ATN-Rwanda Peace House 2016 3rd Quarter Report – Written by Charlotte Nyirabugingo Peace House Coordinator
We continue to celebrate what God is doing in the lives of His people. God is pleased to see His people turning to Him and experiencing the life of fullness.
As Peace house has the mission of reconciling families, Jesus who reconciled the man to God, is bringing people to Himself. We can’t find words to express our grateful, we are just humbled to be the channel that God uses to bring people to himself.
Peace House is serving street boys, vulnerable girls and girls leaving prostitution, as well as the boys’ families. In the past five years, we longed to see men in this ministry mainly because we serve families with a lot of brokenness. Men fighting with their wives, men who left their families, men who are manipulating weak women….
God is God of all people, men and women. He opened a door for us through one of our former girls who discipled two women who later gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized. Those two ladies used to fight with their husbands in bars. But when they were saved, their lives changed and now they live peacefully with their husbands. The behavior of these women pushed their husbands to join them in a Discovery Bible Study.
The last time we met, one of them invited us to start a Discovery Bible Study with fifty men who are local transporters. This is a great opportunity to minister with this category of men. Pray for us, especially Paulin and Jules, as they will be serving these men. We praise God that the first meeting went well. Some men are thirsty, they are eager to know the Word.
Finally, we thank God for the micro-loans program, the financial change that it continues to bring in the families of the boys. Some of them raise domestic animals like goats, rabbits and others are doing business.
During this quarter, we continued to serve a diverse group of people (117 people in total):
- 10 new boys in our transition house
- 3 street girls in their families: School fees and school materials were provided to them
- 45 former street boys (reintegrated and those who used to be in our day program) have received school fees and school materials
- 10 new girls recruited in our girls program (lunch, stipend were provided)
- 12 parents of the boys we reintegrated in 2015 got micro-loans
- 13 mothers of the new boys (2016) got their 2nd micro-loans
- 11 ladies from Gikomero were visited and trained
- 2 ladies from Mageragere were visited and trained
- Follow-up of 3 mothers in weaving project (Karembure)
- Follow-up of 6 girls in Ndabona girls cooperative (Sonatubes) We are thankful to God for adding men in this ministry.