Derek’s Postcard from Kigali

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The last time I was here – in August 2014 for the Rwanda Universities Mission – I expected to be, well, the last time I would be here.  We (in GoodWORD) felt that our work in Rwanda was done.  That does not mean that there was nothing left to do.  It is simply that our task is to model truly biblical evangelism with a clear message in a way that enables the church to fulfill Jesus command to “make disciples”.  Everything we had done was ‘reproducible’ by the local church and the training courses were entrusted to Rwandan evangelists who could use and teach them.

It is all based around Paul’s instruction to Timothy; ” the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

So why am I back?  African Enterprise is continuing with its plan to hold an in-depth evangelistic mission in a major city each year.  Over twelve years, they will cover every region of the country.  This year Kigali, the capital, is the focus.  Their partner for this mission is ‘Shine in the World Ministries’ which is led by Sammy Wanyonyi.  He is a Kenyan evangelist who is now based in the United States.  He is leading very effective missions throughout Africa and in other countries.  Sammy is building a strong team of people for the preparation, organisation and follow-up of their evangelistic work. 
Sammy Wanyonyi (left) with Emmanuel Kwizera (right)

With our permission, Shine are going to use the strategy for preparation and follow-up of evangelism, based around the Training of Trainers course and the Disciples books that GoodWORD has developed.  In future, they will produce the books under the name of their own mission and their staff will teach the course in each country they go to.

So I am back here one more time.  I will teach the Training of Trainers course to the Kigali Church leaders.  They will then teach the preparation course, Being Disciples in their own churches and train their people to lead the New Disciples follow-up Bible study groups and the Growing Disciples follow-on discipleship course.  (The training starts tomorrow, Wednesday 25 May and runs for three days.)

While I teach the course, I will also teach some of the Shine team to lead the course in the future.  This should lead to the course being taught and the books being used in countries I may not ever go to.  I find that idea very exciting.

While I am in Rwanda and writing about it, I must also mention Emmanuel Kwizera.  He was the Missions Director of African Evangelistic Enterprise here in Rwanda and the one we first worked with in Mission Africa in 2010 & 2011 when the strategy for national evangelism was being developed.  He was continuing that work here and using our training materials.  He is now the International Missions Director for African Enterprise and working from Nairobi. This week. I will be working with his successor, Albert, who met me at the airport yesterday evening.  We are also in talks with AE about using the training strategy throughout their organisation.

When Blair and I first talked about these training materials and he asked me to write them, we had no idea of the impact they would have.  Best of all is ‘entrusting them to faithful people who are able to teach others, also.’

Many blessings to you.


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