Immigration Bureau – 10/16/12
Today we are going to the Directorate Bureau of Immigration and Emigration to get the necessary application and permits to be able to become established as a recognized organization in Rwanda. This will not only allow us to minister here but will also allow Jean to be recognized as the director of a legitimate prison ministry.
We met with Jackson In the government office and after listening to what we way to do he said we need to go got he RGB to register as a religious organization. He said they would also want to know what we will be providing to the inmates on an ongoing basis and what we will do for the inmates after their release.
We went to the RGB and met with a woman there. She had other religious organization documents on her deal and it appeared that her job is to work with religious organizations to help them get registered. She gave us the website where we could find the documents necessary and the information we need to understand the laws pertaining to our ministry in Rwanda. We will review these documents after we return home. We will not be pursuing this any further during this trip. It will require discussion as an IGL team and perhaps the PFC board to determine our direction from here.
After leaving the government offices Don and I returned to our hotel to regroup and gather our thoughts. We both felt somewhat discouraged for several reasons.
1. The door had just been closed.
2. We felt that much of this could have been done before we came.
3. We have 3 more days here with no plan or agenda (we had intended to visit prisons these three days).
Went to get a map (we had to go to the national tourism office to get a map) and then we went to lunch at Fantastic Restaurant (where we ate last week for our first meal). It’s good but not fantastic.
Jean walked us over to the shopping mall (tower) after lunch. We weren’t sure why he suggested we go there, we thought maybe he just assumed we would like to go see it. We walked through the mall and looked at a lot OC overpriced items. This is a mall/business tower on the hill where many international people live and work. This is the only part of town (or te country for that matter) where we see other Muzungu (white men). I decided I wanted to go into one store to look for a fanny pack because I was tired of carrying my big camera bag with me everywhere. We didn’t find any fanny packs but we met Pastor Gregg Schoof, a local American missionary pastor who has been living here for 9 years and site a Christian radio station in Kigali that broadcasts to 5 countries in central Africa. He asked about our ministry and questioned us about our theology and our opinions of Joyce Meyer and Rick Warren. He proceeded to tell us that they both come here and that Rick Warren lied about his association with Illuminati and another organization. After a rather short conversation he invited us to his radio station to do the morning show the following day. We had to check our schedule since we had been asked to visit a village where ex-prisoners were living side by side with their victims and were reconciling. We also were asked to preach at Pastor Jean’s church in the evening.
We returned to our room and after a time of prayer for direction we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to share about PFC on the radio show.
Satan thought he was pulling a good one by keeping us out of the prisons and then God said “I’ll just put them on the radio, then, in front of 5,000,000 people I will have them speak of all that I am doing”.
WHAT AN AWESOME GOD
That evening we went to church with Jean and Patrick #1 at a small church a few km from our hotel. The pastor of this church is Pastor Jean’s spiritual advisor. It was heart-felt worship service but I had a hard time worshipping in song (as often happens overseas when I can’t understand the language that is sung to a different type of music). They were also dancing around and clapping in a way that I was wondering about their doctrine. Ultimately what it did accentuate how easily people can be led astray from truth or biblical worship when they envelope themselves with false doctrine or tradition or culture without looking at the validity and accuracy of what they are doing.
Don shared his “But One Day” message which was very well received and then Pastor Jean exhorted everyone on to live out their faith and to go out to do the Lord’s work without getting caught up about the money. He pointed out that we left our families and came here. We did what we had to do to get here. We raised the money and came all the way to Africa. What will you do?
The African people often see us as rich Americans and they look to us for resources. They do what we all tend to do – we say “they can do that because…”. Perhaps because “they have money”, or “they have the natural ability”, or “they have the resources”, or “they know all the right people”. It’s a lame human excuse for not doing something that we can or ought to do.
Lord, forgive me for my doubt, my discouragement, my selfishness, my bitterness, my pride, my judgementalism, my evil heart. Thank you that you have given me a new heart, if I will only call upon you in my time of need. I call upon you now. Cleanse me, make me whole. I praise you for your mighty works. All glory to you, Lord.