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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Children and young people were deeply scarred by the events of the 1990s, but they are now the young adults and future leaders of Rwanda. They carry a painful legacy and difficult burdens no young people should have to bear. Pray for:
a) Ministry to university students. Most GBU(IFES) Bible study leaders lost their lives, but a new generation of workers is being raised up. CCCI also ministers in the universities and many colleges. Pray for more workers and resources for the task.
b) Young peoples ministries, such as Scripture Union, AEE/Rwanda(AE), YWAM, YFC, Moucecore, Solace Ministries and Christ for the Nations Ministries, which work across denominations. Bible reading programmes, prayer groups, youth camps, alternate education programmes, AIDS awareness as well as assisting orphans, street kids and child heads-of-households are all aspects of current work.
c) Orphans from genocide, war and AIDS may number up to 900,000 30% of all Rwandan children. There are over 30,000 child-led households caring for 100,000. They are the most vulnerable to exploitation. Pray for:
i Counselling for those who witnessed or suffered traumatic experiences and for those who must live without parents. Their numbers are vast, their pain is deep and the church is still learning how to offer such ministry.
ii Social networks such as the extended families of these children to offer love, mercy and kindness to them, treating them as their own. Pray also for friends for these orphans; 74% say they have none, and 40% feel life is meaningless.
iii The children of genocide perpetrators. Pray for the breaking of any ties that might carry on the legacy of guilt and violence; pray for freedom in Christ and a new identity.
iv Models of family and community, which these children have not experienced. Pray for churches, ministries and relations to teach and show them how to live as part of a family, a community and a society in a manner that glorifies God.
Missionary presence continues to increase. There is also a growing host of NGOs helping with development work. Government policy has been instrumental in assisting the increase of evangelical missionaries, as has the establishment of a Christian international school in Kigali (KICS). Notable agencies include the Churches of Christ, CMS, AoG, Baptist groups, Evangelical Friends, WVI, Compassion, AIM, IJM, WV, Rwanda Partners and the well-publicized PEACE plan of Saddleback Church. Conditions can be emotionally harrowing, especially when engaging those most affected by genocide and by AIDS. The need is still great for counselling and reconciliation ministries, discipleship and church work, education, health, income generation and much more. Pray that ministry might empower Rwandans rather than create dependency; pray also that the many programmes and workers might reach beyond Kigali and into the villages and rural areas.
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.