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The Anglican Communion website reports that in just over 26,340 square Kilometres are over 1 million Anglicans, out of a quickly growing population of 8.7 million. The former Ruanda Mission established its first station at Gahini in 1925 and grew through the revival of the 1930s and 1940s, with the first Rwandan Bishop appointed in 1965. Eight dioceses have up to 40 parishes, which in turn comprise 15-20 congregations. Like all strata of Rwandan society, the Church suffered through the genocide, and it is a major priority of the church to replace clergy through training.The Church has a role as a healing ministry to the many traumatised people in Rwanda and to reconciliation, restoration, and rehabilitation.

Diocese of Kigali (from 2013)

In July 2013 a team led by Ven Kevin Roberts travelled from Bujumbura in Burundi to Kigali, at the invitation of Bishop Louis Muvunyi, to offer the first Rooted in Jesus conference ever to be held in Rwanda. Superbly organised by by Manasseh Tuyizere, the Diocesan Youth coordinator, and his team, the conference was attended by 75 youth leaders and 25 catechists. All of the Rooted in Jesus coursebooks were translated into Kinyarwanda before the conference began, and the delegates returned to their parishes eager to start Rwanda's first Rooted in Jesus groups. Ruth Kamatali from the Youth Department was appointed as the Diocesan Coordinator.

Kevin writes that 'it was clear from all we spoke to that this is a Diocese with a clear sense of strategic purpose, underpinned by a deep passion for God and the gospel.'

Manasseh writes:
  1. The conference participants learned about discipleship. They understood Jesus calls for the youth to share the word of God in small groups (Bible clubs) and the practicalities of spiritual multiplication Matthew 28:19 (they learnt that it's good to know the life of group members out side the gatherings)
  2. The youth enjoyed worship and learnt about the work of the Holy Spirit in the sessions held.
  3. The whole delegation was envisioned about the church vision for the youth, youth and children evangelism, and also how to use limited resources available. They accepted to spread the gospel to many others and form Bible Clubs in their churches.
  4. Youth from different parishes at different levels of Education (we had university students) shared their experience.

In January 2014 Manasseh reported:

"It is with pleasure that we wish to update you on what has been done here on ground and how Rooted in Jesus is developing among our youth clubs in Kigali Diocese. We now count 33 groups currently using Rooted in Jesus course and we estimate that more than 274 people are now on the course. 
The groups are found in the following parishes: 

To these figures add 4 groups of students at KIST who recently started using RIJ course whose complete records we haven't yet got. There are some groups that have already completed Book 1 and are looking forward to starting Book 2. These are the following: 1 group in Rutongo parish, and 2 in Nyakayaga, 3 other groups are almost completing the first book.”

In July 2014 a team led by Kevin Roberts returned to Kigali to offer a followup conference. Held again in Kigali Cathedral, it was attended by 19 existing and 85 new group leaders. Kevin writes 'I have rarely seen such energy and passion in the worship of God. It would be easy to interpret this in purely cultural or generational terms, but we sensed that within it something deep and real was happening that spoke of a profound openness to God and to the work of his Spirit.'

Kevin was also able to meet with Archbishop Onesiphore Rwaje to discuss the future development of Rooted in Jesus in the Province.

In October 2015 the Diocese ran two further Rooted in Jesus conferences, the first an introductory one for 48 Mothers Union leaders, the second a followup conference for 54 Youth Cell Leaders. Eight of the Youth Leaders were leading existing groups, and they reported that 16 new leaders had emerged from those groups. Team Leader Kevin Roberts paid tribute to 'the sheer passion and commitment of these young disciples.' The MU groups will be overseen by the Diocesan MU Coordinator, Peace Mukamisha. The youth cell groups will be supported by Eric Habyarimana, head of the Youth Department, and Manasseh Tuyizere, head of the Mission and Training department.

Kevin was joined on the team by Elisha Nkezabahizi, the Dean of Muyinga in northern Burundi and the Rooted in Jesus Coordinator in his diocese; Revd Jo Northey; Pioneer Minister Kristy Pattimore and Revd David Wood (all from the Diocese of Carlisle, UK).


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