Once a church is built, It is often difficult for some church buildings to be properly maintained to meet building code regulations.
In 2018, the Rwandan government closed 8,000 churches due to new mandates focused on churches that were failing to comply with health and safety regulations. Over the years, many pastors have struggled to keep their churches open due to a lack of financial resources to comply with increased government regulations. Church buildings that are in a poor state of repair are shut down by the government.
To reopen the churches, pastors and congregation members need to complete some of the following projects that require funds of up to $5,000 like putting in a concrete floor, painting the inside walls of the buildings, installing a water tank to collect rain waters as well as gutters to prevent flooding.
When a pastor begins to pray about building a new church, church members living within the community are encouraged to help build the church with their pastors.
Wherever possible, materials and labor are locally sourced and provided by church members living within the community. This gives the local residents and congregation members a genuine sense of responsibility and ownership as everyone has a vested interest in the church building construction project, while also providing an income to support local families.
A church can take approximately two to three months to build, depending on the weather.
First, a trench is dug for the foundation. The foundation is built out of rocks and is waterproofed with sand and cement.
We currently have 13 indigenous missionaries in Rwanda, five of them are marketplace missionaries and 8 are in church planting ministries.
Our churches are located in the Northern, Eastern, and Western provinces of Rwanda.
We have two indigenous missionaries in the Democratic Republic (DR) of the Congo.
They are both church planters and have established churches in the Northern and Southern provinces of the country.
We currently have two indigenous missionaries in Uganda.
One missionary planted a church in the Eastern region and another missionary planted a church in the Eastern region of Uganda.