Below are descriptions of two ministries that in the name of Jesus are doing great things in the city of Kigali. I was lucky enough to be able to talk to the directors / owners of both. If you feel led to make a donation to one of these ministries, or to pray for them, I can give you contact information. Or you can give through my account also, email me here and I will set it up for you. I am planning to give a donation to these projects come the end of my time here with what funding is left.
Alarm stands for African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries. It’s purpose is to work with as many 13-18 year old boys off of the streets as possible every six months. Right now they have capacity for about 45, but with more funding they can hold more.
The program is a fully funded (so free) internship for street boys without parents or without schooling deemed in desperate situations. They are given housing, food, clothing, schooling, discipleship, and artisan skills like carpentry and metal work – for six months! This is a life changer for many lucky boys who can come to the program. After graduating, they are equipped with bible knowledge, hopefully knowing Jesus personally as the most important thing for a foundation for the rest of their lives. But also they have the skill set to begin to look for a job, and when they mention they come from ALARM, people are more likely to hire them.
The compound is very clean, the teaching curriculum looks solid, the teachers are competent, and the leadership is strong. I was blown away and wish there were ministries like this all over the place for street children. The director, Alfonse, is a very godly man who can’t stop smiling. I believe these children are in great hands and that God up to much good in this place.
ABC – African Bagel Company
African Bagel Company was started to help lift Rwandan women out of the cycle of poverty that has gripped their lives for so many years. Transforming their lives through discipleship and an opportunity to earn a living.
The smyth family started this bagel company a few years back and now employs 12+ women at a time to learn the bagel making trade. It gives them employment and discipleship through bible groups in the morning and prayer throughout the day. Many have come to do an internship at ABC to learn the baking, and then have taken the products and skills back to their home town to open their own shop. Ruth, a friend here in Mbarara, is one such lady.
With more donations, the Smyth family can have a shortened furlow in the states (which means the program will be paused for less time so they can return to Rwanda sooner), as well as developing the program to allow more women and bigger production to occur.
Customers of the ABC are many. From local cafe’s, businesses, ministries, all the way up to the American Embassy, many in the area are regular customers. Saturdays they do donuts, and apparently the lobby is filled with 50+ people waiting for donuts.
Christian bagels and donuts – amen!