I organized the AMU Women’s Worship Service which was held last Friday, June 24th. Once a month the women beneficiaries of AMU gather together for a time of fellowship and worship. The students in AMU’s vocational training program attended the service along with AMU staff and volunteers.
The Praise and Worship portion of the service was dynamic and full of power and praise. It was the longest part of the service. Rwandans really do know how to do Praise and Worship! I taught and sang “We Need You Lord” with the help of my ipod (it had the song on it) which Rev. Samuel connected to a big speaker.
The testimony section was very powerful. One of the women shared how she was spared by several poison attempts via the feed/water for her livestock (several of her livestock died.) Another woman mentioned how her home was preserved despite almost being damaged extensively by all the rain. Another woman explained how her mother just died (from HIV/AIDS) and was a participant in AMU. It was her first time attending an AMU Women's Worship Service and she gave thanks to God, AMU, and the other women for being an encouragement to her and her family during this difficult time.
I preached with assistance from my faithful translator and supervisor Rev. Samuel. My sermon title was: God Sees Your Need and is With You!" and my Scripture reference was Genesis 16. My claim of the sermon was that God sees our need and knows how much we can bear, so we should trust in God, even in the midst of significant trials, seeking to stay in
God’s will for our lives. After the sermon I prayed for the women who came to the altar for prayer, many of these women have HIV/AIDS.
After the service I provided gifts made possible from generous donors in the United States. Each service attendee received a bookmark, a wooden key holder that says Jesus, Mary Kay lotion, and a hand spa packet. The women were very thankful for their gifts. After gift giving time the women enjoyed fellowship with tea and bread provided by AMU.
The power and work of the Holy Spirit was so strong in this worship service, due in large part to the tremendous praise and worship that Rwandans love to engage in. I am reminded of an African proverb that one my PTS professors Dr. Powery introduced to me which is "The Spirit will not descend without the song." Well, I can personally attest to how the spirit seems to not just descend but dwell here in Rwanda as songs of praises are so constant and abundant.
To God be the Glory for all that God is doing here in Rwanda. God bless and keep the people of Rwanda :)
Peace, Love, and Blessings,