“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
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.
Article By: Mporebuke Noel