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CMAGRAL 2018 – Discovering God’s mission in our context

August 25-30, 2018; Rwanda will host CMAGRAL, a mission conference that brings together evangelical students and graduates from Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern DRC. CMAGRAL was premiered in July 2008 and this year it is the 6th edition under the theme “Discovering God’s mission in our context.”

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In this CMAGRAL 2018, Bible Exposition will be from the book of Jonah to discover God’s missionary heart from Eden to eternity. The exposition will be done by a team of three speakers from Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire and Mauritius.  Plenary sessions will cover misunderstandings of missions, the motive, the message, and the need for missions in the great lakes. Workshops will cover different topics including: partnership; international student ministry; cross-cultural evangelism; Christian response to violence; scripture engagement; family, studies, church and missions.

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CMAGRAL is also a special time to meet students and graduates from different areas, campus and countries make new connections, exchange experiences and testimonies and discuss issues that we face in our local groups.

What can you do now?

As a student or a graduate planning to attend, hurry up and register to secure your place. Registration in done online following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/J9p8pmGxHNfr9dPw1 After you have secured your place, you will need to pay the registration fees (5,000 RWF or 5 USD for students and 10,000 RWF or 10 USD for graduates) and the conference fees (10,000 RWF or 15 USD for students and 20,000 RWF or 20 USD for graduates). All fees are paid through your GBU or National office.

As an organization you can contact the coordinator to support the conference and gain a post to promote your ministry to the participants. We are expecting around 150 students and graduates from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Cote d’ Ivoire, Mauritius and Benin.

Do not forget to share this article with your friends and family. You may not attend but you can help someone else to attend either by sharing the information or paying for him/her.

For more details please contact the conference coordinator
Mr. Theoneste Nzogiroshya
Phone: +250 788 771 576
Email: ntheo83@gmail.com

God’s faithfulness in a changing University

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With the start of the academic year 2017-2018, the University of Rwanda, the only public and the largest, announced the shifting of its schools and colleges to new campuses. Students in the same college or school were to study in the same campus. This implied the closing of some campuses, as well as the shift of students from one campus to another.

The implication to GBUR

For the closed campus, it meant the closure of GBU. While for the remaining campuses, it meant the loss of members as they shift to other campuses and the gain of new members as they join these campuses. These changes led to the closing of GBU in 5 campuses of University of Rwanda namely: Nyamishaba, Byumba, Kibungo, Rubilizi, and Nyagatare Nursing & Midwifery.

God’s faithfulness

Considering these changes, GBUR was concerned with the continuity and stability of student ministry. But, God in his faithfulness has sustained his work.

Theoneste, the student ministry coordinator says: “We are grateful to God. In his faithfulness, he had sustained the ministry. In amidst of these changes, Students from the closed GBUs managed to join GBU in their new campuses. And, we could see a great sense of ownership of the ministry by students. In some campuses, everyone could be new at this campus, yet students managed to seek one another and get together for a fellowship.”

Onesphore, a campus staff, added: ” while we were in a meeting, one student who was new at the campus, asked: ‘how can a GBU exist without Discipleship?’, and the leader answered ‘what is that Discipleship thing you keep talking about and what can it take to get one here?’ It was so amazing to see how students with different background sharpened one another. I would say that these changes tore down some strongholds that would have taken years.”

Challenges and prayer request

The reallocation of students in different campuses come with challenges to both students at the campus and the whole GBUR as a student ministry in General. Here is what you can pray for:

  • Integration: some students are yet to integrate in GBU at their new campuses
  • A heart for the lost: for students to keep reaching their fellow students instead of just enjoying the fellowship
  • GBUR: to keep up with the changes in the education system of Rwanda

Student Ministry Impact -Testimony of Onesphore

I am Onesphore Hakizimana a graduate from UR-Nyagatare campus, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM). In my final year, I felt God calling me to serve him in student ministry. I was scared because I thought to work for GBUR one has to be perfect whom I was not. I was struggling with time management and there were many things which I could hardly understand how they fit in the Christian life. However, Joining STEM was an opportunity for me to be firmly established as a disciple.

