June 29, 2009
Praise the Lord for the seasons He has created for us to enjoy;
and for some, no season is more welcomed than that of summer.
Summer is the time we celebrate the anniversary of the signing
of the Declaration of Independence. It’s also the time my wife
and I celebrate our anniversary--thirty-one years and counting!
Anniversaries can be a memorable time of celebration, but they
can also be a time of horrible reflection.
This year, the country of Rwanda is facing its fifteen-year
anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
In 1994, one million people were slaughtered in one hundred days!
There were over 500,000 cases of rape reported and 300,000
children were left orphaned. The goal of the Hutus was to kill
one thousand Tutsis every twenty minutes.
There were many factors that caused this horrific crime against
humanity; however, much of the blame has been hurled at the
Belgian government and the way in which they set up a new form
of government, borders, and way of life when they colonized
Rwanda back in 1923. Tensions had been escalating between the
Hutu and Tutsi for years.
Here in America, we are often quick to throw stones at countries
that experience the horrors of genocide. Let us not forget our
own racial tensions in this country, nor the fact that our land
was once inhabited by thousands of Indian cultures. Our
forefathers occupied a land that was already inhabited, and in
the end, Indians were either slaughtered or rounded up and put
Rwanda has been making peace with itself for the past fifteen
years. If you visit the capital city of Kigali, you will find
The Kigali Memorial Center
that is purposefully shocking so that succeeding generations
will never forget the human capacity for evil. Our minds cannot
wrap around the thought of friend killing friend, neighbor
killing neighbor, pastor killing his flock, and children killing
adults all because they are from a different tribe. The
Rwandan don’t want to forget that
evil is only an ideology away.
truly wish that you could go to Rwanda and experience the
amazing healing that has taken place in that beautiful country.
When you drive from the airport in Kigali to the city of
Rwamagana, where we will be hosting ‘Mission Redemption’, it is
hard to imagine that at one time one million bodies were strewn
along the roads, valleys, and villages. It is a peaceful land
and its colors are breathtaking.
was last December that we took a team to Rwamagana for what we
called ‘Mission Reconciliation’. It was a name that fit the work
that we had agreed to do with the committee of local pastors
there. We wanted to work within the church to help mend
relationships in every way possible. As you remember, God did
amazing things for His glory and the people are still talking
about it to this day. One pastor wrote:
“For me I profited a lot from seminars and festival. It helped
me to understand the meaning of Unity
because at times the Devil creates divisionism and hatred
among denominations members. This is no longer the case among
Rwamagana. Through this festival we have realized that we are
one in Christ. I am going back home very happy with new
strategies to develop my church and I am happy about the gift of
eye glasses. May God bless EMM richly.”
-Pastor Kamuzinzi Elisa from Pentecostal Church of Rutoma
found the people of Rwamagana, both Hutu and Tutsi to be so
grateful for our presence and ready to experience all that God
had for them. The Rwandans are very cautious people and they
don’t just work themselves up emotionally when it comes to
things of the Lord. They are very deliberate and thoughtful. We
saw so many of them respond with appreciation and with full
surrender to Christ. One sister wrote:
am suffering from TB and was admitted for six weeks. I am very
appreciative for the support I got from EMM team as I realized
God’s love through his people. I was given sugar, rice and soap
by the team which helped me to improve my nutrition and hygiene
in these days. Since the team members prayed for me my health
improved and I have a hope of returning home soon. May God bless
This November 15-24 I will return to
Rwamagana with another team. Our focus this time will be the
sharing of Christ in as many ways as the local pastors see fit.
Carl Dawson will be heading to Rwanda next month to work closely
with the same
committee that was established for
“Mission Reconciliation” last year.
We are all praying that the work we did in the church in 2008
will result in a glorious harvest of souls in 2009
Pastor Dany, Pastor Cyprien, Dan, and Pastor Amos (Dan’s
Now I want to ask you for your
participation. We need to raise $50,000 for this ministry,
$20,000 of which has already come in! It will cost money to
bring people into the Kingdom. It will cost money to do the work
evangelism. It will cost money to mobilize
the churches for the sake of the harvest. It takes funds to hire
radio time to promote the Festival. It takes dollars to rent the
very grounds where the Gospel will be preached. It takes cash to
build a platform and hire a sound system that will reach
thousands of people. Yes, evangelism takes money.
I enjoy giving my own money for the
humanitarian work that we will do in Rwanda, but the money I
give for evangelism is even more important.
‘Mission Redemption’ is
opportunity to lead people towards eternal life in Christ!
With Eternity In Mind,
P.S. If you
would like to join our Rwanda team in November, please call us