‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is entirely a work of God, we contribute nothing. This is a great good news for every Christian.
Since September we have been studying the five Solas of the protestant reformation with the new group of apprentices (pictured above). These are known to be a key summary of the essentials of Christian faith. The verse above has been a great rediscovery for all of us. We realised that Sunday school teachers need robust theology, not just ‘how to...’ kind of training. We need to be grounded in the faith, being able to understand and articulate what we believe, only then we shall be effective in our ministry amongst children. This is why we are continually being convinced that discipleship of children’s leaders should be our philosophy of doing ministry in Rwanda.
On 10 August we said goodbye to a group of 10 apprentices who were finishing the six month apprenticeship scheme. Pascasie said, ‘I am so thankful to God for the opportunity of doing this scheme - I have learnt a lot! God opened my eyes and I now understand that even children need to hear the gospel of Christ, and that they can believe it and live a life that pleases God. I have learnt how to relate with children in a classroom, how to prepare and tell a bible story and many other things.’
On 7 September we welcomed seven new apprentices. Three of them have done the scheme before but they wanted to do another round of six months. We are having great fun together and growing together.
From 25-27 October we had our last ‘equip’ training of the year (pictured below). 33 leaders attended. We have been learning about the doctrine of prayer, bible overview, lesson preparation and bible handling skills. Kwizera (one of the participants) said that it was his first time hearing that the Bible is one big story about Jesus. Chantal (another participant) said, ‘I hadn’t realised how the author’s purpose is central to understanding and teaching any bit of the Bible.’
We are thankful to God for all the equip training we’ve had this year. They have been great times of meeting again with former apprentices to encourage and equip them more for the children’s ministry they are involved in. Thank you for partnering with us, we are thankful to God for your generous giving that has enabled us to run all of these training events.
On 9 November I had the chance to help Annysia, one of our former apprentices, in a one-day Sunday school teachers’ training at her local church. She organised the event and invited people from the other six Anglican churches in her town.
We are so excited with the progress in material translation. We now have two mustard seeds Christmas series translated in Kinyarwanda: Luke’s first Christmas and Beyond the manger. These materials will be available on the mustard seeds website to be easily accessed by anyone in our country. Luke’s gospel has been uploaded already. We are grateful for Rory Bell and the whole mustard seeds team that are hosting these materials on their website for free. We are grateful for their generosity and our strong partnerships.
Talking about partnerships, for DNG to continuing operate in Rwanda we need a legal registration. It is a pretty long process and it demands quite a lot to be in place to register a charity. Thankfully the board of PTW (Preach The Word bible training course) has agreed to give us legal cover once it is registered. We will be operating under their supervision, they will provide financial accountability and any needed help. They are halfway through the registration process, please pray that the remaining steps go well.
Our Big Holiday club (that used to be called Kid’s Camp) is coming up soon: 8 - 14 December. We will be teaching children on the way God has ordained which people can be saved. We are expecting more than 100 children and 30 leaders. In this big annual event, we always combine teaching children in the mornings with talks in the evenings for leaders. This time Determine and Alexis (GCC member) will be doing a series on the five Solas for leaders. We appreciate your prayers towards this event in this way:
As I always tell you, your prayers and your financial support are vital in our ministry. We wouldn’t have been able to do all that without God’s sustaining grace that is expressed through you. It is a constant reminder to us of the amazing work of Christ of uniting us all as one body under him. We wish you a good Christmas and a happy end to 2019.
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Yours, Jean NGIRIMANA (Duff)
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