My first time at the campus

September 2016, I went back to the campus not as a student but as a GBUR campus staff.  I was passionate but with no idea where to start. I didn’t know how to plan and I couldn’t imagine what I was going to be doing with all the hours in the day while students are in class.  However, the dilemma didn’t last for long, few days later, what I thought was much time couldn’t be enough for all that needed to be done. I had to learn to plan and prioritize.

The Lord at work in me and through me

This year, I experienced the Godly transformation we dream of in me and the students around me. Through consistent and meaningful morning devotions, God dealt with every one of my confusions. Preparing and facilitating different trainings put me in a position where I could doubly enjoy the life transforming truth shared in them. Seeing students’ lives being transformed through GBU activities helped me to better understand the great commission and GBUR ministry as its application. I thank the Lord, in my financial struggles, he taught me what it means to live by faith; and He has been faithful to provide for me even through ways I couldn’t expect.

Conclusion

With this year spent in STEM, I have learned to trust and obey God. I no longer ask for many confirmations in order to do what God wants me to do, all I ask, is how I can fit in.  Where God leads he provides. I have also learnt that what Jesus needs is not for people to know many things about him but rather to live everything by him and for him. Considering the work among students, I have prayerfully committed myself for another year in STEM program. Finally, I thank all my partners and GBUR staff for their support in this last year. God Bless You.

Facilitating a training at UR-Nyagatare

Facilitating a Disciple makers training at UR-Nyagatare

Attending leadership training at GBUR office

Attending leadership training at GBUR office

With Students at UR-Nyagatare

With Students at UR-Nyagatare

 

GBUR commemorated the genocide against the Tutsi

God protected us so that today we may testify that he is all powerful” these are the words of Mr. Michel Kayitaba a genocide survivor who delivered the word of God in the genocide commemoration event organized by GBUR  on Friday May 26, to remember its members who died in the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994. GBUR, Groupe Biblique Universitaire du Rwanda, is an interdenominational and autonomous Christian organization which is affiliated to the international Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). It gathers Christian students and graduates from high learning institutions29

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GBUR’s evening to remember was organized for the fourth time. It is organized to pay tribute to GBUR members who were killed during the 1994 genocide perpetrated against Tutsi, most of whom were killed together with members of their families, to equip GBUR members with biblical principles against genocide ideology and divisionism, and to comfort the survivors of genocide; Reflecting on their lives and their inheritance to GBUR ministry.

The genocide against Tutsi took many of founding members of GBUR. GBUR had started only 10 years earlier in 1984. This event was marked by the sharing of testimonies from those who have lived closely with the victims to whom GBUR is paying tribute. “From this man, I have learnt what it means to put into practice what I learn from the Bible.” said Mr. Francois sharing about Mr. Kitoko Thomas one of the victims remembered.

In his speech, Mr. Albert Mabasi, the chairman of GBUR, after comforting genocide survivors and thanking God for a safe country and good leadership that give equal chances to all Rwandans. He emphasized the vision of GBUR which is “to see every student and graduate being and agent of Godly transformation in church and society” he said:

GBUR is not affiliated to neither religion nor political party, I emphasize this to our members, so that we recognize our identity, Bible is our basis, and the transformation we are to bring is not on intellectual basis or moral basis but rather the word of God. Francois has tackled on it, in the testimony of the late Thomas, saying that he told him ‘it was time to put into practice the word of God they had learnt.’ In GBUR we fight against Genocide ideology and any sort of divisionism, and healing and reconciliation is part of our discipleship program. For our members to heal from historical wounds.”

In this evening, Mr. Athanase Nsengiyumva an envoy of CNLG, the National commission for the fight against Genocide, delivered a message, about genocide, genocide ideology, those who deny the genocide and a message for genocide survivors.   “We are not survivors because we were better than those who died; it’s the grace of the Almighty, but a great responsibility too. To be a genocide survivor is a sign that there is a special mission that God wants you to accomplish before you die. Do you know that mission? If you really know it, how are you working to accomplish it? I request survivors not to ignore their lives, to redeem the time, and live.” He added.

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Article By: Mporebuke Noel

I have came to discover that Discipleship is a command

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My name is MURWANASHYAKA Emmy. I am a member of GBU in UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA Nyagatare campus. On March 4, 2017 we had ‘DISCIPLEMAKERS TRAINING’ with Silvas, a missionary from Kenya, as a member of GBU, I attended the training and from this training, after we red Matthew 28:19-20 where Jesus has given a command to ‘go and make disciples and teaching them to obey what he commanded us’. I have came to discover that “Discipleship is a command” which means that as a born again, if I am not discipling anyone, I am sinning against God. This made me realize how I have been sinning because I didn’t disciple anyone but now I know I have to start up.

