Jul 22, 2012

Rwandan Churches Gear Up for Rusizi for Jesus Mission

With exactly two weeks left to go before the kick-off festival event in Ruzizi, Rwanda, the churches and para-church organizations of Ruzizi are working overtime in anticipation of what Christ will do in their community. 

Prayer teams are interceeding. Counselors and ushers are mobilized and trained.   Local evangelists, pastors, and church leaders continue to meet to discuss how best to preserve what God will do among them. 

Our team from Minnesota and from around the world are equally praying and anticipating great things.  Once again we will be joined by Derek Simpson from Great Britain, Robert Siakimotu from New Zealand and Emmanuel Manleau from France who will provide training at our evangelism and pastoral conference as I focus on preaching at the outreach events.

Several hundred Ruzizi pastors and lay leaders receive evangelism
and follow-up training in anticipation of the upcoming festival 
This year, SWIM is also teaming up with the Lausanne Movement and GoodWord Partnership to provide evangelism and logistical training for several delegates representing Francophone African countries.  The partnership is part of the Mission World initiative that was first proposed at the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town 2010. 

2010 Congress Director, Founder of GoodWord and former international Crusade Director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rev. Blair Carlson has been working tirelessly on the partnership details.  Please pray for a successful diffusion of the work around Africa and the world. Along with our Rwandan partners, AEE, we are pleased to partner with the movement in providing a launching pad for this global initiative. 

Funding Update

Outreach Director Emmanuel Kwisera engages leading
local pastors representing different denominations in Rusizi 
I must confess, fundraising for this mission is providing one of the toughest challenges in my fourteen years of fundraising for evangelistic work.  On the brigter side, it is another opportunity to see God at work. With one and half weeks left before I get on the plane, we are $19,000 short of our budget goals.  Many of our supporting partners have given very generously to allow us to get where we are.  But we still have this huge deficit.  We need your help.

Will you pray for open doors this week?  If you are in a position to help us close the gap will you consider doing so by clicking on the donate button on the right side on this blog?  Come back later this week and learn of how God is providing for this mission.  Thank you.



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