At least 360 children, from around the country, are receiving Christian education in a camp meeting going on at College Saint André in Nyamirambo Sector, Nyarugenge District.
The third edition of the annual exercise dubbed “Children For Christ Camp 2017” was organised by umbrellas of Christian churches in Rwanda in partnership with World Vision Rwanda. The three-day camp meeting started on Tuesday under the theme “Children, Obey Your Parents.”
The camp was officially opened today in the ceremony which attracted many church representatives in Rwanda including Philippe Rukamba, Bishop of Butare Diocese who doubles as the Chairperson of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Rwanda, Archbishop of Anglican Church in Rwanda, Onesphore Rwaje and National Director of World Vision, Abebe Nigatu, among others.
Bishop Rukamba urged parents and church leaders to raise children on a Christian model, respect their rights and protect them from all kinds of evil and violence drawing on the example of Biblical legends, Joseph and Mary who raised Jesus Christ.
“This exercise is intended to provide children with Christian education. We urge you, children, to respect your parents following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ,” he said.
World Vision’s Nigatu pledged the charity’s unwavering support to ensure that children receive good education and Christian principles preparing them to be good citizens of the country.
“Obedient child becomes a good citizen who brings peace into society. Obedience is God’s commandment and Jesus is our role model,” he said.
Nigatu said that World Vision Rwanda inked a partnership agreement with Christian churches on children’s education in 2013 because “we know potentials of churches in raising children.”
Other sessions of the camp are expected to be held in other areas of the country to reach at least 1300 children by end of 2017, according to Nigatu.
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose ministry focuses on community-based development through interventions in health, economic empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, among other areas.
- Children during prayers in the camp
- Children trying to make intervention during the camp meeting at College St Andre, on Wednesday
- World Vision’s National Director, Abebe Nigatu opens Children For Christ Camp
- Archbishop of Anglican Church in Rwanda; Onesphore Rwaje offers a prayer during the opening of Children for Christ Camp 2017, at College St André, on Wednesday
- Some leaders of Christian churches in Rwanda pose for a group photo with children attending the camp