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Bishop nathan amooti’s enthronement ceremony

Our beloved founder, Bishop Nathan Amooti, was reappointed from the Cyangugu Diocese to the Kigali Diocese on August 18, 2019. With this reappointment comes great responsibility, as Kigali has a population of over 1.2 million people! This opens up an entirely new population to share the word of Jesus with.

From The New Times Rwanda, Hudson Kuteesa

“The newly ordained Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Kigali, Rev. Nathan Amooti Rusengo, has said that he will put emphasis on the use of digital platforms in evangelism as he sets sight on endearing the gospel towards the urban youth.  

Officially ordained yesterday by fellow bishops, Rusengo replaces the long-serving, Louis Muvunyi, who has been Bishop of Kigali for about nine years.

Muvunyi relinquished his position following a request from fellow bishops who requested him to pursue a PhD after which he will head a new theology school that the church plans to set up in about four years.

Rusengo has been serving as the bishop of Cyangugu Diocese. He is not new to the Kigali Diocese having served as a pastor as well as a secretary in the Diocese before he moved to Cyangugu.

The enthronement ceremony involved prayers for the new bishop by Christians, as well as vows from him that he will serve in reverence of The Lord.

Speaking after his enthronement, Rusengo highlighted the need to stream the gospel through various digital platforms to be able to reach different urban audiences.

“I will pay attention to urban evangelism. You see Kigali is changing, and not Kigali alone but Rwanda as a country. Things change one by one, little by little,” he said. “Roads are changing, houses are changing and (the use of) technology has increased which means that the way we used to approach people with the gospel needs to change. We need to learn to speak to people via WhatsApp and YouTube. We need to think for a way how we can change evangelism to reach these urban populations.”

The bishop echoed the need for positive changes in the church’s infrastructure,

“There are some church facilities that don’t glorify God. We need to upgrade them. If you (Christians) have upgraded your own houses, why don’t we upgrade the house of God?”

Rusengo also stressed that he will work on the education of pastors.

Outgoing Bishop Louis Muvunyi thanked Christians and pastors of Kigali Diocese for standing with him and his family for the time of his service.

“When I became a pastor, I didn’t know that I would be a bishop but God made me one in a surprising and pleasing way,” he said.

Kigali Diocese is one of the 11 Dioceses of Anglican Church of Rwanda. It has six Archdeaconries with 41 parishes, 192 local churches.

The Diocese operates in three districts of Kigali city—Nyarugenge, Kicukiro and Gasabo as well as two districts of Eastern Province—Rwamagana, Bugesera. This is in addition to Rulindo and Gakenke districts in the Northern Province.”

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The students in our sponsorship program enjoyed having their pictures taken and striking a pose!

Waco HospITAL DONATES BEDS TO RWANDA SHINES

From KCEN-TV News Channel 6, Jasmin Caldwell

“WACO, Texas — Ascension Providence, which describes itself as a "faith-based healthcare organization,"  partnered with a Waco church to send its used beds to Rwanda after it bought new medical beds for its facilities. 

First Methodist Waco volunteers assisted in shipping the beds from Waco to the Cyangugu and Kigali regions of Rwanda, where they will be used. The volunteers loaded the beds onto four semi-trucks Friday.

"We value our partnership with First Methodist Waco, as both organizations have a shared mission to improve the health of individuals and communities," Philip Patterson, president of Ascension Providence, said.

First Methodist Waco's lead pastor, Rev. Ryan Barnett, is on the board of directors for Rwanda Shines, a San Antonio-based nonprofit focused on helping the people of the East African country. 

Barnett announced the church's commitment to shipping the beds from Ascension Providence to Rwanda.

"First Methodist Waco has a close relationship with the people of Rwanda," Barnett said. "Our church sponsored the construction of an entire church complex and primary school in Cyangugu and many of our members sponsor Rwandan children to attend the Star School in Kigali."

Rwanda Shines partners with Rwandan leaders to help find people who can help overcome the genocide the country experienced in 1994, when more than 800,000 people died in just 100 days.

The nonprofit focuses on access to healthcare, education and church building.

