Our Rwanda Country Director, Mezack Nkundabantu, visited the States in May and got to meet several of our church partners here in Nashville. Below, Duane Murray, the Executive & Missions Pastor of Thompson Station Church, shares what the experience was like for him and his community.
Pastor Mezack is the definition of meekness – power under control. His words are humble, gentle and kind, but when you know the works that God is doing through him, you sense God’s powerful presence. This disciple makes disciples who make disciples. He’s raised and released over 5,000 disciples of Jesus Christ in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Uganda. The men and women he disciples share the gospel in word and deed including projects like:
• Prison ministry — one of his disciples teaches in the Kibungo prison and has seen disciples grow and churches planted there.
• Orphan Care - Theophile was a graduate of Mezack’s who started an orphan care program in his home church that funds scholarships and helps with living expenses for children who have been orphaned.
• People at Risk - Jean-Marie is a graduate who started cooperatives that offer job training to help women and men leave prostitution and find restoration through Christ. Emmanuel Gatera, another graduate, started a program that feeds over 600 children, established a group savings and loan association with 45 adults, and works with people living with HIV/AIDS.
These are only a small sample of the stories resulting from students trained through Mezack’s ministry.
It was our privilege to host Mezack at Thompson Station Church during his recent visit to the U.S. He came to specifically encourage several men he had trained that are now resettled here in the U.S. including Pastor Lameck. Lameck was a disciple that started the first church plant from Mezack’s church in Rwanda. Lameck launched two other churches from that church plant. When he was relocated to a refugee camp in Uganda, Lameck started another church there that grew to over 1,300. Now he’s starting a church in a community of Congolese believers near Nashville. Lameck exhibits the heart for discipleship that Mezack is able to inspire in so many who are part of his ministry.
That’s what we love about the leaders we meet through African Leadership. They invest in men and women who love people so much that they not only share the gospel but their lives as well (1 Thess. 2:9).
Executive & Missions Pastor, Thompson Station Church