|Thousands attend one of SWIM's past festivals in Rwanda.|
These are uniquely needy communities, having withstood the attrocities of war for over fifteen years engalfing, first, Rwanda in the 1994 genocide, and then Eastern DRC from 1996-2006. With over 5 million people, mostly women and children having died during this period, it is a deeply wounded community and in desperate need of hope and healing. The Gospel of Christ is able to provide this much needed sense of hope and meaning. God is already walking among the people in these communities wiping away their tears and binding their wounds. We are eager to join Him over the next two weeks.
I am requesting for your continued prayer for us and for these two communities of Rubavu and Goma. Pray that the power of Christ and the glory of God will be made manifest as we proclaim hope, healing and Salvation through Christ. Over 50,000 people are expected to participate in the events. Among spiritual and social forces to contend with include spiritism and witchcraft, Islam, tribalism, poverty, psychological trauma, among others. Pray that Christ's healing power will bring wholeness and restoration.
Secondly, pray for me and for the rest of our team that utterance will be given to us so we may present the gospel of Christ with clarity, simplicity and power. Pray for the people that their hearts will be open to embrace the way of Christ and of His gospel. Pray for the churches which have come together for the purpose of this campaign that they will remain united and engaged after we are done with the events.
|Local Leaders Participate at a past SWIM Conference in Rwanda|
Thirdly, pray for my family that they will be safe and healthy while I travel. My wife and I are expecting our second born daughter in about 8 weeks time. She has been experiencing difficulties with elevated blood pressure and concerns about possible preeclampsia recurrence (our first arrived 7 weeks early). Please pray that she will stay safe and that there will be no complication arising while I am in Rwanda.
Finally, I request for your financial support. With only seven days left before I leave for the events, we have a $ 13,000 need (it costs us $ 1.50 to bring one person to the Festival in Africa). Please consider helping us fully cover the ministry expenses. As the Lord speaks to you, follow the donate link on this website and stand with us in these efforts. Your gift is tax deductible and will assist us fulfill this mission successfully. You can also send a check to SWIM Ministry, 3121 Westwood Dr., Excelsior, MN 55331.
I will be posting daily updates on this blog starting tomorrow and over the next three weeks. I encourage you to visit often for your own inspiration, encouragement and for knowing how you can be praying with us during this campaign in Rwanda. Thank you for your partnership.
Serving together by His Power and for His glory,