After an investigative trip into the Sud-Kivu Province in February 2010, we realized that we had a window of opportunity to come alongside this deeply divided province, torn apart by years of war, to help bring reconciliation. We organized a leadership conference in Bukavu that April, calling upon the pastors of this volatile region to forgive one another and lead the way in reconciliation. The response was amazing! We saw leaders crying out to God for forgiveness and forgiving one another. They agreed to put their differences aside and come together on the common ground of Bible school training.
|Project:||Bukavu Bible School|
|Size:||25124 square miles (>Togo)|
|Trained Pastors in 2006:||4|
Bukavu Bible School Extension
The Bukavu Bible school extension was started immediately following the leadership conference we held in Bukavu in 2010. We received more than 90 applications, but with limited classroom space, we were only able to accept 60 students. The student body that year represented 12 different tribes. By their own initiative they adopted French as their lingua franca on campus in order to avoid tribal differences. For three years they lived together, ate together, prayed together and studied the Word of God together. Their example has become a tremendous model for the church in the Sud-Kivu Province.
"The Bukavu Bible School Extension has played a key role in resolving the conflict between tribes in the Sud-Kivu Province. After three years of training together, there is no more conflict [in the church]."
Patrick KahongyaAcademic Secretary, Bukavu Bible School Extension