Monthly Archives: September 2016

GBU in the new academic year 2016-2017

GBUR being a continuation of the gospel movement in the Rwandan student world, we always move with the academic timeline; after the leadership training to equip new student leaders and the joining of new campus staff, the awaited academic year 2016-2017 has finally started, on the 13th for university of Rwanda (UR) and the 19th for the Integrated polytechnic regional centers (IPRC),  students are back at the campus, for first years it’s a new world totally strange while for others the campus is only full of new faces; anyway for GBU the gospel is still the same and the ministry goes on.

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As first year students try to explore this new world, GBU members offered to lend a hand and show them around the campus and also to use the opportunity to tell them the Good news and about GBU ministry. For this wonderful work, different campuses have adopted different approaches, all with one mission to reach out to new students with the gospel, to equip them into mature disciples of Jesus and to mobilize them to be agents of Godly transformation.

Pascal president of GBU-UR-Remera says: “The whole first week we did change our normal schedule and made the whole week a prayer week with a fellowship daily, so that new students can join the service and see what GBU is like. For the second one we have organized a door to door campaign in student hostels focusing on first years.”

GBU-UR-Remera following a sermon
GBU-UR-Remera following a sermon

Gakuru Gad president of GBU-UR-Rubirizi says: “For us it is a bit different, we don’t have the first year, new students are always from other campuses and our challenge is to integrate them in our context but mostly they have heard about GBU before”

Mugisha Alain president of GBU-IPRC-Kigali says: “In order to welcome new students, this first week we had organized a seminar happening on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with the theme of ‘Building on the true foundation’, thus helping new students to know about GBU and more importantly the true foundation of life.”

Rwagasore Prince President of GBU-UR-Nyarugenge says: “This year it is a bit different, we use to have an induction week for first years only but this year all years started at the same time and we couldn’t devote enough time to the welcoming of new students because the school schedule is already busy. But in spite of all the challenges we managed to organize something to help these students find their way: we made posters with the vision of GBU and its weekly programs and put them on notice boards all over the campus so that students can see them and know about GBU. We are also visiting students in their respective classrooms to tell them about GBU, though due to the poor coordination of first years in first days, the attendance in classrooms is still low. Some of us are also doing a door to door evangelism in campus hostels focusing on first years.”

GBU-UR-Nyarugenge's poster to introduce new students
GBU-UR-Nyarugenge’s poster to introduce new students

Testimony From A Former STEM

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My names are Espoir MWUNGURA, I am a former NUR-Student, Being in STEM program has been Such a good experience, not just another opportunity to serve but also a favorable setting to be restored back in my fellowship with God, given that I had enough personal time with God. I have seen God´s hand as I was ministering in three GBUs of the Eastern province namely: UPU, INATEK and RcoE. During this period of time I learnt many things including: spending enough time with God alone, increasing my dependence on Him and I realized that He Himself deserve more attention than serving Him. I got to know how to live alone, managing the household facilities even the little money I had. I also learnt to be accountable. As for the GBUs there is a discipleship awareness that has been created mainly in GBU-UPU where most of GBU members are eager to grow into Christ likeness through discipleship (mass Bible Studies, and also in small groups) may all the glory be to God.

GBUR mu ruhando rwa GBU zo mu karere k’ Afurika ikoresha igifaransa

Ku itariki ya 20-27 Kanama 2016 i Ndjamena muri Tchad hateraniye inama ya “panafricaine 2016″ Iyi nama iba buri myaka itatu, ihuza GBU zo mu karere k’ Afurika ikoresha ururimi rw’ igifaransa zibumbiye mu muryango wa GBUAF (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires d’ Afrique Francophone). Uyu muryango ufite icyicaro Abidjan muri Cote d’Ivoire, watangiye mu 1968 kuri ubu ukaba ubarirwamo GBU zo mu bihugu bigera kuri 19 harimo n’ u Rwanda.

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Iyi nama yari yitabiriwe n’ abagera kuri 500 bahuriye kuri Kaminuza ya Ndjamena; ibaye ku nshuro ya 4, ije ikurikira iya 2013 yari yabereye Lome muri Togo, iya 2010 Cotonu muri Benin n’ iya 2007 yari yabereye hano i Kigali. Inama y’ uyu mwaka yari ifite insanganyamatsiko igira iti “GBU n’ iterambere ry’ Afurika, ubuhamya bw’ imyaka 50 muri kaminuza zo mu karere k’ Afurika ikoresha igifaransa”. Muri iyi nama hagarutswe cyane k’ ukuri mpamo k’ umurimo w’ ivugabutumwa muri za kaminuza n’ imbogamizi mu myaka 50 umuryango umaze ndetse n’ igikwiye gukorwa ngo hubakwe ejo hazaza heza.

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Asesengura ibyagezweho mu myaka 50 GBU imaze muri za kaminuza zo mu karere k’ Afurika ikoresha ururimi rw’ igifaransa, Dr Daniel BOURDANNE wahoze ayobora umuryango wa GBUAF ubu akaba ariwe munyamabanga mukuru wa IFES (international fellowship of Evangelical Students) yagize ati “Nubwo twari dufite urubyiruko rwinshi, mbese imbaraga zo gukora, yewe n’ amahirwe yo guhanga udushya; iyo usesenguye iyi myaka mirongo itanu, usanga umusaruro udashimishije cyane” Aha kandi Baudelaire DIONOUDJI uyoboye GBU ya Tchad yagize ati “Birakwiye ko abanyeshuli b’ abakristo batozwa gutanga ibitekerezo, bakagira uruhare mu mpinduka mu by’ ubumenyi mu mashami atandukanye”

Avuga k’ ukuri mpamo ku umurimo w’ ivugabutumwa muri za kaminuza, Armand DZADU uyoboye GBU Togo yagize ati “Twebweho biratandukanye, kutagira idini bireze cyane, ubundi ugasanga hari amadini menshi cyane hakaba ubwo ugera muri kaminuza ukaba wagirango abantu bose ni abakristo” Aha Noel DJIEYOU uyoboye GBU Cameroun yagize ati “kubwiriza ubutumwa bikwiye guhinduka ubuzima bwacu bwa buri munsi, atari igikorwa cya hato na hato cyangwa ubumenyi tubitse mu mutwe gusa”

Imwe mu mbogamizi zagarutsweho cyane n’ abitabiriye iyi nama ni ubwiyongere bukabije bwo guta umuco mbonezabupfura muri za kaminuza aho usanga ubusambanyi, ibiyobyabwenge no guhuguza bigenda bifata indi ntera, ibi kandi bikiyongera ku kibazo cy’ ireme ry’ uburezi rikiri hasi.

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Abitabiriye iyi nama kandi bagize umwanya wo kuganirira mu matsinda mato mato ku ngingo zihariye zijyanye n’ umurimo w’ ivugabutumwa muri kaminuza, muri zo twavuga: Ubuhanga bwo gutanga ibitekerezo muri za kaminuza, Ubushakashatsi mu by’ ubuhanga nk’ inzira yo kwamamaza ubutumwa, Kuzamura imitekerereze iganisha ku guhanga udushya, Kwandika nk’ uburyo bwo kugira uruhare mu mibereho rusange, Kwamamaza ubutumwa n’ ubutagondwa bw’ abayisilamu, Umuryango n’ ingengabitekerezo y’ ubutinganyi…

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