A team from Thompson Station Church in Thompson’s Station, TN is on the ground in Rwanda visiting our Country Director, Mezack Nkundabantu, and seeing our work across the country. Duane Murray, Executive & Missions Pastor at Thompson Station Church and an African Leadership Board Member, is leading the team and shares some thoughts below.
We are seeing the evidence of an ongoing training process of leaders is multiplying ministry throughout this country and into neighboring countries. Today, we visited a church in Karambe that was started by Pastor Lameck and Mezack. Here’s the ripple effect of one caring act:
In 1998, Mezack was helping an 11 year old boy get reunited with his parents after the Genocide. After extensive research, they were able to find his parents and return him to them in Karambe. When they got there, they were approached by many people in the community who said that they needed a church in their community. Pastor Lameck and Mezack started a church together, which later became the church we visited today.
Pastor Tom is now the Lead Pastor and that church has started two other churches in the area (Matunguru and Rwasama). He drives from Kigali two to four times each month (2.5 hours each way) to preach the Word and train leaders. Each church has an associate Pastor or someone in training in African Leadership Rwanda’s theological training program (Pastor John, Marcline and Elisha), who is preparing to lead the congregation. There are over 200 people growing together and ministering to their communities through these three bodies of believers.
We saw a church today enthusiastic about worshiping the one true God and eagerly waiting to hear what He would speak to them through us (Acts 10:33). We were able to distribute Bibles purchased for them, for which they were deeply grateful. We watched Marcline, the leader in training for Karambe, overwhelmed with tears of joy because the people she is leading were receiving Bibles.
The first stop of the day was in Matunguru, one of the two satellite churches started by the original Karambe church. 90 people meet here to worship weekly. They just bought the building below last year and they are already ready to expand it. Who bought the building. The congregation contributed two-thirds of it and Pastor Lameck sent the remaining third through Mezack from his new home in Antioch, TN. What? Yes. He’s working just to get by in America and helping build a Kinyarwanda speaking church in Antioch, but he took precious resources and sent them back to Rwanda to continue the work he began so many years ago.
Tomorrow we get to go to Mugera to visit with believers who are ministering in the refugee camp on the border of Congo. Thursday we return to Muhanga to see how the believers there are continuing to develop a thriving community. I look forward to sharing more stories with you from these two days.
Grateful to be leading this team of sent ones. Mezack was moved to tears today that we were with him in Karambe. So were we.
Interested in seeing our network firsthand or taking a team from your church? Contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.