Starting 2017 with Refugee Missionary Training
Hi, I’m Ed, the founder of the Center for Online Evangelism. And I’m thrilled about our new mission opportunity in Rwanda.
In a matter of three days I’ll be on a plane to Kigali. When I arrive I will meet my guide, Aurea, who is an employee of ADRA Int’l that also provides support for Impact Hope. We’ll be looking at the Adventist University of Central Africa, the Rwanda Union Mission, our secondary schools, and meeting with government representatives and aid workers. I will also be touring a refugee camp.
The country of Rwanda is actively working toward becoming an information and communication technology (ICT) leader in Africa. In 2014, Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame said at Transform Africa summit that “the internet is a needed public utility as much as water and electricity.”
While this could be interpreted as an exaggeration to those familiar with poverty and the immediate needs of refugees, it does show that Rwanda is serious about applying today’s technology to its industrial infrastructure and hopes to become a stronger country as a result. The Center is grateful for the privilege to help train Rwandan students in this way, which can help them leave refugee camps as they gain necessary education and secure sustainable employment.
I’ll have more to report when I return from this trip, as I’ll have a lot more specifics about the process and the needs of each individual refugee student. There will surely be many ways that we can all work together to help these kids reach their potential, and to help grow our band of passionate online missionaries.