I have also come to realize the fact that there is a cost of discipleship, after having a free salvation, discipleship cost, and every christian should be ready to endure that cost. Another thing is that discipleship and evangelism are not just exposing scriptures to someone but rather sharing with him or her the life you live as a Christian.

Praise the lord for the impact the training had on us.

Testimony, First step in reaching and discipling people with disabilities

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My name is Enos TUMUSIME, a member of GBU in UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA Nyagatare campus. On March 12, 2017 we had a seminar on ‘ HOW TO REACH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES’ by Erin Powell.

Before this seminar, I was considering people with disability as those who were created to perish because I was thinking that it is not necessary to preach to them because I considered them as if they can’t even receive Christ due to their abnormalities, but I thank God  that through Erin’s teaching, He opened my eyes to this people. I have come to discover how much God loves them. They are also created in God’s image, and for a purpose in his love. As much as I struggle to reach others with the gospel, I should also consider people with disabilities because Christ died for them too.

We Christians should look for every possible way to reach out to those people with disabilities in much the same way we reach other people, even more because most of the time these ones are rejected by the society, unfortunately even by Christians or church leadership. But I thank God opening my eyes to see his plan and love upon people with disability. May God help me to reach them as I reach others. I do encourage my fellow Christians to consider people with disabilities as they do with other people. Bless You!

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DISCIPLEMAKERS TRAINING

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On 4th march, we had a training of disciplemakers with brother Sylvus.

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In GBU Nyagatare campus, those students were not many but each one was ready to give his or her contribution to hold a small discipleship group of at most 4 students.IMG_0155So, in this training we understood our responsabilities in those groupes and what to do so that every students who will pass in them will benefit from them. We studied what is discipleship, what to give in discipleship and the cost of discipleship. IMG_0157 IMG_0169 IMG_0174 IMG_0176 IMG_0177we thank the lord in Jesus name for the work he is doing in us.amen

 

 

below is a testimony on this training

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My name is MURWANASHYAKA Emmy, a member of GBU in UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA Nyagatare campus. On March 4, 2017 we had ‘DISCIPLEMAKERS TRAINING’ by Silvas. As a GBU member I attended that training and I came to know that after having a free salvation, discipleship cost, means when I was saved and I am not discipleling then I am sinning against God. According to what I heard in that training, I have been sinning because I didn’t disciple anyone but I learnt that I have to start up.

Another thing is that discipleship and evangelism are not exposing scriptures to someone but sharing the life we live as Christians. Then after we red Matthew 28:19(the great commission where Jesus has given us to ‘go and make disciples and teaching them to obey what he commanded us’). Then I had to start making disciples and teaching them to obey the lord. Praise the lord for the impact the training had on us.

 

God’s Faithfulness, GBU-KCT

Also known as IPRC Kigali, KCT stands for Kicukiro College of Technology, this college houses the faculty of Technology the level of diploma as it is for all Integrated polytechnic regional centers (IPRC) of Rwanda. In this campus located at Kicukiro there is an evangelical students movement affiliated to GBUR, known as GBU-KCT. The following is a brief overview of what have been going on in GBU-KCT since the begining of the 2018-2016 academic year in September 2016.

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Students and ATSs after DTP

In order to welcome freshers, GBU-KCT introduced an induction week, where they reach out to freshers with the gospel and offering to show them the way in different aspect of life at the campus, with this induction week around 20 students joined GBU. Once the students had settled, a discipleship training program was organized in which 17 said yes to Jesus and joined a discipleship class, meeting once every week the discipleship class has a regular attendance of around 20 participants!

 

Some of Those Who received Jesus

Some of Those Who received Jesus

Meanwhile GBU activities continued such as training and seminars: seminar on devotional life 16th October, training on understanding GBu ministry on the 22&23 October,  Introduction to the Book of 1 Timothy seminar, Professional excellence and academic performance seminar, and a training for leaders of small group of bible study

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Small group leaders after a training with facilitator ATS Betty(left with a Bag)

Finally last Saturday on 17th December, there was a training about Mission awareness, where participants were introduced to the plan of God and His global purpose, these served to sensitize them about the need and mobilizing them to get involved in missions.

