Healing, Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies

Our passion is to see Rwanda become a model of lasting peace, unity and light to the nations to the glory of God.

Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide against the Tutsi

More than 60 percent of youth born after the genocide are bewildered, unable to connect what they heard happened and in most cases are affected by secondary trauma or guilt by association need answers about who are we? Where do we come from? How could such a horrible thing happen? What do I do now?

With appreciation to the great effort by different stakeholders for their effort, some victims still need help towards substantial healing, or material assistance for the most destitute.

Released prisoners need more systems to help with reintegration, as most hit a wall and end in drugs and domestic violence. They need to be encouraged to reconcile with victims and find their place in the community. Those who have means should be encouraged to provide restitution, or show at least good will.

The church is still developing the right format and message to set the nation on the path of lasting healing and irreversible peace. The region is also at the greatest need for the healing, reconciliation and stronger integration for mutual blessing and common prosperity.

Programs

Rabagirana Institute for Reconciliation

Powerful healing and reconciliation workshops, leading participants through carefully structured material, have helped many people to face and express their pain, and to move into a restore hope and reconciliation with their neighbour.

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Church and Community Mobilization

We work with local church and government leaders to develop community owned projects, initiatives and cooperatives, in order to empower people to realise their God-given capacity to be their own solution to their problems.

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Rabagirana leadership development.

Combining basic theology with the practical application of bible school providers certificate and equips them to work effectively within their community.

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Ongoing projects

Enable Rabagirana to become a resource center for reconciliation and intercultural studies (CRIS) through offering finances or skilled labor.

Rabagirana has been gathering resources that can help practitioners, students and visitors who are interested in reconciliation. These resources include DVDs of different approaches used by different organizations, booklets, a full database with organizations involved in reconciliation, books, testimonies that can be visualized, symbols of peace and reconciliation, and items with peace and reconciliation messages.

Beautiful stories

Healing and Reconciliation

The journey had been long, but the opportunity finally presented itself. Eliya, a genocide perpetrator, was finally being welcomed back to the community. Families and community members all gathered together to witness this rare occasion, 24years after the genocide. But where did it all start? Ten years ago, Eliya got an invitation to attend a Healing and Reconciliation workshop. It is here that he met Gaston, a man who had miraculously survived a gruesome beating (they used a club full of nails, and damped his body in a ditch) by a perpetrator, a man who had lost over 70members of his extended family to the genocide, and a man who recognized Eliya as the culprit who killed 9members of his wife’s family, in that same period. It was here that Eliya saw Gaston, and it broke his heart. All he could do was fall on his knees, and earnestly ask for forgiveness. Through the Lord’s conviction, Gaston embraced him and forgave him. Gaston later on played the significant role of mediating the reconciliation of Eliya, first with his wife, and later on with his wife’s sister, Denise. Prior to their reconciliation and forgiveness, the thought and sight of Eliya disgusted Denise. She hated him for what he had done to her family. The hate was so extreme to the extent that she didn’t want to fellowship with Eliya in the same church! However, all that is in the past now. Recently a ceremony was organized to welcome Eliya back to the community. A ‘cow of forgiveness’ was awarded to Denise’s mother, to mark a fresh start between the two families.

Community Development

When Pastor Karasira attended the Community development training at Rabagirana in 2016, he realized that God’s mandate for the church is to ‘preach the good news to the poor’ as explained in Luke 4: 18-19. The church is called to be the feet and hands of Jesus here on earth and so it has to be transformational and holistic in its approach. Pastor Karasira went back and encouraged his congregation to do that exactly. He told them to leave the four walls of the church, and go out and be practical with their faith. Today his church has come up with initiatives such as kitchen gardens and other financial cooperatives to help the less fortunate. Recently his congregation decided to go and plough the land of a genocide survivor in their neighborhood. This act of kindness overwhelmed the owner of the land and she immediately gave her life to Christ.

Leadership Development

Peter Sengabire is a university student and a strong leader in his own circles. After undergoing a training in leadership, Peter left with a new understanding. He said: “I used to think being a leader is all about bossing people around. I could not tolerate opposition or even a contradicting opinion. However, this training taught me otherwise. I learnt that leadership is all about service and sacrifice.”

Peter went back and practiced what he had learnt and those working with him all noticed the difference in his behavior. Today, Peter has helped over 100 pastors in his region to undergo the same training.

Our partners

Special thanks to:

We deeply honor Dr Rhiannon Lloyd who obeyed the calling from God to come to Rwanda very few weeks after the genocide without any pre-planned approach but to mourn and seek God with the Church of Rwanda for the way forward, for being an instrument of peace (Matthew 5:9) in God’s hand. Through this dear Sister, God brought healing to many.

Our gratitude goes to all the Rwandans who received the message of healing and reconciliation, and accepted the call from our Lord Jesus, the first Reconciler (Ephesians 2:14-18), to take the message to their families, churches and communities.

We cannot say thanks enough to Mercy Ministries International International for faithful support and continuous capacity building to our teams. Without you, this ministry would have not expanded this far.

We thank all the friends, partners, prayer supporters and groups involved in the work of healing and holistic transformation in Rwanda, the region and the nations.

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