This month, in partnership with 10 local churches, African Enterprise (AE) has embarked on ‘The Huye Mission 2019’ in Rwanda.
Previously known as ‘Butare’, Huye was once the largest and most important city in Rwanda. Now, according to a report from the University of Rwanda,Huye is one of six secondary cities under development. With close to 330,000 rural and urban residents and a number of central universities, Huye is uniquely positioned to evolve into a knowledge, culture and agribusiness hub.
Unfortunately though, many of the youth who can contribute to the reformation of Huyeare exposed to vices like prostitution and drugs at an early age. In order to cover education and living costs, the youth are vulnerable to the abuse of these industries, which is a trend local churches would like to see eliminated.
Currently, there are 13 active churches that operate in Huye District. They’re well respected, and considered just as important as international and local NGO’s that serve the region.
During the Huye Mission,AE will work with churches to further establish their connection to the community, and ensure locals know they are a place of support and refuge.
Part of the mission initiatives will be training local evangelists to assist students recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, and those impacted by prostitution.
AE will also coordinate a wide variety of Gospel proclamation events during the mission, inviting people to experience the love of God, and find relationship with Jesus Christ. Trained evangelists will lead open air meetings at market places, bus stations, schools and universities, prisons, children homes and more.
The Huye Mission will also focus on sex workers in Tumba village, and some socio economic actions will be underway to help the most vulnerable families get health insurance and promote independent business initiatives.
Bringing solutions to Huye’seconomic and social challenges will take time, but African Enterprise is committed to the region, and encourages you to join us as we care for the people of Rwanda.
Find out more about African Enterprise and theirmissions at www.africanenterprise.com/missions
Ben Campbell is the CEO Africa Enterprise and Laura Bennett is a contributor for African Enterprise and radio host at Hope 103.2 based in Sydney.