Le Rucher Ministries
Great Lakes Region of Africa
Just as the tension between Hutu and Tutsi caused pain and suffering in Rwanda, this same spirit spilled over into the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi causing fighting, looting, death and destruction in those nations. In the Congo it expanded into fighting between additional tribes. Refugees from the fighting are spread throughout these 3 nations and into Tanzania and Uganda, as well. Those involved in reconciliation work in Rwanda have long had the desire to see the reconciliation work "spill over" into all those nations, and over the last few years we have seen this begin to happen. A variety of groups trained by the Rwandan reconciliation team are now working in Burundi and the Bukavu area of Congo. Another large team is working in the Ituri District of Congo. (Ituri, alone, is larger than all of Rwanda.) This area is still unsafe for Rwandese to travel due to general resentment of the war now inflicted upon their nation, so this team has been trained and is receiving on-going encouragement directly from Rhiannon Lloyd.
In 2006 a national reconciliation forum was held by African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) in Kigali for Rwandese reconciliation agents. However, when those workers in Burundi and Congo heard about the forum, they insisted on attending. The national forum turned into an International Reconciliation Forum where the reconciliation workers from the different nations were able to encourage one another with their testimonies of what God was doing through them. Much to their surprise, it also became a platform for "national" reconciliation as each nation asked and received forgiveness from one another. They determined they wanted to continue this kind of movement. Thus, the ministry of Le Rucher Ministries Great Lakes was born.
This ministry is now led by Joseph Nyamutera, who is also the overall director of the whole reconciliation ministry under the umbrella of Le Rucher Ministries. Joseph and his wife, Esther, are full-time staff members of Le Rucher Ministries. Joseph leads a full-time team working in the region. The main team is located in Kigali, with part-time team members in Burundi. In addition, Joseph has spearheaded a community development work in his neighborhood.
LRM Great Lakes Vision Statement
Our passion is to see Rwanda and the nations of the Great Lakes region become a source of peace and unity and a light for the nations to the glory of God. Is. 60:1-3
LRM Great Lakes Mission Statement
We run healing and reconciliation workshops and provide training for wounded people from all sectors of Rwandan society, from the marginalized to the influential, to empower them to live in harmony and become agents of healing and reconciliation in their communities.
After healing and reconciliation we seek to improve the welfare of vulnerable groups through providing skills and other resources
We partner with other organizations to promote healing and reconciliation within a nation or between nations in the Great Lakes region (Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Southern Sudan).
We seek to promote the ministry of healing and reconciliation on an international level through media, conferences, providing international courses and partnering with other organizations.
We seek to provide internship opportunities for both Rwandans and foreigners to gain experience in healing and reconciliation.
We provide member care services to Christian workers to increase their effectiveness and be restored and/or refreshed. We focus primarily on those working in healing and reconciliation and/or community development.