- Fr. Hart
God is His abounding mercy and unlimited provision and protection continues to uphold and expand ACC MISSION IN RWANDA. The mission that started in September, 2008 with the training of ten elders and started officially with a Sunday Mass on January 4, 2009 has grown to four strong parishes and two small worship centers. In Saint Mark Busumba we opened the center with 10 adults and fifteen children and by February 08, 2009, adult members were 25 and the children 22 and now we have 36 adult members and 32 children.
Some members of Saint Mark, standing for benediction towards the end of Sunday Mass
In Saint John Rwanyakayaga, the place where we bought the land, the center began with 35 adults and by the time we resumed our worship services on February 08, 2009, adults were 42 and the children were 26 and now we have 70 adults and 37 children.
Father Phanuel Munezero administering the blood of Jesus to parishioners at Saint Mark Busumba. This church is two miles from the border of Rwanda and DRC.
Saint Stephen Gihorwe worship center began with 14 adults and 12 children and by February 08, adults were 16 and children were 18 and now we have 20 adults and 22 children.
Father Phanuel Munezero mistering the blood of Jesus to parishioners at Saint Mark ACC Mission
In Saint Francis Butare, the worship center began with 8 adults and 13 children and by February 08, 2009, there were 12 adults and 19 children and now we have 35 adults and 23 children. In addition to this worship centers which have matured to parishes, we have opened two worship centers. The reason was that some parishioners used to walk an average of 14 miles to and from the church every Sunday. Thus, I decided that they remain in their respective places and start worshipping every Sunday. Resultantly, we have two new worship centers in Cyanzarwe and Kirambo.
In the year 2009, God provided for three major needs. We bought two pieces of land for church buildings in Saint John Rwanyakayaga and Saint Francis Butare and we had a humanitarian activity where we distributed beans and maize to parishioners. In this year we got the money to build our first church building in Butare. Due to the growth that we have in our different parishes, we have different needs.
This year we are trusting God to provide funds to buy two pieces of land for our remaining two church buildings namely Saint Mark Busumba and Saint Stephen Kareba and to start building our second church building in Rwanda. We also hope to begin our farming project in all the parishes that we have in Rwanda.
The parishioners of Saint Mark during the mass in a rented demolished building in Busumba.
One of the urgent needs that need financial support is to buy a piece of land for this church and to build a church building. These two are part and parcel of the requirements of the Rwanda Government for ACC Mission in Rwanda to get a civil personality.
As ACC Mission continues to grow both numerically and spiritually we do need enough clergy members to nurture and manage this growth.
These are some of the elders who are undergoing thorough training in ACC doctrines and worship and they are looking forward to being made deacons in April 2010 when Bishop Garang makes an Episcopal visit to ACC Mission in Rwanda.
(Question: The English word "elder" cannot mean in this context πρεσβύτερος (presbyteros) inasmuch as these men are postulants. May we assume it is used for elders of the Rwandan village?
Within an hour the answer came: "Yes, Father, 'elder' is a senior male member of the congregation, with status in the village.")
In the course of the year 2009, ACC mission carried out different humanitarian activities namely distributing beans and maize to the needy parishioners and villagers in our four churches and two centers.
Father Phanuel Munezero distributes beans and maize to parishioners at Saint Mark ACC in Busumba.
However some parishioners and villagers were caught unaware and they did not bring containers to carry their shares of these long-awaited and highly needed blessings.
But this did not prevent them to carry their share because they used whatever was at their disposal. This woman used a piece of her cloth to carry her share.