Even in a challenging season, God has been gracious to CBC. Through His provision, we had the opportunity to bless the people of Rwanda during the lockdown caused by COVID-19. Check out this letter from missionary partners John and Gladys Mihigo reporting back on their recent food distribution made possible by a CBC donation. Our hope in sharing this is that you would pray for the people of Rwanda, praise God with them for His provision, and consider how God is inviting you to join in His global mission.
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. – 2 Corinthians 8:3-5
–Tom Stephens, Outreach Pastor
Letter from John and Gladys Mihigo:
The leadership and members of the Christian Unity Fellowship are deeply grateful to the leadership and members of Community Bible Church Savannah for the immense financial support given to us during the COVID19 lockdown in Rwanda. COVID19 affected all the communities in Rwanda, including the ones where the Christian Unity Fellowship churches are. With timely financial support from CBC Savannah, we were able to purchase and distribute food during the critical lockdown period.
The food came at a time when it was most needed, as the lockdown had been on for some time, and the recipients had used up the little that they had in their homes. In fact, the majority of the CUF members of the Kigali church had spent some days without food, because many of them do odd jobs like working at house construction sites, selling a few items at the market places, digging for people and the like, and due to lock-down, such work had been put to a halt.
Initially, the leadership of the CUF had planned to give food support to 200 families. However, as soon as community members saw food offloaded from the vehicles, many more than those on the list appeared. As such, there was nothing that we as Christians could do, other than trying to share it out among the hungry people that appeared on the scene. Food was supplied in 4 different CUF churches to 328 families. The purchased items included: Rice, Maize Flour, Beans, Sugar, Soap, and Salt. We are happy to say that food support was not only given to the members of the CUF, but also to some community members who are non-believers. This was a great witness to them about the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they were deeply touched. We are praying that they will come to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The purchased items included: Rice, Maize Flour, Beans, Sugar, Soap, and Salt. The CUF members received the food with great joy and deep gratitude to God and the people He used to send the funds. At last, they could sigh, a sigh of relief, and their worry about food for the lockdown time ended! They now had something to eat at home, so they didn’t have to go to bed on an empty stomach, as was the case before. They ate rice, beans and maize meal for their lunch and supper! For their breakfast, they made porridge out of maize flour and they were very blessed to have some sugar to add to it. It was like a dream to them, but it was true, after all!
This story of Joan is just one among so many, to illustrate the great impact of the received food support and the deep gratitude that the church members have.
Joan Amahoro is married to Simon, and both of them are faithful members of the Christian Unity Fellowship. Joan is one of the prayer warriors at the church. She is also very active in the women’s choir and in other church activities. She is a stay home mum, but whenever she is fortunate to get some work as a seamstress, she does it from her home. Her husband sells used shoes, and that is how they get an income to keep their family going. Joan is well known for her generosity. As such, during the COVID 19 lock-down, she really faced a very hard time, because several church members kept going to her home asking for food. She and her husband had already used up the money they had, and the husband was at home, without any work to earn income. It is then that she decided to increase her prayers for food supply, not only for her family, but also for the CUF members and other hungry people in Rwanda, and all around the world.
She says that, “When I saw John and his wife with vehicles full of food I knew that God had really answered my prayers. It was a very happy surprise and a perfect miracle for me to see such quantities of food brought!” She adds, “I received food and all the people that used to come to my home asking for food, also received sizeable quantities. It came as a rescue operation to me and to all the CUF members, because I was saved from the sadness of seeing hungry children crying without any food, and yet I too didn’t have any to give to my own children.”
With a smile on her face, Joan says, “The food carried us through the entire lockdown period, after which, the recipients started doing some work which gives them some daily income. Of course, there is still a challenge of odd job scarcity, but at least people can move from one place to another, and this increases their chances of getting work.”
She ends her story by saying, “We are all so thankful to everyone who contributed funds for food purchase. We remember you every day in our prayers, trusting the Lord to return what you gave to us, when it is multiplied. We were in dire need, and you touched our lives in an immense way! God bless you!”
Mere words are not adequate for us (John and Gladys) as well as the CUF leadership and family, to express our sincere gratitude to the CBC Savannah family for such immense financial support, which came at a very critical time, and enabled us to purchase and distribute food. Your support enabled the church to shine out the love of Jesus Christ to the people in need, in such a practical way, and the prayers of so many were amazingly answered. May the good Lord bless you very richly!
John and Gladys Mihigo
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy.” – Psalm 67