Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Rema's Vision:

Where to now?
Any kind of civil unrest disturbs a country's future vision and interrupts life in such a way that hope for the future declines in the hearts of the people. Burundi's period of war and genocide was no exception, in fact the 13 year long war has brought the whole country to its knees and has left the nation dangling on the bottom of the world's list of poor countries. Rema Ministries has set about the huge task, under God's guidance, of bringing a new hope and a new vision to Burundi. Some strategic moves including wise land purchases have allowed this crucial ministry, with limited resources, to place itself in a strong position for the future. With some helpful investment Rema can now begin to establish the dream which has motivated them for a long time. The dream is to establish a resource which will benefit the whole nation and make the church's influence on nation more effective in the long term.

A new start is required:
Francois Nitunga, Rema's founder took us to see a plot of land on the shores of Lake Tanganyika which has been purchased by Rema Ministries where it is hoped that a resource centre can be built to accommodate a wide range of support mechanisms and projects for the benefit of the whole nation. This large site is situated in a site of real natural beauty with the lake on one side and a backdrop of mountains on the other. The site's natural beauty however is only the icing on the cake in terms of the vision for this haven. The Church in Burundi has lost many of its teachers and thinkers and needs to be established once again. Francois wishes to see this site become a busy centre for church ministry and support of the poor. Refugees are returning to Burundi after many years in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and DR Congo. People are in great spiritual and physical need. Churches are led by untrained pastors and ministers and many returning refugees are suffering from HIV/Aids and other diseases as well as being in conflict with those who have inhabited their land and homes. Rema wishes to attend to such issues and will require some support and investment if this is to be the case.

The team:
The Rema team are dedicated to the work and have used their time of exile to become educated and trained in a variety of strategic areas in order that they can best deal with the issues that face their nation. Conflict resolution, medical training and theology to name a few areas have made this multi talented team ready for the job ahead. Currently the team rents a house in Bujumbura where they have an office and a library and some simple accommodation for visitors, but their dream is some much bigger.

To find out more about Rema, visit the Rema UK website.

You can help!

Your help is key to the future development of this ministry. Whether in the development of their medical outreach and care work, conflict resolution and mediation or in the development of a theology training facility or with building and planning or simply the inevitable stream of finance required to make it all possible, then we need to hear from you. Rema is ready when you are, please get in touch with us on mail@mission-international.org

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