August 7, 2018
Categorised in: News
Canon Principal, Mark Collinson, follows in Cathedral Curate, Katie Lawrence footsteps for a mission trip to Rwanda. Follow his journey below.
Entry 1: 07/08/2018
Today we have started the training program that is using facilitators from Kigali, Burundi and Nairobi. They have been providing the biblical foundations for social transformation of communities such that a whole nation can be changed. Last night we heard from Bishop Emmauel how the church helped to bring peace after the genocide. They gave incentives for people to work collectively together to build houses that had been burnt down and cultivate land that had been empty between 1994-98. He himself adopted 19 orphans!
Walk before sunset with mist rising between the hills
The Team from the Anglican Chruch in Little Rock Colorado are heading back home today.
Entry 2: 08/08/2018
Sharing group work: if the church doesn’t seek to change the nation, the nation will change the church. Rwanda is still coming to terms with the 1994 genocide when in a population of 95% nominal Christians 1 million people were massacred in a matter of months. After 25 years in prison, the church is preparing for perpetrators reintegrating back into society.
A break between teaching sessions in the courtyard of the guesthouse – Faith is talking to a Pentecostal bishop from Kigali who is learning how to deliver the training
Entry 3: 09/08/2018
Most of the day 8:30 to 5:30 we are in the training conference but we manage to get out for a brief walk before the sun sets at 6:30.
Entry 4: 12/08/2018
Training nearly done for the week – Waitrose Rwanda coffee came to the rescue to get us through the final session
38 acolytes being commissioned today in this verural parish. It took nearly 3 hours to get here on dirt roads – what they call an African massage. 147 people were confirmed. I presented a gift from our MU to their leader. The MU brought in gifts – baskets full of maize. The service is just short of five hours.
We had to have a second hobbit breakfast before we started the service to see us through
Entry 5: 13/08/2018
This morning we met with Archbishop Laurent Mbanda at the provincial office in Kigali. We heard about his vision for developing the Episcopal Anglican Church in Rwanda and how CMS and the diocese of Winchester might integrate with this vision.
Then we travelled to Shyogwe diocese to find out what is happening and how training of clergy & laity . This is the view from the guesthouse.
Last night we had a meal with my old friend Jean Pierre Rukundo. He was a member of my congregation when I served in Amsterdam during his masters studies there. When he was 4 years old his parents divorced and his mother was not able to feed him so he lived for four years as a street child. When he was eight his grandmother was able to take him in and gave him a second chance at life. Since then he has studied hard and is leading the wholistic development within the diocese. This includes a variety of projects: selling clay cookers that use 70% less fuel than traditional cooking fires thus reducing the carbon footprint; using micro finance so that people who are not on the national grid (59% of the population is not on the national grid) can buy a solar unit that powers four lights, phone chargers and a radio (cost £120 each). This reduces the amount of kerosene used in rural areas. Waste management units that separate rubbish so plastic bottles can be recycled, and compatible material can be compacted and sold as fuel.
Jean Pierre’s wife, Jeanne D’Arc is the head of a secondary school, and they are about to move into their new home. They have five children, the youngest of whom are twins, called Noble and Phoebe, aged 4.
They also have workshops for training women in sewing, so they can start their own business, and carpentry, metal work (making doors, gates, window frames etc). They have the beginnings of a vocational school.
The workshops are powered by solar panels and these are batteries that hold the charge.
This student is working on a doorway order that has to be finished today. So he’s working late!
Carpentry produces beds, desks, pulpits and coffee tables.
and they sell the sawdust to people who trade it. This is all social enterprise.
This is the sum total of the pharmacy in a church run pharmacy