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31.05.2017 23:00 Category: MINALOC News


Minister Kaboneka poses with the Seventh Day Adventist Rwanda Church Leaders in Nyamata (Photo: MINALOC)

June 01, 2017

The Seventh Day Adventist Church Convention held in Nyamata (Bugesera) committed to work with the Government to eradicate malnutrition in Rwanda. The commitment was made today before the Minister of Local Government, Hon Kaboneka Francis, while officiating the launch of the Union Mission Convention.

From May 31st to June 03rd, 2017, the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Rwanda organized a four days “Rwanda Union Mission Ministerial Convention” bringing together all Church Leaders and Pastors from across the country, totaling to four hundred and seventeen leaders.

The Adventist Church Leaders met to reflect on the Mission of the Church and its responsibility in building the country.

Minister Kaboneka Francis was the keynote speaker at the opening of the Convention. He also gave a presentation on the “Role of The Church in preventing conflicts and Nation building”.

The presentation focused on the responsibilities of the Church in building Unity of the members, Ndi Umunyarwanda and National identity.

Participants discussed about the Genocide against Tutsi in 1994 and the reconciliation process which led to Ndi Umunyarwanda program. They reflected on their conduct before, during and after the genocide against Tutsi in 1994, and they admitted the failure of the Church from preventing and denouncing the genocidal forces in what they called “Collective failure of the Country”.

The Church Leaders pledged to work hand in hand with the Government of Rwanda, because of its efforts in reconciling all Rwandans and its efforts towards unity and reconciliation, inclusive governance and sustainable socioeconomic programs, especially in fighting against malnutrition across the country.

“The Government is happy with the Seventh Day Adventist Church contribution towards unity and reconciliation and sustainable socio-economic transformation, especially in areas of health and education. We want to expand this partnerships towards eradication of malnutrition in our country”, Minister Kaboneka said.

Participants resolved to fight against genocide ideology and any form of divisionism. They also pledged partnerships with the Government in promoting Ndi Umunyarwanda and in fighting both poverty and malnutrition.