A gift that keeps on giving
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT
2012 – 2014
After going through Harvest training in 2011 in Bujumbura, Bishops Onesime and Macaire of Burundi wanted to change the situation of Rutana and contacted Pastor Jacob, the Harvest Adviser for Africa, to conduct a training.
The Rutana Anglican Mission started in 1955 but represented a mission that wasn’t able to bring about any socio-economic transformation in the community. Their focus was to spread the Gospel and open Anglican churches in Rutana province. Harvest staff started the training in December 2012 and concluded it in October 2014. Church leaders in Rutana were able to accomplish both socio-economic and spiritual changes. After the Harvest training they built a sanctuary instead of waiting for external support (see picture). There were also many testimonies about physical and social changes: support to needy and vulnerable people, acquisition of a grinding machine to process cassava and corn flour, a new classroom was built, and they started plans to farm and improve businesses. 41 people attended the training and 6 were commissioned to be new trainers.
Trainers in Rutana continue to spread the wholistic approach of the local church ministry and especially the demonstration of God’s Love through disciplines of love and seed projects.
Pray for Bishop Potier, the team leader of Rutana, to strengthen the group.
May the Church in Rutana continue to be an agent of change in the region.
ESTABLISHING SELF-SUSTAINING SAMARITAN STRATEGY TEAMS IN NEW AREAS