Today we visited two rural churches, both of which happened to be Presbyterian. To reach them we went over Kigali Mountain. The road was deeply rutted with recent rains and the views on the decline were breath taking, heart stopping and prayer inducing.
At the first church we were warmly received with goat brochettes and Irish potato. They showed us their veggie garden, piggery and sewing machine. The welcome was as warm at the second but there we joined a dozen women sitting on the grass basket weaving. Both SHGs (self help groups) through loans, advice and encouragement, enable members to provide for their families. They also have a strong spiritual dimension through bible study, prayer and reaching out to non members.
In the afternoon we returned to Gilgal where we joined their prayer network. Bill gave a short word and we prayed for our two churches and the relationship between them and our local communities. The accompanying singing and dancing was the loudest and most frenzied yet!
Tomorrow we meet more churches.
Graham and Bill