As announced in the previous article, from August 25-30, 2018 GBUR in partnership with GBU-Burundi, GBU-DRCongo with the support of the whole “Afrique Francophone” region of IFES organized a mission conference that brought together evangelical students from Rwanda, Burundi and D.R.Congo: CMAGRAL. We thank God for his provision, those who participated and the impact it made on their lives. Here are few testimonies from participants.
This conference really impacted my life. Especially my personal fellowship with God as the base of mission understanding. I remember the session on Mission and the message delivered by Determine. He was insisting on myself. How do I obey what God commanded before I tell others to obey? I have seen that mission starts with me. And, mission is not about going abroad. I have seen the need to reach nominal Christians. I use to think that all people in Rwanda know Jesus but now I am encouraged to share the Gospel starting with members of my family. All I know now is that I have to participate in missions for nothing else is worthy living for apart from what God created me for.
For me CMAGRAL was more than just studying. I have made new friends. And, from the fellowship with brethren from other countries I have learned a lot. Normally I am shy and it does not come naturally for me to socialize with people at first sight. However, this conference was different. The people were more friendly and flexible. I really enjoyed.
Lastly, through the workshops I saw the reality of what was being talked about. Especially the workshop on Family and missions. I was challenged to see how the whole family participate in mission. It is easier to do missions when your whole family is included. And, this starts from the choice one makes as they choose their spouse. They should choose someone they share the same view on the purpose of living.
Special thanks to those who supported and encouraged me to attend.
–Mbabazi Violette from GBU-UR-Huye
I am Jean Paul Nkundabose. I am born again. I am glad to give you my testimonies about what I have learned in CMAGRAL. Namely in Bible Exposition, plenary sessions and workshops are helpful.
In Bible exposition on the book of Jonah, I was touched by the sovereignty of God and his characters (compassion, loving, and mercy). God is a loving father and compassionate to all peoples. This challenged me for how I consider people around me. Every human being deserve grace.
In plenary sessions, I enjoyed to learn more about mission especially the need for mission. I am very challenged by the task remaining and I recommits myself to consistently pray for unreached peoples. I commit to pray for Australia and the 10/40 window.
Among the workshops, I was touched by “Family and Mission” I learned about how to choose a life partner whom we will be partnering in expanding God’s kingdom. I also enjoyed “reaching nominal Christians”. I have learned how to reach them mainly by living out the truth I believe, befriending them and being flexible and available for them.
First of all, I need to say that it was the best conference I ever attended. It has been of a big help to my life because I have learned a lot from it.
I have enjoyed very much on the Bible exposition on the book of Jonah. I have learned that the story is not about Jonah but about God. I also attended the workshop on mission and the family where I learned to accept God’s invitation to his mission of taking care of my family. I have also discovered that this work in GBU is not my work but God’s work. I am just a simple servant of a great God.
As application, I am praying that God may give me the courage to follow his call and pray for new missionaries because are so few. I am thankful to those who participated in the organization of this conference may God bless you.
–Ingabire Ange From GBU-INES Ruhengeri.