will grow into partnerships with Rwandese in mutual discipling relationships. Rwanda is not an easy place to live, thus the stress above on knowing that God wants you in Rwanda with NCM. 1454
old-Website & Internet Specialist1 YearLifetimeAfricaRwandaThe Internet can be a great asset for training and supplying materials to church leaders in Rwanda. Little is being done in Rwanda for Rwanda in this area – this is cutting edge! Following language and culture study, lead the effort to develop, maintain and promote a website that will serve as a tool for disseminating helpful resources for the cultivation and discipleshp of church leaders. Very little is being done to disseminate evangelical materials, and yet Rwanda is emerging as an IT hub in East and Central Africa. The possbilities for utilizing the Internet as a tool for discipleship and spreading solid materials are limitless. Training and experience in: Settting up websites, on-line training modules, forums and blogs, Creative. Self-motivating and takes initiative. Interacts well with other people. Team player. Ability to adapt to the lower level of technology and computer savvy of the African situation. Resilient and adaptable personality. Strong devotional life. Conviction that God wants you in Rwanda with NCM. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. 1455
Bible College Teacher / Discipler2 YearsLifetimeAfricaRwandaRwanda is at a historically critical moment. Being internationally recognized as the leading example of post-war development, ministries in Rwanda have a unique opportunity to prepare for the church in Rwanda leadership that will speak with a Christian voice toward the future of the church and the country. New Creation Ministries (NCM) has an incredible track-record of discipling church leaders using non-traditional methods. And, in light of development within the country, NCM is beginning a Bible college to strategically train Christian leaders at the bachelors degree level.After language and cultural orientation, teach within NCM’s dicipleship programs, current and future. Mentor and disciple NCM students both in relationship and in ministry. Use gifts and talents to contribute to the growth, direction and health of NCM’s ministries. Masters degree in Bible, theology, divinity or related field. Ability to serve as a team-player. Resilient and adaptable personality. Able to minister “out of the box” (i.e. in non-traditional ways). Strong devotional life. Conviction that God wants you in Rwanda with New Creation Ministries. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. 1457
English Language Teacher (ESL)6 Months4 YearsAfricaRwandaServe within New Creation Ministry’s ESL program as a teacher, providing Rwandese Christian leaderss the invaluable opportunity to improve their capacity to lead the church in Rwanda as well as to prepare themselves for theological study. Length of service is 6 months to 4 years.After language and cultural orientation teach English within existing NCM ESL ministries. Assist in vision casting and development of relevant ESL ministries within NCM. Ultimately use teaching English as a medium to disciple Rwandese believers. Certification in TESL. Ability to serve as a team-player. Resilient and adaptable personality. Strong devotional life. Conviction that God wants you in Rwanda with New Creation Ministries. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. 1458
Children & Youth Worker4 YearsLifetimeAfricaRwandaWork with a Rwandan partner to promote and further develop the program for discipling children and youth in the churches of Rwanda, including teaching children and teachers of children within churches. Learn the Kinyarwanda language. Work with a team of staff and volunteers to develop programs in a wide variety of Rwandan churches to win children and youth to Christ and disciple them in Him. This would involve: 1) Evaluating existing programs 2) Training and counseling children and youth workers in the churches 3) Developing a network of those working in this type of ministry in Rwanda 4) Developing resources At least a BA in Bible. Courses in children's and youth work (and possibly curriculum development) Experience in these areas. Creativity. Self-motivating. Takes initiative. Interacts well with other people. Team player. Ability to adapt to the lower level of technology and computer savvy of the African situation. Resilient and adaptable personality. Strong devotional life. Conviction that God wants you in Rwanda with NCM. The WorldVenture missionaries in Rwanda work as a team; the candidate must be willing to work under the leadership of the team and within the context of its benefits and responsibilities. 1486
MK / International School Faculty and Staff1 YearLifetimeAfricaRwandaWork with Kigali International Community School (www.kicsrw.org), teaching and leading missionary children, Rwandan children, and others from dozens of nations. The school is fully accredited by ACSI and MSA. The school was created to help support missionaries and their children and is home to students from over 15 nations, including Rwanda. The school uses mainly American curriculum and limits class size to 16 students. Housing and compensation are provided, but partial support raising is necessary. Do you have a heart for children? Are you a good problem solver and team player? Are you interested in working with an international team? Consider serving with WorldVenture in Rwanda! For more information check out http://www.kicsrw.org/Home.htm. Current openings are: Elementary: Teachers for 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Elementary Instructional Coordinator; Middle School: Social Studies; High School: Math; Staff: ChaplainBachelor's Degree, Teaching Certification; Previous experience preferred but not required. 1743

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Projects

Missionary Team


Gary & Barbara Bennett

Serving in church development, leadership training and developing a children’s music ministry in Rwanda


Dan & Rachel Janzen

Serving through Leadership Training in Rwanda


Nick & Krystal Pirolo

New Appointee to serve at New Creation Ministries in Rwanda


Tim & Jessica Brubaker

Training and discipling Christian leaders in Rwanda


Gary & Laurie Scheer

Serving with WorldVenture in Rwanda


Eric Flaa

Appointee to serve with New Creation Ministries in Rwanda


Greg & Tori Finley

Training Rwandan pastors to be spiritually and intellectually like Jesus.


Lance & Tiffany & Tiffany Ferguson

Equipping pastors with a strong Biblical and theological foundation.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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