Kiziba Camp, located in the Karongi district in western Rwanda, is the oldest refugee camp in the country. Back in October, Theophile and I received the invitation to teach church leaders from every church in Kiziba Camp. However, must get permission to go into the camp. Rwanda Challenge was approved and on Thursday and Friday we began our relationship with the church leaders of Kiziba Camp. Originally, we were discussing twenty church leaders (one per local church). Then the number grew to sixty. At one point on Thursday I counted seventy-seven leaders.
These leaders have a renewed (and new) vision of God’s purpose for His Church in the Kiziba Camp. They have an increased commitment to the unity of God’s Church and new strategies to advance God’s Kingdom in their neighborhood. God blessed our two days together and these leaders are hopeful that we will return and teach them again in the future.
On Friday afternoon, we showed “The Passion of the Christ” for the church leaders in the Kiziba Camp. The number grew to over one hundred leaders from the twenty churches. This was the third showing of the movie on this trip. The response has been very similar each time. In the Kiziba Camp there was crying, deep sobbing, “Hallelujah’s,” praying, and expressions of personal repentance. It is amazing to experience what God is doing among these church leaders in Rwanda. I count it a great privilege to be able to share in God’s activity here in Rwanda.