As part of commemorations to mark 24 years since the Rwandan genocide, Women’s Ministries in The Salvation Army’s Rwanda and Burundi Command used the international theme of ‘Mission to Serve’ as inspiration for an initiative with children with disabilities.

The Bumbogo Sector visited ‘Love with Actions’, a non-profit organisation in the area that teaches the gospel message through acts of love whilst advocating for children with disabilities and helping them and their families to achieve better opportunities.

Stories of hope

Each family received a package of food items from Women’s Ministries. The group also heard testimonies from some of the families. Two mothers shared their story of rejection from their community and how, after a journalist highlighted their plight, ‘Love with Actions’ traced and rescued them.

Words of thanks between The Salvation Army and 'Love with Actions'

Executive Director Gilbert Kubwimana welcomed the group and expressed his appreciation to The Salvation Army for choosing to visit the children. He explained his organisation’s vision, mission and service through 1 John 3:18: ‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’

Lieut-Colonel Janet Appeateng, Command President of Women’s Ministries, responded by explaining the mission statement of the Army and its emphasis on ‘serving suffering humanity without discrimination’. She focused on the theme: ‘mission to serve the marginalised’, and called the audience to show compassion, love and support to families who have children with disabilities.

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