Fall 2008

Val, Pat, Antoine, Florence





The Rwandan Church


Note: Larry and team traveled to Rwanda and have now returned with many stories and pictures of the Kingdom of God breaking through in Kigali. We rejoice over Antoine’s commissioning and congratulate him and Florence on their engagement. It is with great joy that we share these pictures with family and friends of the Kigali Vineyard. We thank God for the growth of a healthy and vibrant church in Rwanda.


The New Property





From the Finnertys: Patrick, Val, Joel and Brendan



Since returning from Kenya in June, we have been readjusting to daily life in Rwanda. At the end of July we enjoyed the annual missionary retreat at Kumbya on the shores of Lake Kivu. We had the pleasure of sharing a cabin with the speaker Antoine Ruyatisire and his wife. It was a good time of refreshment and renewal.

On returning to Kigali we finally got a chance to settle into our new home and still feel very blessed with it. We are especially blessed that we were able to find a schooling option for Joel in Kigali, for this year at least. Brendan is also attending the recently opened Kigali International Community School. Having Joel home from boarding school in Kenya has given us a new appreciation for family life.

As the church continues to grow all 9 of our small groups are reading the Purpose Driven Life which is translated into kinyarwandan. Our 4 th baptism class begins next week. Small group development projects are doing well and provide some small income for many in our church. The farming groups are planting only corn this season and are praying for a big harvest in April. The basket weavers had a big boost when our visitors from Canada and Scotland bought all their baskets last week and the church was blessed as they brought their tithe from their meager income. We hope that some more ladies in the church can begin a sewing business if some capital becomes available to buy a machine or two.

It was great having our pastors Larry and Karen Levy and Beth Wood with us for 2 great weeks of kingdom stuff. Larry and Pat traveled to Burundi where Larry taught a group of leaders on sewing seeds in the Kingdom. We enjoyed a great time of fellowship with our Burundian brothers and sisters. Meanwhile Karen, Beth and Val gathered more than 50 women from our church for some teaching and encouragement. Beth did a 2 day seminar on Kingdom development with 40 people who are involved in church projects. Larry taught 3 sessions on Ministering like Jesus and Prophetic Evangelism. We held a commissioning service for Antoine as a pastor and he conducted the marriage ceremony of 8 couples the following week. We were all amazed at how beautifully the brides presented themselves and more than 500 friends and family showed up. Fortunately we had extended our building and were able to accommodate about 400 inside. This was probably the single biggest to take place in the village. A great day was had by all.

We were pleased to have John Bathgate from the Almond Vineyard in Edinburgh spend a few days with us to see first hand what God is doing in the church here. We love connecting with the wider Vineyard community around the world and look forward to forming lasting relationships.

As we approach Christmas we would like to wish all who have supported this work in Rwanda God’s richest blessings. Let us not loose sight of Him as we work together to extend his kingdom shalom throughout the world.


Yours in Christ,

Pat, Val, Joel and Brendan

ANTOINE’S COMMISSIONING: Antoine is the first indigenous pastor for the Rwandan Vineyard


Key leaders singing a blessing over Antoine at his commissioning

Karen with the precious children

Beth teaching, Antoine translating

Larry teaching, Antoine translating



Dressed in Rwandan mushananas for the wedding of 8 couples




Marriage Day- church overflowing with friends and relatives




A Thank You to Rob and Faith Smith

2 Corinthians 9 : 6-9

6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor, their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

This portion of the Bible expresses clearly the blessing Rob and Faith Smith have always been to the Rwandan mission. I want to say a heart felt thank you to Rob for generously donating garden produce for sale, with the proceeds going to Rwanda. He harvested a bountiful crop of apples and vegetables to donate to the Halifax Vineyard, and it has been a successful fund raiser, with benefits! The Sunday the vegetables arrived they were arranged on our church deck, making a very artistic fall display of Rob’s handiwork. To date over $400.00 has been raised, and we have all enjoyed eating our purchases. We are all grateful for Rob’s generous and cheerful giving.


If you would like to support the efforts in Rwanda please contact our sending leader, Sheryl Darrow at ddarrow@accesscable.net . If you are a donor and have questions or concerns please contact Sheryl as well. She or her team would be happy to help in any way they can. Finally, if there is anything you would like to see in this newsletter in the coming months, please let me know at rghodder@eastlink.ca.

Note: The Rwanda mission is a new mission and we as a sponsoring church are working to establish our policies. We now have a process for all visits to the Finnertys whether personal or mission oriented. We are working with the Finnertys to schedule and approve any visits. Please contact the Halifax Vineyard so that we may be able to guide you through this process.