22 March 2008
Muraho (hello), Team Rwanda, just finished Leadership Development Course (LDC) with pastors in Nyabihu, Gisenyi, Rwanda. Ildephonse is the coordinating pastor (oh yeah try to say all these names). He is a voluntary e3 rwanda staff member and very well organized. Over 150 pastors and church leaders attended the conference.
During the evangelism workshop the pastors and church leaders went out into the streets to practice the evangecube. In 45-minutes 232 people accepted Jesus. One man experienced immediate life change. After he prayed to accept Jesus, he handed the pastor his pipe and "weed" saying, "I don't want to this anymore. This is sin."
The people are physically and spiritual hungry. The average person gets 1-meal every 3-days. We feed the pastors and church leaders lunch. Meal time was culturally shocking. The pastors went first and piled shredded chicken, rice, greens (?), sauce, and cows hoof (?) in their bowls like they hadn't eaten in, well, 3-days. When they were done the church leader men were invited to eat. They quickly grabbed the cleanest dirty dishes and attacked the food line. Then after all the men were full the women got their shot, mostly rice (None of the North Americans ate. We wanted the nationals to have all the food).