Summer Rural Outreach 2018
This Summer rural outreach is being initiated by The Navigators Rwanda, and it intends to equip students and short-term missionaries with the heart and skills of ministry to the lost in rural, cross-cultural context.
In Africa it is estimated that 80% of the population lives in rural areas and it is clear for The Navigators of Africa that we should pay attention to the poor and vulnerable which constitute the majority of our population. To add on this, many Navigator graduates in Rwanda come from rural areas and by the time they finish university they know the gospel but they are not able to pass it on to their family and relatives who live in the rural places; in some cases, they become foreigners to their own people. With all these concerns, the challenge before us is “What can we do to disciple students beyond a campus-mentality type of ministry”? The summer program seem to be the answer to the challenge.
Each day will be different but the main focus will be in one village where we will do evangelism, and follow-up visits and charity work. Concerning charity work, we are still exploring different options. Unlike the cities, rural areas do not have running water and flushing toilets, so that will be quite an experience for the team!
Those that God may lead to come here will have the privilege of staying in rural places, sharing the gospel of Jesus and his kingdom with people who are poor and vulnerable, establish some in the faith, and build long-lasting relationship with Rwandan students.
It will be great experience with God and his people and also to explore the country of a thousand hills and get to learn more about how God can bring healing and reconciliation to the people who were torn apart by the Genocide.