In May, Rwanda Yearly Meeting signed a contract with a construction company to purchase and install all the 35 lightning rods that were required by government decree. Unfortunately, the company had to import the material from China and this took more time than expected, but the installation is now 70% complete.
Cecile Nyiramana, Clerk of Rwanda Yearly Meeting, reports: “Fifty-nine churches were closed in March, and today 42 have been reopened. We thank God that 70% have been completed. The schools, the Peace Garden and the Friends Peace House and churches are now protected and we praise the Lord for that.”
Cecile added: “On the behalf of Rwanda Yearly Meeting, we are very thankful for the great support received when Rwanda was going through the hardship of churches shutting down, and grateful to all Friends who responded promptly. May God bless you so much. We have seen you in a time of emergency, you have saved so many lives, churches are now being reopened and we are able to worship God.
“We will never forget you kindness and heart of compassion shown to our people in Rwanda, especially to Rwanda Yearly Meeting.”
Rev. Aron Mupenda, the Headmaster of George Fox College in Kagarama, said “We are very thankful to Friends from around the world for rescuing us. During the month of March and April, when it was raining, my fear was to hear from different parts of the country that people were being killed by lightning storms, thinking that something bad would happen in our school. Today, I am feeling secure because the school is protected. The parents are ensured that their children are studying in a safe environment. My gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this project. May God bless you so much.”
Pastor Jean Paul, the Assistant Superintendent of Rwanda Yearly Meeting said: “Without this tremendous support, our churches would have remained closed. Now they are open, and furthermore, our people are protected against fatal lightning storms. May the All Mighty God of Israel bless whoever has contributed to the success of this project.”