Scripture Union headquarters are in a large plot of land close to the centre of Kigali in what has become a very high value area.  Rwanda Direct does not normally contribute to large capital projects but the value of the work of Scripture Union and its position in central Kigali had to be protected. Some of their existing buildings required extensive modernisation.  Rwanda Direct contributed to the construction and build of the kitchen and to a perimeter wall which was a government requirement. Without these works it would have been deemed impractical and unsustainable  to continue in these premises.

 

In Kigali land can be reclaimed without recourse by the government and in 2008 S.U. still faced the prospect of losing their land as it was not all in use. Rather than lose the land on this prime site, they decided in faith to build a new facility which would meet not only the needs of Scripture Union as a Prayer and Retreat House,  but also because of the fast changing Rwandan society, be a suitable location to hire for conferences with accommodation which is much in demand. All the forecasts for the new building predict a sustainable income which will allow Scripture Union to carry on its good work.

 

Fund raising commenced in 2010 and an initial £50,000 was raised by Rwanda Direct specifically for this project. This enabled plans to be drawn and foundations laid. Work commenced late in 2013. The money raised inspired Scripture Union to actively look for further external funding for the project, some of which came, but it is an ongoing project. Rwanda Direct helped raise over £70,000 including a grant from the Laing Trusts and the building is now open and in use!

 

Next Stage 

What next? The great need now in Rwanda is the completion of the Kigali Anglican Theological College. This does dynamic work in training Pastors and Church Teachers (Catechists). The training is holistic and applied. One month at college, three months in the parish doing what has been taught and being checked by the Christians that it's effective. We have seen the impact on poor rural communities and it is trans-formative - quite amazing. However, the number who can be trained is limited by the lack of dormitory space. There is a new 3 storey block in build but there is no finance to complete it. Once finished, the number of leaders trained could be quadrupled. With God's help, could we help finish this block?

 

You Tube Clip of early construction

Scripture Union Rwanda is an interdenominational Christian association operating in Rwanda since 1969 which reaches out to the community with the love of God. Scripture Union reaches out across the country and has many facets to its’ work including:-

  • Bible Ministries through training - Bible camps, retreats, seminars for all ages

  • Bible Guides/Cards – writing and publishing Bible reading notes

  • Schools Ministry – Christian Unions in schools including education of young people about HIV and Aids, youth camps

  • Neighbourhood Clubs - Values Education e.g. Christian Marriage 

  • Work with those at risk – Vulnerable children and families

  • Children/Youth Ministry Leadership Training – for Sunday School and Youth leaders

  • Providing accommodation and a warm Christian welcome for all their visitors, individuals or conference groups

  • Bookshop & Library

Capital Projects

Rwanda Direct Ltd Company No 08137530, Registered Charity No 1150065