This past year, All Saints has supported a number of mission
projects in Africa. These efforts focus on spreading the
Gospel of Jesus Christ, economic assistance and assistance to
Our primary effort is the support of the tuition of Margaret
Kinconco from Rwanda and Kennedy Gondwe from Malawi
at the African Bible College in Uganda. Both students will
graduate in May of 2012 and return to their native countries
to preach the Gospel and serve the orphans and other poor.
Our second effort involved our support of the Anglican Diocese of Cyangugu in Rwanda. Vicar Emmanuel Mukeshimana, an intern at All Saints during his studies at Trinity Seminary in Pittsburgh, has overseen the project. It began when we learned of the need and provided a sewing machine to a small group of shoe makers. They were making the shoes by hand. With this sewing machine and though some subsequent tools we provided, they have significantly increased their output. We also purchased a bicycle so the group could run a taxi service. Two more sewing machines were provided so that some women could run a small dress making tailor business. And we also provided some surplus 35mm film cameras to help them in their work.
We also purchased a cow, which when the cow gives birth, the calf will be given to another farmer. This will provide milk to children in Cyangugu. The importance of supporting this enterprise is that several members of the group now can make a living for themselves and their families. It enabled one of the members to be able to marry and support his wife. This one investment has already multiplied and will continue to do so as profits are reinvested in the business and in the cattle.
Finally, we also provide support of orphanages in Rwanda (www.hopemadereal.org) and in Uganda. The orphanages are not only protecting and nourishing orphans, but are giving them an education that will make them some of the most educated and productive citizens of their country. Our resources for these ministries have been limited, but we hope to be able to do more in support of just important work. (click here for an update on Hope Made Real).
It is our hope and prayer that we will be able to continue to find and support creative ministries in Africa and other areas as God may lead us.