Sunday, 14 October 2007


On Saturday September 22 we baptized 15 new believers. We gathered at 10 a.m. at the ‘Friends Church’ where they have an outdoor tank. Innocent and Hakiza led worship and Pat did the baptisms in Kinyarwanda. A fun time was had by all. Afterwards a celebration was held at our church building and we catered for 200 family and friends of the ones who got baptized. The new extension was full of guests and provided much needed shade for all.

On Sunday morning we had 10 people give their testimonies and it was a powerful time of sharing. Many talked of being set free from alcohol and drug abuse. One man said that after years of being known as ‘drunkard’ he is now known as ‘born again one’ after 1 year of being dry. Another man said that he was made to feel important by Antoine who visited him in his home and ministered to him. He had never found this personal interest in him from a Christian before and after many months of being free of alcohol and drug abuse has now built a house on a plot of land he owned. Another told us of the criminal activities he was involved in and on September 22, 2005 was sent to jail. While in jail his wife became a Christian through our church and began a home group in her house. He began to seek God in prison and was released early on September 22, 2006. When he arrived home and found that his wife had become a Christian and was hosting a small group in their house, he saw this as a confirmation from God that He was really reaching out to him. On September 22, 2007 he and his wife were baptized and the joy of the Lord just flows out of them. There were many other testimonies and great applauds and shouts of joy were heard. It was like Psalm126 come to life.

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

He, who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,

Carrying sheaves with him.

Already classes have begun again with 5 candidates for the next baptism ceremony which will take place in December.