August 2019

319 days well spent in the UK! It has been a great experience, both at Cornhill (the bible training course) and at Christ Church Mayfair (CCM), where I was serving as a Ministry Trainee. 

I am grateful for the wonderful Cornhill tutors, who loved and taught us willingly, wanting to see us growing in knowledge of the Scriptures and in our love for Christ. They have worked hard, training us to be better communicators and faithful preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I owe them a lot - they are wonderful people. May God bless them. 

CCM has been my family away from home (pictured above). God provided people within the church family who loved me and always pointed me to Christ.  I am deeply grateful for the Ministry Trainee Scheme; I learnt a lot by working with CCM’s children’s worker and being part of the CCM staff team. They have been wonderful to me ¬- I miss them already! 

I am grateful as well for all the trustees and each individual who made all this into a reality. Without your cheerful giving, I wouldn't have done the Cornhill course. May God richly bless you. 

I am back in Rwanda.There is much work to be done and many ministry opportunities. On top of running Discipling the Next Generation (DNG), there is a big need to teach at my church - Gospel Community Church - and at the Preach The Word (PTW) training course, giving me serving opportunities and keeping me growing. 

Please ask God for wisdom and godly decision-making as we consider what will be beneficial for gospel work in Rwanda.

DNG Team: Duff, Assumpta, Natasha and Philemon

On my return, I was greeted by the happy, smiling faces of my DNG team. Though the work was very demanding for such a small team whilst I was away, they are full of joy because of what God is doing through the DNG initiative!      
Jean Pierre was part of our first intake in our apprenticeship programme. Recently he joined a church in Kigali, serving in children’s ministry and reports, ‘I joined children's ministry at my local church because of a huge need that is there. When I visited the Sunday school, I found that there are nearly 250 children and only six leaders, of whom only two are regular. The leaders hardly knew what it meant to teach the Bible to children. One of the two regular leaders agreed to start reading the Bible with me and we read the whole letter of Ephesians together. For the first time, he understood what it means to believe in Jesus.’

Jean Pierre seeks to train more leaders to work with him in this ministry. He is thrilled with the trust he is gaining at his local church and the opportunity to run children’s ministry. Please pray for the church leadership to understand the need of training Sunday school leaders AND that God will provide teachable people who love the gospel and want to serve in children’s ministry. We are very excited by what God is doing through Jean Pierre; please pray with us for him. 

Praise and Prayers

Last time I wrote about Kenta and Patrick who were working with us part-time. Give thanks to God for Kenta, who has moved to Canada with her family. She has recently found a good church (Église Reformée Baptiste de la Capitale). Pray that she settles quickly in the new culture and in the church and is able to continue growing in her faith.

Pray for Patrick, now working with the central bank of Rwanda, to be bold in sharing his faith with his work colleagues, and that work will not be stressful but that he would be able to keep teaching children at his local church. 

Give thanks for a recent intensive training weekend (27 - 28 July). Determine (PTW tutor) preached through Titus (three talks) and Innocent (Gospel Community Church pastor) led a bible overview. 34 participants including all our apprentices (former and current) attended. Please pray that the Lord will make this training useful to them. Photos and testimonies will follow in the next prayer letter. 

Finally, we are thankful for the generosity of many to the DNG work. We praise God for you.

Yours, Jean Ngirimana 

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