With God, We Can

Rwanda Women in Evangelism

"There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin." -Evangelism, 465

East Central Africa Division - On Sabbath, March 14, a two-week evangelism campaign was started by Mukamutara Uwimana at the Kirundo/Giturwa Church. Uwimana is the Women's Ministries leader in the Southern Rwandan Association, and the venue was selected because of easy access by people of multiple religious backgrounds. All sermons were focused on the theme "Jesus Christ, the Pillar of Humankind's Salvation."

One hundred fifty guests who were invited by leaders of the church came that Sabbath, and the congregation enjoyed the singing by the women of the Abageni choir. Visitors asked many questions about the Bible. All answers and sermons were based on John 14:6: Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life." Within two weeks, 97 people accepted Bible study classes. The women were involved in all activities, especially building new relationships.

Forty-seven people were baptized on March 28; among them were a military officer and one who had been a Muslim. After the baptism, there was a welcome worship concert for the new members; they had the opportunity to share their testimonies and thank God for His mercy and salvation.

"We thank the Almighty who enabled us, who was with us during these evangelistic meetings; we thank everyone who helped us to preach Christ, to live Christ, and to show Christ during this campaign. With God we can," says Consolata Rugelinyange, Rwanda Union Mission Women's Ministries Director.

During the meeting, every morning from 5:00 to 6:00 a spiritual revival was led by Rugelinyange. A group also prayed daily for this evangelism program, and an Adventist Youth group visited different families to invite them to the meetings. A gift of clothes was given to visitors who needed them.

Source: ECD WM