After the morning service we visited the property the new church has already purchased. The seller required that they purchase a larger piece than they were able to pay afford. So, they will buy the remaining section at a later date. Next, we went to Nicodem’s home where the church ladies had prepared lunch. Then we shared thanksgivings, blessings, and prayers. Miriam thought the congregation was very organized to be so young. I am excited about this new church.
On Monday, Gene and I began to teach “A Study of Acts” (reviewing the introduction and chapters 1-3). By Friday morning we had studied in some depth through chapter eleven. However, as we shared the week, we discovered on organization is pushing the homosexual agenda in Rwanda. Some church leaders attended a retreat and were disturbed and confused about the teachings being presented. Gene and I created a presentation on the key passages from the Bible on the homosexual issue that we shared Friday morning. The church leaders were very thankful for the guidance.
Manchester Christian Church (NH) has had several teams in Rwanda for a week. Rwanda Challenge was able to share our rented house (where we eat, sleep, and teach) with the MCC medical team for a temporary clinic. This meant all the church leaders had their blood pressure checked, get glasses, and see the doctor if needed. I was amazed with the excellent blood pressure numbers of just about every church leader (must be all the walking). But one of my Rwandan church leader friends has dangerously high blood pressure. The doctor was able to put him on medication.
I am thankful for a great week God has blessed us with.