Aug 13, 2012

God Does Great Things in Ruzizi as 81,000 Hear the Gospel

Pastor Nsengumuremyi Theonest during the closing rally :
Several thousand residents of Ruzizi, Rwanda
listen to the gospel as Sammy Wanyonyi presents
a clear  and concise message of Hope through
Christ during the closing rally August 12th 2012
"It has been a year since i have been pastoring a church in Mururu Sector. My church has never exceeded 50 members. During Rusizi Mission, I was one of the active pastors in Rusizi 11 preaching site. This last Sunday on 12th/8/2012 I received 70 new members which means my church has now over 120 members. I praise God for the impactful results of Rusizi Mission. I can assure you that other fellow churches have experienced the same positive results too."
Later, hundreds respond to
the call of Salvation.
Mayor of the City during Top Leaders Dinner:
"Since 1946 when the first protestant churches (ADEPR) were planted in Rusizi, its our first time to have such kind of mission where all different denominations have come together for a common goal. I believe that this is the beginning of a great revival and transformation of our district. As political leaders we need to work hand in hand with the church for the bright future of our nation"
Hundreds pray to receive Christ as Lord
and Savior at Closing Rally
These are just a couple of thousands of stories that have emerged from the mission we have concluded in Ruzizi.  To the glory of God, 7,650 adults and numerous kids have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for the first time.

At the closing rally on Sunday, several thousands of joyful Rwandese came to the stadium event.  They sung, they rejoiced, they danced to popular Christian songs led by a number of national leading artists, and celebrated as I preached God's word to them. 

Earlier, 261 pastors participated
in the 3-day School of Evangelism
Taking from the story of the woman who was brought to Jesus after she was caught in adultery in John 8:1-10, I spoke to them of how this is a season of God's mercy and not of judgment. 

A large village crowd listens to SWIM team member Kimberly as she
shares her testimony earlier in the week.
According to the account, Jesus went up on the mount of Olives.  Later he came into the temple court where a crowd gathered around him to hear him teach.  It is during the time of teaching that the Pharasees and Saducees bring the woman demanding that Jesus give his verdict as to what should be done to her.  According to the Law of Moses, she should be stoned. 

Nikki Celebrates after leading 60 women
into a relationship with Christ at the women
leadership Conference as Kimberly teaches
in the background
Jesus challenges them saying he who is without sin be the first to cast the stone.  Of course there is no one.  In His mercy, He tells the woman that He does not condemn her either and that she should go and sin no more. 

Shug Bury preaching to a large
village audience early in the week.
As I made the altar call, hundreds from all ages flocked to front.   To the glory of they prayed to receive Christ into their lives as Lord and Savior. 

Today, Tuesday, we commense the next phase of the mission in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  Pray that many will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ over the next several days as we reach out with the message of love and forgiveness.

We still do need your financial support.  With six days left before the end of our mission, we still need $12,000 to fully cover our expenses.  Pray with us and please consider a generous gift to help us end this mission without any debt.
On Saturday night, we held a special prayer dinner for
near 100 key political and business leaders of Ruzizi

Statistical Summary on Ruzizi Mission Outcomes

81'000 People were reached through the gospel
7'650 people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior
105 evangelistic programs were conducted in the whole of Rusizi district
264 pastors attended the school of Evangelism
268 women were reached through a women conference
95'000 evangelistic tracts were distributed
3'300 prisoners were reached through the gospel
Stanton and Nikki Demonstrate
the gospel to kids at a village stop
150 prisoners gave their life to Jesus
1'700 rain coats were given to prisoners as an act social of love
12 countries has been represented in that mission
( USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Benin, BurkinaFasso, Guinnee Konakry, Magascar, Angola, Burundi, Republic Democratic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopian and Rwanda)

By His power and for His glory!