finnertys2013In December 2005 following a call from God to serve in Rwanda we were sent out with the blessing of our home church the Halifax Metro Vineyard in Nova Scotia, Canada. Their motto is “Building people, breaking down walls” and this is a particularly appropriate goal for a mission to Rwanda. Sometimes called the “Switzerland of Africa” this small but country with a population of 9 million has seen the ethnic tension between Hutu and Tutsi cause colossal pain and suffering for 3 decades culminating in the genocide in 1994. While the world stood by and watched almost 1 million men women and children were brutally massacred by their fellow citizens. Much progress has been made over the past 13 years to try to bring about peace and reconciliation but much remains to be done.

We began our ministry with ‘prayer walks’ in our neighborhood on the outskirts of Kigali. With the help of our friend Antoine Uwamungu we preached the Kingdom of God and soon we were meeting for prayer and worship in the homes of those who had received the Good News.

Besides our gathering as a church on Sunday, we now have daily meetings for worship and teaching in homes around the village and surrounding areas. God’s kingdom has come among us and we are already seeing wonderful results. Many whose lives were hopeless and who had become alcoholics have now found hope and peace through the saving grace of Jesus. Lives are being transformed and the impact is being felt throughout the village. We are seeing God’s heart for the poor and his desire to be involved in all areas of our personal and community life. Together we are coming to an understanding of the scripture in Colossians 1:20 where it says that God reconciled everything to Himself through Jesus.

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body.

Most of you who visit us here may never get a chance to drop in on us in our actual homes so we want to give you the opportunity to get to know us in our church and home groups through this website.