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21
2015
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Educate Rwanda sends support and encouragement to the church and ministry in Rwanda

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Byron Berry of Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church visits the church in Rwanda to encourage them in their work.

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Participating in the exuberant worship of the Rwandan church.

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Pastors faithfully lead the growing Christian church in Rwanda.

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Moderate weather and faithful followers of Christ accommodate outdoor worship in Rwanda.

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Pastor Esron of the Evangelical Free Church of Rwanda with Byron Berry of Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church during an outdoor worship service as part of the 2014 visit.

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Children play with Pastor Estron at the school in Remera.

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Written by admin in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Aug
04
2014
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trip 2014 day 7

As the days here are drawing to a close the trip is turning more to business than anything else however Esron and I spent some time together again and went to the Rwanda Business Expo. Like the State Fair you can get almost anything on a stick. We stopped in a restaurant tent for a lunch of Fish & Goat Kabobs.

Pray for continued improvement and peace in the country!

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Aug
03
2014
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trip 2014 day 6

Today was an somewhat relaxed day given that is Sunday, with his trustworthy driver Eddie, Esron picked my up and we again headed north this time he promised the road would not be so rough. I was glad to hear that since on Friday we broke something on his Toyota 4×4 because of the rough road. We went to a town called Byumba for worship at a new Church recently planted in that location and because it is now a town the government is requiring that the building be made of a durable material not mud brick. They have the foundation in but nothing else so we Praised God on the top of the mountain with the congregation sitting in the open and the dignitaries under a tarp to keep the sun off us. I read from Matthew 21:28 – 32 and then gave the testimony of how God though Jesus saved me and by the Spirit I have been brought to visit them. Esron preached a very good message from Ephesians 2:1 -8 about the saving Grace of God.

Following the service we were invited to Pastor Jean’s home for lunch consisting of potato, cooked cabbage, beans and peanut stew. The hospitality of people in Rwanda amazes me.

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Byumba that the church would continue to grow and they would be able to finish their building soon, pray for the men especially since very few men come to church even after their wives become believers,  this area practices ancestor worship believing their ancestors can help them in life, they set up shrines to them and when they come to Christ the believers get together and Praising God break down the shrines.

Not that anymore excitement was needed but Eddie got stopped on the way down the mountain for speeding, although I couldn’t tell what speed we were supposed to be going, when the officers saw there were pastors in the car the let us go.

Pastor Gerald (regional lead for that area) send his greetings to MGEFC!

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Aug
02
2014
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trip 2014 day 5

Traveled yesterday to Butaka where we stopped for a worship service at a church that we had provided funds for a roof, I brought them greeting from Maple Grove and complimented them for their great faith because this church started with just a few members and now has 150 adult attenders and let them know that their faith is known to God and now will be know in Maple Grove.

The roads have been improved dramatically however where the improvements stopped it was very rough &  slow travel, making our way over to the high school (COBUE) was at a pace not much faster than walking and Eddie the driver would have to stop occasionally to force the kids away from the vehicle because they would try to hitch a ride on the back.

One young boy is running along side and he says ” umazungo America” (white person) I respond yes and extends his hand and says “money!” to which I answer no money, his final words were “American without money not possible”. This response is all to common here although in Kigali fair skinned people are common enough that you don’t get that reaction, over time I suppose we have created this belief that we = $$ and Rwanda is not the first place for this.

I returned late and went to have dinner it the hotel close by where I ran into a couple of new friends which made it late by the time I walked back to the guest house.

Today I have one meeting at 3:00pm  so I grabbed a Moto (motorbike for hire) and visited the Genocide Museum,it is a very interesting place to visit.

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Jul
31
2014
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trip 2014 day 3

Today was not a busy day but an important one. Beginning with a lunch meeting with 3 brother from California and myself along with Pastor Esron who leads 70 E Free church in the country. It was a fruitful meeting in terms of understanding each other.

I returned to Remera with Esron and got to see the progress on the remaining wall section and I was amazed by the progress in such a short time. Pastor laid out his vision for the property and they are quite ambitious.

I praise God for such faithful and visionary men – like Esron!

Tomorrow we will visit a few places in the north first will be a church we saw three years ago that had been damaged in a storm and had to be rebuilt because it had been originally made with mud bricks, then we will visit a new church just built with hydraform bricks and also some of the latrines that were built two years ago.  The roads get pretty rough up there so it will be a long day.

Pray for Esron, his family and his vision!

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Jul
30
2014
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trip 2014 day 2

It was another beautiful day in Rwanda I walked over to World Relief offices for devotions with the staff and visitors before meeting with R-F-J. It was an eye opening experience to hear about the amount of child abuse that has taken place in just one sector of the country but in many ways it also is encouraging to see people who will avail themselves and commit to doing something.
Following lunch we visited a camp for street boys named Les Enfants de Dieu which means Children Of God, kind of a funny name for a secular camp but it helps these trouble kids to feel they are part of the family of God, 100 kids mostly between the ages of 6 and 17 there are 4 older than that but they have not completed school yet. The Kids actually have to organize and run the camp themselves (with the directors signing off on each expenditure which allows the camp to operate with a staff of 17.
It was a short drive to Gates of Hope where we saw a group of women who where having a meeting on business where they set up financing on a small scale to help
them start and run a business most of these women are the primary supporters of their families. Some of the women have husbands who are in prison because of the genocide and it has a great effect on them and their children who feel shame for what their fathers have done.
The day was completed by a visit to the home of Abel Uwingeneye where we had dinner and heard some stories about the beginning of the Evangelical Free Church in Rwanda.

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Jul
29
2014
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Trip 2014 Day 1

Well it was an full day today several site visits with World Relief at their Church Empowerment Zone in Bugesera about an hour outside of Kigali but first maybe I should fill you in on how I got to this point.

It was raining in Amsterdam which caused a plane change then a gate change and yet another gate change, so we arrived about three hours late, then I learned a couple of  lessons I hope to never forget the first was that the exchange rate for smaller sized bills is nowhere near is if they were large bills the second one is that not all of my phone is functional here and since the flight came in so late it was impossible to get a password for the WIFI so I had no way to communicate with other people here but God is faithful and a ride showed up for me just about the time I finished breakfast.

So back to the day we first stopped and visited with Church Network Committee made up of Pastors from seven different denominations the area who shared how they had seen improvement in the community because of their being united as the body of Christ. Then we saw people from many different churches taking a leadership class on Marriage followed by to home visits with people that have been helped by the empowered church. Lunch finds us in the CEZ (Church Empowerment Zone) office in Bugesera for more sharing and prayer. The afternoon brings a visit to a kids bible study program where the children learn about God and about hygiene followed by a meeting of a Saving for Life where a group of people collectively pool their money and loan it to themselves its a great idea except for the fact we were late and had to pay the fine for a member not being on time 100 rwf each!

Another packed day tomorrow starting with devotions at WR head quarters about a half mile walk away and the day spent with our E Free brothers from California Gary, Brad and Dan.

Written by byronberry in: Rwanda Service Trip 2014 |
Jul
27
2014
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Rwanda Service Trip 2014

As I’m preparing for departure on this visit I have been made aware of how much larger this trip has become than when I first was called to make it. The many people who prayed me off this morning is a blessing in that it assures me that no matter where I go I will be covered by prayer warriors.

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