Humbling Experiences

Shyogwe_2015b Posted by Shyogwe 2015 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 | 3 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

On Monday 3rd, we left the Kibungo team and travelled to Shyogwe Diocese. We experienced the hustle and bustle of a Monday morning in Kigali and arrived mid-morning at Alleluia House and Training Centre – welcomed by Bishop Jered with morning tea and buns!

After a chance to unpack and settle in, we had another short meeting with Bishop Jered and Vieteur at which we discussed our programme for our days ahead. We then had our first experience of the Rwandan rural ‘roads’ – travelling to Munazi Chapel, high up in the hills. But the bumpy journey was well worth it as we were greeted with wonderful singing by the people who worship there.

It had also been arranged for us to visit the homes of two of the local families – one of these was a man who started the church in this community in his small front room. He was proud to show us the success of his banana plantation and told us how he was grateful to God for the change in his life, the training through the Church that he had received and how he has been able to share his knowledge with the local people. This was our first example of the holistic approach of the Church working with the people in Shyogwe Diocese. Having been surrounded by their love and their children and seeing first hand their homes we came ‘home’ feeling very humbled, but praising God. We were filled with emotion.

On Tuesday 4th, we started the day early (for us) and joined the bishop and his diocesan staff for morning devotions. We then had a tour of Zion Hill Church and met a group of ladies and their children who were receiving health education, alongside biblical teaching – this is a Mothers’ Union project. We also visited the Muhanga Youth Technology Education Centre (formally named Youth at Risk Project) and saw wood and metal workshops. We then went back to base for a mid morning snack before travelling to Muranbi Chapel – which was another experience of ‘off road’ travel!! What a journey but what an experience awaited us.

We met a lay reader who had been trained in the Bible Development School and the team were delighted to see John step forward and explain his own parish’s link with the school. The people were extending their chapel with mud bricks that they had made to accommodate their growing congregation. We then all went inside for worship and praise – another humbling experience. We even got an opportunity to teach a sign language song to the children – who loved it!

On our way back, we stopped at Shyogwe Cathedral – where every Sunday 1000 people meet for worship in a rural community! Canon Emmanuel very kindly provided refreshments – as you can gather we are eating well! Back to base for lunch and later we headed to the market to buy material for dresses and shirts which will be made by the Mothers’ Union project, which we are happy to support.

At the Mothers’ Union shop, Claudine explained to us how they are developing their business by making and selling school uniforms and wedding dress hire – this makes the project sustainable.

We are finding it hard to put into words what we have experienced (and our emotions) on the journey so far, but look forward to what’s ahead for us tomorrow.

Comments

Maureen leacock said Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:09PM
So thankful that you all arrived safely. What a truly amazing experience and very humbling. Can't wait to hear more! You are all in the thoughts and prayers of a large number of people. God Bless.xx
Hilary Whiteside said Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:42PM
What great experiences you are all having!! Can't wait to hear all about it x
Betty King said Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:37AM
Pleased to read your blog and am happy to read you are having positive and blessed experiences Love to all xxx

Add your own comment