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The Anglican Province of Burundi consists of the dioceses of Muyinga, Buye, Gitega, Matana, Makamba, Bujumbura and Rumonge. We first met with Archbishop Bernard Ntahouri in 2008, and Rooted in Jesus was first introduced to Burundi in 2011. Rooted in Jesus is overseen in Burundi by Bishop Eraste Birigimana.

Dioceses of Muyinga, Buye & Gitega (from 2011)

In May 2011 a team led by Canon Alan Bing and including members from Burundi, Belgium and the UK offered two introductory conferences at the invitation of Bishop Eraste Bigirimana, Bishop of Muyinga. These took place in the cathedral of Muyinga, and participants were invited from the neighbouring dioceses of Buye and Gitega as well as from Muyinga itself. Bishop Sixbert Macumi of Buye was able to be present, as was Bishop Louis Muvunyi of Kigali in Rwanda.

Alan led a return team to Muyinga in April 2012, and met with 43 leaders, of whom 30 had attended in 2011 and 13 were being trained for the first time; all were catechists and all except two were from the Diocese of Muyinga. The Dean of the Cathedral and Diocesan Coordinator Prudence Gakeshi, who runs several RinJ groups himself, joined the team for the conference in Matana the following week (see below).

The team were particularly encouraged by a woman who testified to the difference Rooted in Jesus had made to her life over the last year. Alan wrote, "A lady who had come last year, and was very diffident at the time, came again this year and was a changed person. She was the first to offer to lead a practice group and was full of life. When, in the first workshop, I asked people for their experiences, she said that when she started to lead a group she was challenged to look at her own conduct. She had been brewing and selling maize beer, and decided at the first meeting that this was incompatible with her new role, so she immediately stopped doing it. This prompted a lot of surprise and consternation in her community and many people were challenged and began to express an interest in the new RinJ group."

Bishop Paisible Ndacayisba was appointed to succeed Bishop Eraste Birigimana in December 2013, and in July 2014 Ven Kevin Roberts took a team to strengthen the Rooted in Jesus programme in the diocese, under the new coordinator Elisha Academy. The conference was held in the cathedral and attended by 78 people, 34 existing leaders and the remainder training for the first time to lead a RinJ group - a mix of pastors, evangelists, Mothers Union leaders and Youth leaders from the 13 parishes in the diocese.


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Diocese of Matana (from 2012)

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of the Province of Burundi is also the Bishop of the Diocese of Matana, and he invited us to send a team to introduce Rooted in Jesus in April 2012. Canon Alan Bing led the team, with Revd Morey Andrews, Eric Barker and Canon Prudence Gakeshi.

The conference was attended by about 90 people, of whom 88 were appointed to begin groups. Alan reported, "After an initial reserve, the delegates became engaged and responsive, and there was a real outpouring of the Holy Spirit, including a powerful prophecy on the final evening which went something like: 'Don't be afraid. Trust in me. I have given you the tools and the power of the Holy Spirit. You need to take courage and go out. I am sending you.'"

Rooted in Jesus will be coordinated by the Dean of Matana, Canon Seth Ndayirukiye, and others.


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Diocese of Rumonge (from 2013)

In March 2013 it was announced that a new Diocese of Rumonge will be created under the leadership of Bishop Pedaculi Birakengana. An introductory Rooted in Jesus conference was held in June 2013 for 100 pastors and catechists from the 6 southern archdeaconries of the Diocese of Bujumbura, which is the area designated to form the new diocese. The team was led by Ven Kevin Roberts, with Revd Derek Price, Revd Julia Powley, Steve Muneza, Vic Sekasi and Sarah Richardson. Canon Simon Sibomana will oversee the programme until a permanent coordinator is appointed, and group leaders will report monthly to their archdeacon.

In July 2014 Simon reported that there are 43 RinJ groups in the diocese, with some 643 members. 19 of these groups have completed book 1. Though hampered by communication and travel difficulties, Simon writes that church leaders have commented on their own growth through the programme; many group members have made commitments of faith, and some of their relations have also given their lives to Christ.


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