GBUR, Groupe Biblique Universitaire du Rwanda seeks to contribute with other components of the body of Christ to bring about in Rwanda and beyond the fullness of life promised in the word of God. We prepare students to be agent of Godly transformation in various area of life in Churches and society as God’s calling will lead them. The process continues beyond campus when as graduates they are involved in different professional fields and ministries in churches, Christian organizations, public and private institutions.
To see every Student and Graduate becoming an agent of Godly transformation in Church and Society.
We exist to reach out to students in Higher Learning Institutions of Rwanda with the gospel, to equip them to be mature disciples of Jesus Christ and to mobilize them to be agents of godly transformation in church and society.
The Bible our base of thought and action
Unity in diversity to appreciate our differences as marks of beauty and means of mutual enrichment
Integrity harmony of beliefs and behaviors, of private and public life
People to serve people, not to use them
Excellence offering the best of quality in our service to God and to people
Team work not ‘I’ but ‘WE’ in decision making and service delivery
We focus on students in our programs
We are Evangelical in theology
We are Interdenominational in membership
We are Autonomous in leadership and funding
To achieve its mission, our ministry to the students goes through four lanes that overlap as consecutive stages of development. The four lanes are: Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership development and Cross-cultural missions.
We aim to insure that every person in our field is reached with the gospel and is faced with a personal invitation to receive Christ. We also train our members so that they do evangelism and follow-up of new converts as a lifestyle.
We seek to nurture our members into mature disciples of Christ who live a life based on biblical values and principles.
We equip our members with Biblical principles and skills of leadership to model servant leadership as they prepare to take active part in the social life and in the church. This is done through different leadership opportunity for students, teachings, trainings and conferences.
We develop the awareness of the need and the readiness of sharing the gospel in a cross-cultural context. We want our students not only to be good disciples who live and love the Word of God but also to be ready to share the Gospel and make disciples in a cross-cultural context.
GBUR formally started in 1984 under the name GBU by students of the National University of Rwanda in Butare (the only university by the time). In 1989, the group founded was now structured with stable leadership and even had a fellowship of graduates. The following year, they come up with a name for this fellowship : AGBURWA (Les amis des Groupes Bibliques du Rwanda), deposited a request for legal registration, set up an office and recruited their first fulltime staff: Antoine Rutayisire (with the title National Secretary). In 1994, with the genocide against Tutsi, members and leaders both students and graduates died or took exile. That way, the established leadership and structure in the tomb. By God’s grace, in 1995 as the country resurrected, so did the university and the fellowship of Evangelical students (GBUR). Despite numerous challenges GBUR thrived by God’s grace and in the 2003 IFES world assembly, GBUR (UGBR then) was affiliated.
Here you can read a full version of the story since 1984-2007