Sunday morning began with delicious Rwandan Coffee and the sound of worship across the street. By God’s grace my eight page sermon on courage became a few simple phrases paper clipped to the pages of Judges in my Bible. Pastor Theophile transported us in a well used Toyota SUV across Kigali to his home church, Zarephath. Our hearts were filled with joy hearing the singing of the saints as we climbed up the rough dirt hill approaching the church building. Pastor Theophile took us into his office and we prayed, the tears began to flow as I considered how Great is our God!
Only those who love to dance, clap, and sing should enter this worship service. I finally found a praise time my wife Marie would truly love except for all words were Kinyarwanda. Associate Pastor Gerard spoke first, then Pastor Theophlie, then Frank, then me, then Gerard, then Theophile. This 4 hour service involved 3 choirs, several keyboards, dance, testimonies, offerings, and much prayer.
We walked to the building site for the new church building and prayed to God for the $150,000 needed to complete the work begun. Many bricks have already been made for this new place of worship located in the heart of the city surrounded by new and older homes.
After a late lunch we returned to the house for final preparation of a week of teaching. The first of the preachers began to arrive at 4 pm from distant regions of Rwanda and soon seven more followed. Frank welcomes each one by name as they come though the steel gate and the laughter fills the colonnade porch. Beds are spread throughout the house for each weary traveler and the evening meal is now prepared. Pray for God’s Word to overcome all barriers of communication and for these preachers to grow in grace and truth.
Grace and Peace – Bob paddock