Welcome to beautiful Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, in the heart of East Africa. This is a place of talented people with unlimited skill potential. They are creative and inventive, working within the availability of local resources and the limits of their own personal finances to find the amazing unlimited provisions of God, their creator. What an exciting time to be there and watch the Holy Spirit move through the Christian community and beyond. Visit with me as we observe them in action.
Our guide is Bishop Aynaki Moksi who is a church planter and overseer of many SHARE projects in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I am depending on his report; but making only slight revisions to conform with standard American English. It is debatable whether my revisions are improvements or not!
In the central part of East Africa, specifically Burundi, many Christian leaders have been trained in SHARE Evangelism principles. They continue to put their skills to work in their community, to benefit the community and to witness for Christ. They understand how to use the technology of the moment to turn it into a natural witness.
Those who have developed their own income-producing endeavors are supporting church planting and church buildings. God has also allowed for them to open offices and provide for permanent jobs for Church planters.
This generation has a passion for those who are living without Christ. They continue to work, using their skills to witness and to build churches. A portion of the profit that SHARE Evangelism users receive for their efforts, is given to their churches as tithes and offerings for the support of the work and the building of their meeting place. All Bujumbura residents can potentially benefit. Bishop Aynaki says it best, “This Church was built thanks to the support of SHARE Evangelism users. We are NOT beggars; God uses the weak to be a blessing to others. With God, we can.”
Our guide has chosen to take us on a delightful little side trip for a taste of local culture. The following pictures show traditional dancers, jumpers, and Burundian drummers. Some of them are already trained in SHARE Evangelism and are seeking guidance for using their skills.
Now it is time to get back on the main road again. There is an urgent prayer request from the Burundi Church and Testimony of Christ International Central Africa. The Burundi government, headed by the Minister of the Interior, has just signed into law the destruction of all the churches built of bamboo, trees, and grasses; effective July 1, 2019. Remember that the majority of churches in Burundi are built of bamboo, planks, grass; and some are even built from the rubble of the fields. Our churches and those of our partners will not be spared.
We need your prayers. This challenge does not scare us because Jesus has commanded us to disciple and evangelize. He was not joking. We know that our God will provide for our needs and that as church planters we have all the funds we need through God’s immeasurable riches. Stay with us in prayer.