Rwanda is largely a Christian country, with churches located on most street corners. However, 90% of pastors in Rwanda have not received any theological training and the prosperity gospel is fast taking root.
Discipling the Next Generation is a new initiative that seeks to raise up the next generation in Rwanda to understand the gospel and to live in light of it. Spearheaded by Rwandan Jean Ngirimana, the project works with university students to train them in how to teach the gospel faithfully to children and young people. As well as being equipped for studying and teaching the Bible, the students are taught how to model faithful bible teaching and how to train up other children’s and youth workers. In between residential training sessions, the students meet in local small groups to read the Bible together and help each other apply the skills they have been learning. The project also runs evangelistic children’s clubs and camps for teenagers, so that the students can put into practice what they learn. The long-term vision of Discipling the Next Generation is for people to be equipped to reach out with the gospel to as many children and teenagers as possible, and are also able to equip others for the same task.
From September 2018 until August 2019, Jean Ngirimana will be studying on the Cornhill Training Course in London, to gain more ministry experience and bible knowledge to help him in his role with Discipling the Next Generation. During this time, Philemon Niyomahoro will take the lead in running the project in Rwanda. Philemon has worked alongside Jean since 2016 and will run the project under the oversight of Jean and two local bible teachers, Determine Syldio and Daniel Ledama.
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Serving next generation Rwanda
‘He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”’ (Mark 9:36-37 NIV)
Jesus’ disciples struggled much to understand the meaning of Jesus’ prediction about his death and resurrection. Their view of the Messiah they were waiting for was not a suffering servant Messiah. They were thinking that somehow Jesus would be on his throne as a political leader, thus they started arguing about who is great among themselves, possibly who will be sat next to him in his reign? This shows that not only were they confused about Jesus’ mission but also their understanding of leadership was just worldly. Jesus patiently took time and gave them the classic godly leadership lesson “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
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