Friends World Committee for Consultation has closed the successful campaign to help Rwanda Yearly Meeting address an urgent need to install lightning rods on 35 buildings (at around £400 each) in Rwanda Yearly Meeting following several fatal lightning strikes affecting churches, schools and other buildings. The government decreed that they must install lightning rods on all their buildings before the end of March.
Thanks to the generosity of Friends around the world, the goal of £14,000 has almost been reached, including funds raised by the Africa Section and that collected in the Section of the Americas, Europe and Middle East, and Asia West Pacific. We anticipate more will come in in the coming weeks, bringing the total to that needed by Rwanda Yearly Meeting.
With the assistance Friends have given, Rwandan Friends will be able to meet new government safety requirements (brought in at very short notice), keep buildings in use, and continue to meet as Friends in safety in churches, schools, and the Friends Peace House in Kigali (above).
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them. Matt 18:20
For any money that arrives after the target has been reached (less a 5% handling and transfer fee to the World Office or Section Office), we will contact the donors and offer the choice of:
- having the cheque returned
- contributing to the general fund of FWCC either in the World Office or Section office, or
- asking FWCC to send the contribution to Evangelical Friends Mission, which is raising funds for Rwanda Yearly Meeting’s longer term building needs, such as sound proofing (another government requirement for churches) and building repair.
The Evangelical Friends Mission is the cooperative missions arm of Evangelical Friends Church-North America which has outreach ministries in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and North America. Their longer-term Rwanda appeal raises funds for water harvesting, green gardens, modern roofs, sound proofing, and paved parking.
If you have any questions, please write to Gretchen Castle.
A full report will be posted on the FWCC web site (www.fwcc.world) once the work is completed.
We thank you for your continuing interest.