Barnett said the donation of medical beds is greatly needed.

“Health care in Rwanda remains a critical need," Barnett said. "We have seen multiple people sharing a single hospital bed. This gift from Ascension Providence will dramatically improve the quality of care for people who have endured great suffering.”

Barnett said he estimates the total cost for shipping the beds will be around $75,000. Those funds are being raised through the Rwanda Shines donor network.

Rwanda Shines estimates the value of the in-kind contribution to be nearly $850,000, making it one of the largest contributions the non-profit has seen.”

Bishop Nathan Travels Back To The United States

We welcomed Bishop Nathan back to the United States after the opening of the cathedral in January.

Bishop Nathan Amooti's visited:

Thomasville United Methodist Church, Thomasville, GA

First Methodist Waco, Waco, TX

United Methodist Church, San Antonio, TX

Cyangugu Cathedral is Complete!

After two years of prayer and construction, the incredible cathedral it officially opened! The official ribbon cutting took place on January 20, 2019 and was inaugurated by our very own Bishop Nathan Amooti! Take a look at these wonderful pictures!

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South Texas Welcomes Reverend Nathan Amooti

Rwanda Shines welcomes Bishop Nathan Amooti back to Texas with a spring tour through Waco, San Antonio, Gonzales and Kerrville. Please make plans to join us at one of these great services. 

Bishop Nathan Amooti is supported by:
First Methodist Church of Waco, University United Methodist Church, First Methodist Church Gonzales, and First United Methodist Church of Kerrville.

November 2017 Reverend Nathan Amooti Visits The Woodlands, Texas and Waco, Texas

Rwanda Shines welcomes Bishop Nathan Amooti to The Woodlands and Waco for the first time! He will be here between November 7th and November 19th. This trip he will be introduced to two new cities and will have the opportunity to share his testimony at each location. 

Bishop Nathan Amooti Schedule - ALL ARE INVITED

Sunday 11/12 /17 
The Woodlands UMC
2200 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Harvest Evening Service - 5:30pm 

Saturday 11/18/17 
First UMC, Waco
4901 Cobbs Dr, Waco, TX 76710
Saturday Night Service - 5:30pm 

Sunday 11/19/17 
First UMC, Waco
4901 Cobbs Dr, Waco, TX 76710
Morning Services - 8:15, 9:30, and 10:50am

January 2017 Cyangugu Cathedral Reaches for the Sky

The building is taking shape. As Bishop Nathan shared with us recently, "the roof is starting in February". Here are some of the recent photos of the construction. God's blessings in action. 

 
 

January 2017 Hospital in Nyakabuye and Bugarama get their Footing

Here are some of the photos from the foundation day at the hospital in Nyakabuye and Bugarama. The Mayor joined Reverend Nathan Amooti and the Deputy Minister of Local Government, who was visiting from Kigali, watched the workers. Cyangugu is grateful for all the support in prayer and financial gifts from Rwanda Shines.

 
 

November 2016 Cyangugu Diocese Builds New Cathedral with Rwanda Shines Support

Great progress is being made on the new cathedral building. Bishop Nathan updated us recently with these photos and words, "You will be impressed by how many people that are working. At the cathedral building there is not one single machine, people are doing everything by their own hands. This means that all these people get paid at the end of each day. Therefore, money filters in the community and helps raise family income thus boasting the country's economy."

As well precautions are made in the earthquake prone area to build safe structures. More pilings are needed and springs are used to give the building room to flex during the prolonged aftershocks of a major earthquake. 

 
 

July 2016 New Hospital gets Shot in the Arm 

A true gift from the heart. Reverend Ryan Barnett shares the news that Philip Earnest, owner of Earnest Roofing in Kerrville, Texas, is donating the profits from the roof replacement job recently completed at Rev. Ryan's church to the new hospital project in Rwanda. Mr. Earnest heard the story of our work in Rwanda last year when Bishop Nathan was in Kerrville explaining the mission and impact of the Rwanda Shines work in the Changugu Diocese.  This chance meeting has blossomed into a tremendous gift that help fund a  medical facility in the area. Here are some of the progress photos.