How we work in Rwanda - an example

Rabagirana Ministries (RM) launched its activities in 2015 and was officially recognized in 2016, in an effort to render sustainable peace and reconciliation effort started in 1994 to deal with the tragic consequences of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994.. Different organizations have adopted the ‘Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC)’, first designed by Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd, then contextualized by different groups so far and through workshop, conferences, mediatized messages and sharing of testimonies, millions have found healing, forgiveness and reconciliation both at family and community levels.

In 1997, God spoke to our small team that darkness will cover the earth, and that Rwanda should arise and shine because nations will come to her light (Isaiah 60:1-3). Rwanda has seen miracles of healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, and experienced peace and stability and God fulfilled his promises by turning the testimony of change from a nation that has suffered the worst genocide into a ‘School of Reconciliation.’ So far, teams have gone from Rwanda to many nations that have experienced conflict to share lessons learnt through the journey of national recovery. Currently more than 4 million have been reached with the message and of healing and reconciliation, and more than 50,000 Christian leaders have been trained substantially and many of them are spreading the message of reconciliation in their churches and communities.

Healing and Forgiveness are strengthened when victims are helped to deal with their losses in practical way. It has become common practice that the groups that go the Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict together form solidarity groups, become partners in finding solutions to their common challenges but also to the challenges of their community.

 

Some groups have formed cooperative, learn skills like soap making and do small businesses. Some have decided to form an association that help one another digging farms for the most vulnerable, raising chicken and sell eggs, or helping their community to reduce the use of fire woods by building improved stoves. The younger groups formed sport or drama teams that took messages of hope and forgiveness into their community.

In these particular pictures, we took a group of 40 Kenyans who have gone through the HWEC to fix a kitchen for a genocide survivor. The recipient of that act said:

 

"I had more than 30 members in my extended family, if they were alive they could be the people to give me a sense of belonging and all the help I could  need. I am the only survivor. All of you being in this compound is evidence that God has given me friends. Rabagirana ministries has acted as a family and now they brought you to give a hand as my new extended family." 

 

Some of the people around are bishops who are not expected to do this kind of work. They committed to do the same in Kibera, which is a very poor slums in Nairobi. 

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