Friday, 6 June 2008

Rema reaches the poorest:

Rema - created by the people for the people:

Rema Ministries was started by a Burundian refugee, Francois Nitunga, having been displaced by the civil unrest in his country, relocating in Nairobi, Kenya and using that at his base to access the various refugee camps in the neighbouring countries to Burundi. The team now growing in skilled and experienced personnel continues to work as they endeavour, at a heavy cost, to repatriate to their beloved country where they can better attend to the needs of the returning refugees. It is rare to see such a committed and energetic group of people serving in such difficult circumstances, our help and support will allow them to continue to develop this essential ministry and maintain their families at the same time.

Francois Nitunga a visionary prepared to give all to serve God and his beloved Burundi, he is also a Missioner with the Church Army.

Rema's Purpose:
Rema is a multi-faceted ministry. During the time of unrest in Burundi the team were in exile in Kenya where they trained and began to serve their people who languished in refugee camps in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. During this period Rema built relationships with many and made strides to prepare the refugees for their eventual return to their homeland. At the same time the civil unrest in Burundi had disrupted those who had remained in the country, leaving them in a place where they needed help to accept the eventual return of the refugees. Rema was involved in the reconciliation process here as well.

Returning refugees are poor but glad to be back in their own country. Much support is required if this nation is to rebuild itself once again.

At the same time the scourge of Africa, HIV/AIDS was increasing and taking its toll on the population, Rema began to develop a training and education arm to support the victims of HIV/AIDS as well as find income generating projects to help support those who were no longer able to help themselves, in particular the most vulnerable, women and children.

This ministry is certainly an important one which is fully committed to seeing the nation rebuilt once again. Currently however the Rema team themselves are in need of help - read on....

Rema's study library for ministers and pastors is located in the capital Bujumbura. This centre is well used but is run on a shoe string financially. The centre has hosted Mission International teams.

Currently due to the severe economic situation in Burundi, now deemed to be the world's poorest country, Rema team members are finding it so difficult to survive and fulfil their calling and ministry to their people. Mission International has agreed to help raise whatever support we can in order that each team member can set up a small income generating business to support their families, thus allowing them to continue to serve the needy. If you would like to consider supporting one of the team then please contact us on mail@mission-international and we will email you the appropriate support forms.

One of Rema's many projects has been to build this medical centre in Nyembuye where lots of refugees are retuning to build new lives. There is need for a maternity unit since those who have complications in childbirth are stretchered for two days to the nearest town and often die en-route.

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