The Bible has been identified as a powerful tool used by churches to compliment the efforts of the Rwandan government in healing wounds of trauma and fostering harmony as well as reconstructing the country from its difficult past.
This was said at the African Biblical Leadership Initiative Forum that was attended by over 1000 delegates from 25 countries around the world.
The Forum, that brought together political, civil and church leaders, was themed ‘From Trauma to Triumph’ and was reflecting on Rwanda’s recovery from the tragic 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, to becoming a model of resilient leadership and reconciliation.
It is not a secret that the church in Rwanda and its leadership had a hand in the unfortunate events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda has however been commended for rising from the ashes through forgiveness and reconciliation. According to Arch Bishop ANTOINE KAMBANDA, the legal representative of the Bible Society of Rwanda, the church has used the word of God to bring healing and restore hope to Rwandans.
The Arch Bishop also said that the African Biblical Leadership Initiative is committed to mentoring young upcoming leaders to ensure that they have integrity, founded on strong Biblical leadership principles.
In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Dr. EDOUARD NGIRENTE said that the government recognizes the key role played by the church in fostering unity and reconciliation in the country, adding that Biblical principles contributed much to this process.
The African Biblical Leadership Initiative was founded in 2009 in Ethiopia and has held forums in 9 African countries. The Forum tackles various topics such as corruption, leadership and conflict resolution.
Story by Fatima Tesi.