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The Charlotte Eagles in training
Grace Mugabe
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We preach the message of peace: members of the team pose for a group photo.
Grace Mugabe
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Americans in the Region for Peace
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 051205-1
December 5, 2005

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] An American Charlotte Eagles sports team comprised of 32 members arrived in the country on November 30 for a week-long tour. The team aims to inculcate a culture of peace in society through sports, according to the team leader, Mark Stiffens.

He told journalists that the Charlotte Eagles is a team of peace activists from North Carolina in the US. It is accredited to Sports Outreach International, and is a biblically-oriented group which came to Rwanda at the invitation of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda.

”The mission of this team is to impart messages of hope and reconciliation based on the word of Christ to the community through sports,” said Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, leader of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda. “And the team is to carry the same message to different countries in the region after here.”

The world president and founder of Sports Outreach International, Mr. Russ Car, told the press that the organisation is a Christian organization based in North Carolina. It was founded in 1988 with the aim of ensuring peace and love based on biblical norms. The team is to play against Atraco, Amavubi, APR FC and others, according to Episcopal sports coordinator Pastor Sam Mugisha.

Car added: “We are here in Rwanda to face different local football clubs and whenever we play any teams we make sure that the language used is much more of love and reconciliation.” He noted that his organization has registered many successes in conflict resolution and management across the globe.

“Part of our mission is to help heal the traumatized and reconcile Rwandans after the 1994 mayhem which left the nation and the church in ruins. This will make the society of Rwanda free from any evils,” Car noted.