Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 04:42 Written by Faustin
This is the Rwandan greeting. “Muraho” means “Are you alive?” “Do you have life?” Yego “Yes, I do.” In the Rwandan worldview, life is always in relationship – with God, self and others. Salome and I still have life and abundant life in relation to Christ the Life and life-Giver, and in relation to our fellow brethren in Christ. So, as you read this blog, please receive our greetings from Rwanda in the name of the life-Giver!
We are honored to be in the land of Thousand Hills (Rwanda) with our dear friends who have come from the States and Greece to join us in ministry. Pastor Shawn Sullivan, the Missions Pastor at Cross Bridge Community Church, San Antonio and Matthew Owen from the same church, have been coming to Byumba, Rwanda for the last three years. This year they are accompanied by Shawn’s friend from Greece, Emmanuel Ntamparakis (sounds like a Rwandan name!) for a Training of Trainers’ conference that has brought together 40 selected leaders from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Congo. The conference is an advanced course on Leadership and Church Development. These are leaders who will help us train others in their respective regions.
Also, we are with Kaitlyn Sylvain, a former student at Biola University. Kaitlyn is coming to do her internship with TLAfrica, Inc. She will visit Rwanda and Kenya.
When Shawn arrived on Saturday, he asked me whether I have had any surprises since I have returned to Africa. Yes, I have.
On Friday Salome and Kaitlyn traveled for several hours in a bus to visit women in Rubavu, Gisenyi, at the boarder of Rwanda and Congo. I decided to accompany them. We had a wonderful meeting with two groups of women. One group of thirty women has taken the initiative of making handcrafted items. We were impressed with their project, but at the same time we were sad that we could not help them financially because they needed some machines and other materials. In our limitation, we prayed with them and said, “The Lord sees your need.” The next morning (Saturday), I went to check my e-mail and found an email from Ivan Chung that a church in Riverside, CA sent funds to help thirty widows and needy women (the exact number of the Rubavu women in the group!). Salome and I could not wait but thank God in the internet café! The ministry is the Lord’s and he will provide for the needs of his people at the right time and for his own glory.
As a family, please pray for us as we continue to go through transitions. Until now we have been hosted by our daughter. We plan to move into the university house this week.
Amahoro – Shalom!
Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 04:40 Written by Faustin
The countdown has begun! There are only 16 days left before we fly back to Africa. You can imagine the pressure that Salome and I feel as we try to complete unfinished tasks and delegate our ministry responsibilities to the US Board members of TLAfrica. But my mind is not just on these last-minute tasks here in the States. My mind is also on the transition that is awaiting us in Africa, and the overwhelming work ahead of us. In Matthew 9:35-38 it says that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few; this becomes more real when you visit Africa and see the overwhelming needs of the church–growing everyday but lacking in trained leadership.
There are many widows due to war and genocide, as well as grandmothers who are taking care of grandchildren after their mothers passed away of HIV/AIDS, who desperately need economic empowerment! These are just examples; there are many, many other needs! The challenge is to see these needs and decide which ones to meet knowing that I cannot meet all of them at once. It is a temptation! My prayer as Salome and I go back is that I may have a focused vision, for, as a Chinese proverb says, “The eagle that chases two rabbits at one time will catch neither.” Without focus no impact is made and less is achieved. Would you pray for us?
Let me ask a favor: Please send this blog to several of your friends who may be interested in reading the news about my family and the TLAfrica ministry. Advise them to go to www.tlafrica.org and subscribe to both the e-newsletter and the blog. I hope you have already subscribed. If you haven’t, please do so now!
Shalom – Amahoro!
Faustin Ntamushobora, Ph.D.
President & CEO, TLAfrica, Inc.
Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 04:38 Written by Faustin
I believe that my whole life – even small details – are under the control of God. God speaks to us through his word written in the Bible, but also through events and circumstances. Last week, the Lord visited my family once again. Here is how the visitation came to us:
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, my son, Pierre, opened his flash drive and found a letter I wrote to friends on April 16, 2007. In the letter (Click here to view letter) I explained that Salome and I were taking a step of faith and going to Biola University. We believed in a GREAT GOD who is FAITHFUL to provide for our needs: It was a letter to request prayer and financial assistance.
Reading this letter on the same day six years later reminded my son of how the Lord has been a faithful Provider. In response, he was not at peace until he wrote to our family and challenged us to continue trusting in the Lord. On the following day, April 17, 2013, I received an offer to teach in the doctor of ministry program at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
I interviewed with them back in February but had not heard back. Our family was expecting to move to Nairobi on faith. Truly speaking, the offer came unexpectedly. This door that God has opened at Africa International University is just another example of transformation through trusting Him and his plans. God continues to remind us that he has called us, has a plan for us, and will continue to provide! He is continuing to teach my family and I that He will provide now just like he did for us back in Rwanda during the genocide.
Finally, I would like to remind you that Salome and I will both be relocating back to Africa on May 28th, 2013. While in Africa, we plan to keep in touch with you through blogs and e-newsletters. Would you kindly send the same blog to one or two of your friends? In this way we would increase the number of those who will be flowing us – then you would be our true extension! Thank you for your love and partnership and God bless you.
TLAfrica seeks to help facilitate the founding of an evangelical Christian university in Kigali, Rwanda—the first of its kind in Rwanda.