Great Lakes


The relationship with the Great Lakes Region has developed over a decade. The region, which includes Rwanda, Burundi, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been plagued by ethnic cleansing, sexual and gender-based violence, and extreme poverty, and seems ready for a holistic gospel of peace and reconciliation.

In addition, the region is home to the BatwaPygmy, a hunter-gatherer people group that is being forced into permanent settlements
and agrarian lifestyles.

The Church of the Brethren has supported various outreach ministries in the
region including agricultural projects, disaster relief efforts for displaced persons, theological education, scholarships, trauma healing workshops, and church construction in the region. The Brethren also sponsored a tri-nation Batwa Pygmy conference.

Two individuals representing Burundi (Dr. David Nyonzima) and Rwanda (Etienne Nsanzimana) attended Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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