#ACTS

14 May

An Update on Churches in Rwanda

Hello. I trust this letter finds you doing well. I am most certainly grateful to you and for the way God has used you in prayer and support of ministry here in Rwanda. Just over one year ago, I wrote to inform you of the drastic changes that had taken place here, with the government closing well over 6,000 churches. Some of you compassionately responded to assist the churches here. Last year we were able to see two churches we work...

02 May

Agape Church Construction Under Way!

I thank you for your prayers on behalf of the churches here, specifically those with whom we continue to work. We are rejoicing that God allowed us to see the third church needing renovation reopened. We also praise God that after 14 months of perseverance, patience, and prayer, the building permit for a fourth church, Agape with Pastor Patrick was granted. The construction of that church is well-under way.   This is nothing less than miraculous. Thank you for choosing to partner with...

02 May

Churches are Beginning to Open!

Because of the continued giving of friends like you, this past month we were able to see one church re-opened, and 2 set to open within the next month. We began a vocational short-course of 3 months to assist women who had previously studied with Love Alive, but we found were not working. The purpose of this short course is to help them improve skills where they lack confidence, and be able to begin working as intended. Our ongoing Scarlet Cord...

26 Mar

6,315 Churches Closed. What Can We Do?

In mid-February of this year, the Rwandan government brought about a list of new laws for all churches siting safety and hygiene as concerns. By March 20th, in this tiny country, the government had shut down 6,315 churches. As you can imagine this has greatly impacted the body of Christ here in Rwanda. While there are still churches open, the majority of churches we have worked with and in are closed until they can meet the new safety standards. Of our Acts...

05 Aug

Summer Update, 2017 Love Alive International

Hello! I’m always surprised to see how much time has passed since my last update! Forgive me as I try to cram the highlights of the past few months into one letter. God continues to be at work in many ways and in many lives here. MAY: On May 15, we began a ministry that is dear to my heart, and was certainly a leap of faith to begin. We opened the doors to The Scarlet Cord, a one-year program...

19 Jul

Pastor Damour, Byumba, Ruzizi Rwanda Church of the Living

Pastor Damour’s testimony is one of amazing grace and a life surrendered to God’s work in the far regions of Rwanda. “I was born into and raised in a family of non-Christians. As I grew I was a terrible sinner. I was a drunkard for 17 years,” Damour shares of his history. Later, Damour began reading the Bible. “I read that the righteous would go to heaven forever, but sinners would be in Hell. I was very afraid of Hell,” he...

24 May

ACTS: Pastor Emmanuel Gatera, Word of Life Church, Kamembe, Rwanda

Pastor Emmanuel Gatera   WORD OF LIFE CHURCH (WOLC) Africa:Rwanda, Western Province, Rusizi District, Kamembe Sector Pastor Emmanuel Gatera is the pastor of Word of Life Church, and is married to his wife Jane Niyonsaba. Together they have three children. BACKGROUND AND TESTIMONY Pastor Gatera was born in on December 25, 1972, and born again in Christ on August 21, 1982. Born into a Catholic family, it was his brother’s radical freeing from demon possession...

16 May

ACTS Ministry Pastor Profile: Pastor Patrick, Agape Church, Rugende Rwanda

Pastor Patrick’s Personal Testimony: I received Jesus as my Savior at the age nine, and from then I continued to attend church services. However, at the age of fifteen, I was left the only living member of our family of five, the rest of my two older brothers and my parents having died. I started to be discouraged. Later on I came to my senses and recognized that whatever case it may be, God is good all the time. So i...

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