NEWS LETTER 5
Message of the General Synod of Gitarama Presbytery to its sister churches and partners
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, first of all we are sending our greetings in the name of Jesus
our Lord and Savior.
Gitarama Presbytery holds its fourth ordinary session at Gitarama Parish on 18th November 2016. This
Synod was guided by the theme found in Psalm 84 : 6-8 : “Blessed is the man whose strength is in you,
whose heart is set on pilgrimage to wards Zion [....]” (NKJV). This message called Church members to
put their trust in the Lord and to be nurtured by the Holy Scriptures in their daily life so that they will
grow stronger as they move forward.
Fellow Partners, we would like to inform you that with great pleasure, the synod welcomed the new
Communication Officer of Gitarama presbytery Mrs.NaomeMukambabazi for the sake of enhancing
regular contact with national and international partners. Regarding finance, the General Synod found the
per capita has been achieved at 70% and decided to reach an average of at least 85% in the upcoming
year by empowering individuals and families.
Indeed, the Presbytery Synod approved the shift from the diakonia of subsidence to the sustainable one
which is capable of releasing vulnerable people from extreme poverty. In this regard, the synod approve
the project “Save 100” in which each member will save Rwf 100 per/day for strengthening families and
congregations through grassroots Saving and Credit Groups. This project aims at restoring inclusive
development for each member can be loaned two times of his/ her saving amount to start income
generating projects. Furthermore, this loan can be multiplied based on the support from the presbytery,
national and international partners.
In terms of church growth, the synod approved 4 new parishes ( Ntonde, Gitwe, Nyamagabe and Ndiza)
and 17 new sub-parishes ( Nyarusange, Rwamakara, Buha, Mucubira, Kirwa A, Musange, Kiganda,
Bethel, Cyegera, Kabeza, Nyarushara, Gisiza, Kibaya, Murambi, Bweramvura, Mugombwa, and
Matyazo).Thus, the number of parishes increased from 16up to20 and sub-parishes increases from 6 up
In a nutshell, the Presbytery Synod recognizes the role played by sister churches and partner
organizations in helping Gitarama Presbytery to fulfill its mission and hopes the collaboration will
continue and be strengthened for the Lord Glory.
Beloved in the Lord, through this message, we would like to express our best wishes for the imminent
Christmas celebration and Happy New Year 2017
(By Rev. Celestin Nsengimana, President of