In 2004, the Gisenyi Church of the Nazarene began a compassionate ministry center, Ndengera (which is the Kinyarwanda imperative meaning “help me”) Foundation, to answer the cries for help from Gisenyi’s most vulnerable.
Ndengera has always covered the costs of health services for the 800 children in the program. Now, though, Ndengera has its own clinic, which provides care for children in the program as well as low-cost care for other community members. The clinic’s low fees help it support itself so that it can become a consistent community resource.
A survivor of the genocide and pastor of the Gisenyi Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Simon Pierre Rwaramba said, “We saw many people killed in the genocide and others dying of disease from being displace. We saw the orphans and thought … someone would need to care for them. God wanted us to do something.”
Pastor Simonsenyi and his wife, Rev. Caritas Mukarurangwa, hope and dream of a day when the clinic can become a hospital, which would allow them to greatly expand the reach of their current medical clinic.
“We are doing what we do because Caritas forgave those who wanted to kill her,” Simon Pierre explains, “and because James tells us don’t just have faith, but have faith and action. Do something to respond to the needs.”
The Church in Rwanda is responding to God’s call to compassion and through that response, we are seeing the communities and people of Rwanda transformed to new life and reconciliation.
Adapted from a story that originally appeared in NCN News (November 2013).