In the early 1990s, Rwanda had a population that was 95% Christian. Yet when the Rwandan genocide began on April 7, 1994, numerous lives were taken and many hearts lost hope. Where was the comfort? Why didn’t the church intervene? Despite the tragic events of 1994-95, the African Church has learned valuable lessons from its history which has led to tremendous progress in Rwanda.
Since 2000, political stability has improved the nation’s infrastructure which has had a direct impact on the nation’s economy. A significant area of progress has been the presence of women in parliamentary leadership roles; the current elected parliament is more than 50% female which is the highest rate in the world. This is an incredible improvement given that women were mostly victims in the genocides as men were the primary perpetrators.
Churches are at the forefront of leading reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts among Rwandan's. Evangelical Christianity has grown rapidly after 1994. Currently, there are numerous evangelicals in the roles of political leadership, health, education, and nation-building. Although many hurdles remain as Rwanda emerges from the ashes, the evangelical presence is a force in society that should be praised.
Humura Mission Agency (HMA) currently has 13 indigenous missionaries in Rwanda: five are in marketplaces and eight are in church planting ministries. HMA churches are located in the Northern, Eastern, and Western provinces of Rwanda and are overseen by Pastor Pascal Ndagijimana. HMA partners with both existing evangelical churches as well as with church planters who aim to plant new churches. Below are some churches we partner with in Rwanda:
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