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Map of Republic of Rwanda

Republic of Rwanda

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The central African country of Rwanda is a small landlocked country surrounded by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda covers and area of more than 26,000 sq km (10,000 sq miles) and has a population nearing 9 million people. Among the earliest people in the area were the Twa Pygmies, who were displaced by the Hutus who began migrating into the country in the eleventh century. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Tutsi people began to migrate to the area from northeastern Africa, present-day Sudan, and the Hutus lost their primary position. In the nineteenth century Germany laid claim to the area but lost control to Belgium following Word War 1. Independence from Belgium came in 1962. Late in the twentieth century hostilities between the two historic tribes reached new levels. In 1994 a million Tutsis and Hutus were killed and three million fled to refugee camps in neighboring states. Presently the Republic is governed by a transitional legislative body known as the National Assembly.

Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa and a high percentage of the land is arable thus agriculture accounts for 93% of the country’s economic base. In earlier times tea and coffee constituted as much as 90% of the total exports. Cassava, maize, bananas, sorghum and vegetables are grown for food. Over use of land and deforestation of the land are problems. With the tribal warfare the economy suffered and infrastructure deteriorated.

Traditional religions are practiced by about a quarter of the people and include belief in a supreme being or spirit. Ancestors are remembered through sacrifices. Christianity is practiced by nearly three quarters of the population, the majority of these (65%) being Roman Catholic. A small minority are Muslim.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Dave and Jana Jenkins established a Church of Christ in Kigali in 2006. The  property is also home to the Kigali International community school, with 45 students from nine countries and a lengthy waiting list, offers a faith-based curriculum and operates in partnership with several non-governmental organizations and ministries in Rwanda.

Other relief organizations and individuals are known to have given short-term aid in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Kigali International Church of Christ is associated with the International Churches of Christ.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
May 2004

 

Revised by Gary Holloway, August 10, 2017

For further historical reference:

Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.

Contact Information

A. National Office
B. Congregational Information

Dave and Jana Jenkins
B.P. 6612
Kigali, Rwanda
Africa
Website: http://intorwanda.blogspot.com/

For online directories of a cappella Churches of Christ see:
Website: http://www.churchzip.com/otherdirectories.htm

C. Educational Institutions
Kigali International Community School
http://kicsrw.org/
D. Social Service Ministries
E. Magazines/Periodicals
F. International Ministries
G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences
H. Points of Interest