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Consecration of the second bishop of Muyinga diocese
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Workshop on children's ministry
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Consecration of the second bishop of Muyinga diocese, peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes and children's ministry.
 
EAB PRESS 140117-1
January 17, 2014

[EAB Press - Burundi] CONSECRATION OF THE SECOND BISHOP OF MUYINGA DIOCESE

The 15th December 2013 was a historic day as the second Bishop of Muyinga Diocese; the Rt. Rev Paisible NDACAYISABA was consecrated.

The Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi presided along with the Rt. Rev. John Nduwayo, Bishop of Gitega; the Rt. Rev. Martin Nyaboho, Bishop of Makamba; the Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana, Bishop of Bujumbura; the Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi, Bishop of Buye and the Rt. Rev Pedaçuli Birakengana, Bishop of Rumonge.

In his sermon the Rt. Rev. Louis Muvunyi, Bishop of Kigali diocese, Rwanda urged Bishop Paisible to advocate for people who are unjustly treated and to stand for justice for all. He reminded him that his first priority must be to bring people to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Ntahoturi presented Bishop Paisible to the congregation who welcomed him warmly. Greetings and congratulations were brought by representatives from the Government and Churches of Burundi as well as by visitors.

Asked about his thoughts on becoming the Bishop of Muyinga diocese Bishop Paisible said that he knows that God calls those he is able to use despite their human weaknesses. He is looking forward to serving the diocese of Muyinga.


CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN THE GREAT LAKES

Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches from Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda have launched an ecumenical campaign for peace and reconciliation called “Peace in The Great Lakes”. This campaign will last for one year with many activities being organised in the three countries to promote peace and advocate for reconciliation between peoples of the Great Lakes Region.

Authorities in all three countries have welcomed the initiative that was launched on Sunday 1st December when borders between Gisenyi (Rwanda) and Goma (DRC) were opened for the day so that people could participate in the opening ceremonies.

From DR Congo, Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu the President of the campaign said that significant changes need to be reached in the Region. He called on politicians and leaders in the Great Lakes along with the citizens of the three countries to consider the many decades of suffering endured by the people of Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi and asked them to set aside grievances and to work to finding solutions for the Region.

“We are the same people, sharing the same region and history, the same values and resources. We need peace between us because we are brothers”, said people taking part in the inaugural procession. There was a confidence among them that love and truth can bring change where weapons and guns have and still do rule.

TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

On 16th January teachers from different churches involved in children’s ministry came together for a 2-day workshop in Bujumbura.

They were facilitated by trainers from the USA who emphasised children’s ministry in the context of the family. Parents have a responsibility to communicate faith in God with their children. The role of the Church is then to support the teaching and training of children and the families they represent.

The Participants suggested that similar training should be given to parents and to Church leaders so that there is a common understanding of children’s ministry within the Church.