The minister was on February 8, 2020, addressing Rwandans and friends of Rwanda that attended the Annual Rwanda Prayer Banquet in Sheraton Hotel, Maryland, USA.
It was the 18th time that the event was happening, a time when the Rwandan diaspora meets and pray for Rwanda, thanking Him for what the country has accomplished as well as praying for the new year 2020. Present were Rwandans from such states as Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
This event still carries a goal of praying for Rwanda, its leaders, and citizens, as well as promoting unity and love.
Shyaka, the keynote speaker, explained to the people in attendance various values that guide a good leader, taking the opportunity to ask Rwandan diaspora to protect their unity and always remember their motherland.
The president of Rwanda Prayer Banquet, Antoinette Kanyabutembo, thanked the people who attended the event and asked them to pray for the remaining few months of Rwanda’s former Vision 2020 at the same timetabling before God Rwanda’s new Vision 2050.
Entrepreneur Dale Dawson who is also an advisor to President Paul Kagame showed how his first visit to Rwanda was inspired by Bishop John Rucyahana and how upon arriving in Rwanda he felt called for working with Rwandans.
He launched Bridge2Rwanda, a project that helps Rwandan high performers in national examinations to get scholarships into good international universities as well as connecting investors to Rwanda.
The vice-chancellor of the University of Rwanda, Dr. Charles Muligande shared with those in attendance about his return to Rwanda in 1994, coming from Washington DC.
He talked about the hardships faced by the country and how it came to build up itself.
He added that faith has always supported him in all the appointments he has held.
The ambassador of Rwanda in the USA, Mathilde Mukantabana prayed for leaders of the diaspora and those who organized the event so that they stay focused on fulfilling their duties.
The theme of the event was the Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”