Area: 26,338 sq km
A fertile, mountainous country similar to its southern neighbour, Burundi.
Population: 10,277,212 Annual Growth: 2.71%
Official language: French, English, Kinyarwanda. The entire population speaks Kinyarwanda Languages: 5 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Ministry challenges that need intercession:
a) HIV/AIDS is a massive challenge in Rwanda. The prevalence rate is as high as 10% for 14-49 year-olds, and 33% for pregnant women, a ticking time bomb to rob Rwanda of its next generation. SU, Mothers Union, Christian Aid (UK), WorldRelief, WVI, AEE, Solace and many denominational ministries work in prevention and care. Rwanda is often touted as a success story in the battle against AIDS, but much remains to be done. Pray for:
i Education and prevention programmes to reduce this blight. Peoples knowledge about the disease is still lacking.
ii Care for those who already have AIDS, whether to prolong an active life or to ease the passing of those seriously ill.
iii Removal of the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS so that those afflicted do not suffer discrimination and can therefore contribute to rebuilding the nation.
b) The Pygmy Twa are a small ethnic group who live in rural, often primitive, conditions. Many are potters and farmers, since their traditional hunter-gatherer jungle lifestyle is under threat from deforestation and unjust eviction from forest reserves. They suffered acutely during the genocide as innocent victims of the Hutu-Tutsi violence. They are generally poorer and less educated, and are often exploited by others. The percentage of believers among the Twa is lower than other groups. Pray for Rwandan churches and expat missions to minister to this unique but vulnerable group in a humble, sensitive and loving way.
c) Women at risk. Many were widowed by the genocide; others are effectively widowed as their husbands still languish in prison. Between 100,000 and 250,000 were raped, a systematic use of terror that left nearly half of the victims HIV-positive, psychologically traumatized and socially stigmatized. Females tend to have less education and less opportunity for work; as a result, many have fallen into or been forced into prostitution. Pray for more ministries to work with these women; CCCI, Rwanda Partners, Mothers Union, AEE, Solace and others are already doing so.
d) A lack of discipleship and biblical teaching. Many call themselves Christian but lack a depth of understanding of their faith. The prosperity gospel is beginning to extend its influence in Rwanda; churches need trained leaders and laity who can respond to such problematic issues. Teaching programmes such as the Alpha Course can go a long way in building up the body of Christ, which is at risk of adopting an evangelical nominalism. Pray for evangelicals in Rwanda to become mature in Christ, biblically sound and a transforming influence in their nation.
Christian support ministries:
a) Bible and Christian literature distribution offers words of hope to those who suffer. The Bible Society published a modern translation in Kinyarwanda, which is more accessible to those with limited literacy. Poverty and illiteracy limit the impact of literature, so African Enterprise, The Bible Society and others work to increase literacy through programmes as well.
b) Audio resources are therefore vital. GRN recordings are available in all the major languages, and Faith Comes By Hearing distributes solid-state audio players packed with Scripture and Christian teaching.
c) Christian radio. A number of Christian radio stations operate locally. These are supplemented by TWR broadcasts in Kinyarwanda, with programmes designed to minister to the specific needs of this nation. AWR also ministers in this way.
d) The JESUS film has been viewed by over half of the population.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Rwanda.