The Land of a Thousand Hills
by Dan Kamwesa, Missions Coordinator/High School Pastor at Granada Heights
In early September, I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with our teaching pastor, Ed Morsey, and retired Talbot professor, Tom Finley. The purpose of the trip was to participate in the Back to the Bible Conference. The BBC was a five-day conference led by Ed and Tom on how to teach through the prophetic books, using the book of Daniel as a template. In attendance were about 80 pastors from Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. This conference was organized by TLAfrica (Transformational Leadership Africa), a ministry ran by one of Granada’s missionaries Dr. Fautsin Ntamushobora and his wife Salome.
We spent the first night in the capital city of Rwanda. Kigali is a beautiful city in Central Rwanda that prides itself on its cleanliness and growing popularity among the East African countries. Unfortunately, this beautiful city is borne out of one of the darkest times this world has ever seen, the Rwandan Genocide. We got a firsthand look at what this period of time was like by visiting the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. This was a harsh reminder of what man is capable of apart from Jesus.
After our short time in Kigali, we traveled north to Musanze, commonly known as Ruhengeri. Located in Musanze is the main office of TLAfrica and the site of the future Thousand Hills University, the first Christian University in all of Rwanda. Dr. Ntamushobora’s dream is quickly being realized as the process to one day open the university’s campus is well under way.
One of the highlights of the trip for me was the privilege to preach at a church plant in the village of Kinihira. Rwanda is nicknamed “the land of a thousand hills.” This is very true when it comes to Kinihira as we had to climb many hills and two hours in a small van to reach this village. The church in Kinihira was planted out of the ministry of TLAfrica. Less than two years ago, TLAfrica reached out to Granada asking for funds to buy land in order to plant a church in Kinihira. Meanwhile, a dear sister of ours, Leslie Moore passed away but one of her wishes was that the proceeds from the sale of her belongings would go to TLAfrica. After multiple yard sales, there was a profit of $2000. The amount that TLAfrica needed to purchase the land for this church plant was…that’s right, $2000! God provided in a miraculous way and I had the great privilege to represent Granada by sharing from the Word.
The next five days were spent going through the book of Daniel chapter by chapter and sometimes verse by verse. Ed and Tom poured out their expertise and wisdom as each of the pastors soaked in the information. The goal was to illuminate the scriptures to each individual so that God may use them as messengers within their congregations and communities.
As I have reflected on this trip for the last month and a half, I have often thought about the fact that I spent the first eight years of my life in Kenya and had never crossed the border to another African country until this trip. I’m greatly thankful for this trip and how it deepened and expanded my love for the continent of Africa and its people. There is so much beauty and potential that is yet to surface. I believe that will only become a reality with a dependence of the work of the Holy Spirit in individuals like Faustin and Salome and organizations like TLAfrica to create movements that are biblically inspired and grounded in Jesus Christ.