Students attending a mission awareness seminar

Students attending a mission awareness seminar

Thank God For His Faithfulness

The Christian life is always going to the basics of Christ, only for more!

If you have heard a testimony of a newly convert Christian it might have come about something like “I didn’t know Christ, now I thank God I have known him”. And if you ask “what major benefit of having met Christ have you enjoyed most?” he/she might answer: “oh the joy of being forgiven, of being accepted as righteous before God just because of believing in Christ! I now stand not on my merits but on His.” Then if you are a typical Christian of long age in the LORD, you might respond, “lucky you young man, you got the Christian basics right. Now you are well started to pursue deeper things of the Spirit!”

Paul had certainly experienced Christ that way when he collapsed under his power on the road to Damascus. He was then in his 30s.  Ever since, you can be sure he was pursuing the ‘deeper things of the Spirit’.  Things beyond the basics, beyond mere ‘knowing Christ’, mere ‘righteousness from God’.

By the time He writes to the Philippians, he was in his 60s. He had invested 30 years of prayer, study, meditation, and service. Wouldn’t you expect him to have graduated these ‘basics of Christ? Even if it were to take him some years to master these basics, a few years would have sufficed. Take this ‘knowing Christ’ for instance, certainly no field of knowledge takes 30 years of search without coming to some confident sense of ‘I know this’!.

And this righteousness from God also called Justification. “Paul, you are a master in this! You have even written a treatise-letter about it to the church in Rome. Is there anything yet to still learn about it?”

And yet, and yet, when he writes the Philippians, it feels he is just in first grade. Listen: 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

“Paul? Don’t you know him? You once said you have been in the 3rd heaven and heard things not permitted to man to hear!( 2Cor.12:2).  Even Kings acknowledged you are very learned in these matters (Acts26:24). And don’t you know his power? You have yourself been transformed, you have raised the dead, you have seen people falling on their knees at the preaching of His word, even a cloth you have touched would heal people (Acts 19;12)! What kind of power of him you have not experienced?”

He would just calmly reply: “yes I know. On the road to Damascus I knew him. But oh how unsearchable he is. I just still want to know him. The more I know him I just find I have not begun to know him. He is always more than I can know. And there is always more of his righteousness to own and more of my righteousness to let go! Did I tell you that I was united with him. O surely! But I still want to be united with him even in his sufferings and his death! Because then, I will be united in his resurrection even as I live on.  I will be a ‘walking resurrection’!”

He is in effect telling the Philippians, brothers, never think of me as having ‘graduated’ the basics of Christ. I want to know him and be found in him having his righteousness that comes by faith, not of my own, i.e that my knowing him  be more authentic, my righteousness be totally of him not of my own. It’s what worship leader Don Moen sings: ‘More of you…and Less of Me’!

What does he do to progress in these basics of Christ? one simple thing: “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Phil3:13b). It’s an approach that everyone can afford. Surely anybody can forget! And go for what is ahead.

So my friend ‘Mature Christian’, come back to the basics. With Paul we discover, to progress in the deep things of the Spirit is to go deep in the basics. And by the way that’s the way of maturity. ‘Let those of us who are mature think this way’! This is the measure of a healthy Christian life.

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Seminar on devotional life at UR-Nyagatare

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It was on November 20 with Bora Francois, a graduate from GBU-UR HUYE. To help us understand what is a devotional life the facilitator took an example of lovers, and illustrated how hard they work to maintain their relationship, using various ways, and different love languages, and he emphasized on “Quality time” which is the time lovers set apart for them to able to just be together. From that, using biblical examples, he explained how the relationship with our God also needs “Time” and how God’s people managed to live a life full of those quality time with God: a devotional life!

“Living a developing a devotional life is n’t an easy thing” He added “But with discipline, it is possible and considering the results it’s worthy!” Using an example of an athlete the facilitator explained how even the things that seems almost impossible are feasible with exercises and discipline.

Thank God For His Mercy and Provision In This Seminar!

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Bora Francois The Facilitator (on first row right)