To grow in relationship and partner together as brothers and sisters in Christ to build God’s kingdom together.
Redeemer’s connection to the Karangazi Parish in Rwanda stems from our Anglican formation as Rwanda’s mission to America. In 2004, Archbishop Kolini initiated Sister-to-Sister partnerships to foster cross-cultural relationships and ministry alliances between Anglican Mission churches and Rwandan parishes. These partnerships have helped build relationships between parishes as well as individuals, priests and bishops. The relationships are mutually beneficial and are an expression of the one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic Church.
Relationship is the basis of Redeemer’s connection to the Karangazi Parish. Face-to-face meetings with our sister parish accelerates and deepens relationships and gives clarity in understanding one another’s real needs. Projects may dissolve, but relationships last forever.
During our annual visit to the Karangazi Parish, we visit with, pray for, and learn from our fellow church members. We assist with an annual theological education conference for pastors, learn about the painful history of the Rwandan Genocide, contemplate reconciliation, and meet with others to dream about how we can all use our gifts to help each other.
The Karangazi Parish also partners with Compassion International, and Redeemer is involved in sponsoring several children within the parish. Redeemer’s children’s ministry sponsors two children, Dan and Ruth, and many members of the congregation sponsor other children in Rwanda. Some members have even had the opportunity to visit the children they sponsor while visiting the Karangazi Parish.
Interested in joining us on our next trip in May 2020 or looking for ways to get involved? Email Rachel Yowell to get more information!
Their lives are far more relational than ours, and perhaps because this has come through a kind of resurrection, their resulting joy and fellowship are more genuine. What I saw through the Rwandan people in that regard was a picture of God’s Kingdom.
Hannah Umhau’s reflection on her trip to Rwanda in 2019