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Returning from Kigeme

By Rev Ed Hird

In our last two days in Rwanda, we travelled with Pastor Paul, Dean of Kigeme Cathedral, to visit Bishop Nathan in Butare. He shared about the way that the Holy Spirit touched lives at the recent Christ Awakening/Butare Convention where Rev William Beasley of Chicago and others spoke. Staying again at the Kigeme Cathedral guesthouse, we visited Bishop Louis, Pastor Samuel, and Rev Ron Browning and team with the All Saints AMiA Church in Pensacola, Florida. We also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial site before we flew home from the Kigali International Airport.

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Bishop Nathan of the diocese of Butare was very gracious in his welcome to us, even showing us his cows.

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Pastor Paul also attended the Butare Diocesan Convention that so deeply touched so many lives. Click to view Bishop Nathan’s account of the Christ Awakening.

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It was such a blessing to have my wife Janice with me on the Rwanda trip.

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Rwandan hospitality is a great blessing.

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We met with three of the Rwandan Anglican bishops during our visit.

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Passing the Cathedral on our way to the bus station heading to Kigali.

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God is moving powerfully in the Kigali Cathedral, as they recover from many challenges in the past.

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It was great to meet with the Rev. Ron Browning and team from All Saints AMiA Church in Pensacola, Florida.  They are in a sister/sister relationship with an Anglican congregation in a very poor part of Kigali where 250 children and others worship in a building that doesn’t have a roof. Rev. Browning is hoping to raise the $10,000 needed to put a roof on that burgeoning work. Click to view the Greeting to Canada from Rev. Ron Browning.

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Janice meeting with one of the Anglican Mother’s Union workers.

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Visiting the Kigali National Genocide memorial site where over 260,000 victims were buried.

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A memorial to the children who were killed in the genocide 17 years ago.

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The mass graves from the Rwandan 1994 Genocide

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A photo at the Kigali Diocesan office of Archbishop Rowan Williams meeting with the African Primates.

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A closer look at the African Primates, including Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini. Click to view the Greeting to Canada from the Kigali Anglican Bishop Louis.

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The UN is very visible in Africa.

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Stopping but not getting out at the Entebbe Uganda International Airport.

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The bright Ugandan colours.

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Technically Janice and I have been to Uganda 😉

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The Ethiopian Airlines was a great place to be for the exhausting 22-hour flight back to Canada. We met on the airplane the only American Carl Wilkens who stayed in Rwanda during the 100-day Genocide. He just wrote a book about it, “I’m Not Leaving” which he signed for me on the airplane.

While on the Ethiopian Airlines plane, we were able to read in their inflight magazine about the Royal Honeymoon of Will and Kate which took place in Africa on the Seychelles Islands.  There were unlimited movies on the Ethiopian Airlines to help you deal with the stress of flying so long and far. We both watched again the moving Christian-based movie “Soul Surfer” which tells the story about how Bethany Hamilton lost her arm through a shark attack, but did not let that stop her from becoming a championship surfer.  The film reminded me that our Christian faith makes a practical difference when tragedy happens. Click to watch a short video clip of the movie.

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We loved Rwanda and miss it. But it was good to be back home in Deep Cove on the North Shore of Vancouver.

Rev Dr Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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The Final Two Days in Kigeme

By Rev Ed Hird

It was such a privilege to spend this extended time in Kigeme. In the last two days, we had a personal visit with Bishop Augustin, had another two music workshops, connected again with the Healthy Mums Project, and met with Pastor Assiel from All Saints Kikongoro.

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It was a privilege to spend time with Bishop Augustin Mvunabandi, hearing about all the good things that God is doing in the Kigeme diocese.

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Click to hear a greeting to Canada from Bishop Augustin.

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We met again with the Healthy Mums Projects leaders who displayed the gifts from Canada which had been carried with our six suitcases.

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A Rwandan mom with two new twins.

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From Canada to Rwanda, blessing the Rwanda mums in practical gifts.

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Esther with the new twins.

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Janice with the healthy mums twins.

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Meeting with the people involved with the Kigeme Cathedral guesthouse.

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Meeting with Pastor Assiel of Kikongoro at the Kigeme Cathedral area. Click to view a Greeting to Canada and sharing about Kikongoro from Pastor Assiel.

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One of Janice’s final music workshops at the Kigeme Cathedral

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The Rwandans were very eager to learn, especially in learning English language music.

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Janice with a young Rwandan child.

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Older and younger sister at the music practice.

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The Joy of the Lord is my strength.

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The participants in Janice’s music workshop. Click to see a video of the Music workshop.

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We told people about the Christian Ashram movement in BC, North America and around the world.

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This young man still kept a photo of our 1st Rwandan Mission trip from six years ago.

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The final Music Workshop with Janice at the Kigeme Cathedral, using the new guitar. Click to view a video of this workshop.

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Meeting with a Bible Study Group at the Cathedral, and teaching on Titus Chapter 2.

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The Kigeme Cathedral Guesthouse where we stayed.

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The Kigeme Cathedral Guesthouse with the traditional mosquito net.

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We were well taken care of daily, with healthy meals.

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Esther  with Healthy Mums Project, Pastor Paul, and Janice.

Rev Dr Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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Sunday Celebration in Kigeme, Rwanda

by Rev Dr Ed Hird

Sunday was the culmination of the week for us: the joy, the worship, the dancing was electric as we gathered at Kigeme Cathedral. I preached there on Titus Chapter 3, sharing about my Grandfather Vic Hird’s coming back to faith. At the end of the sermon, I gave an altar call in which many gave their lives to Jesus and five came forward to receive ministry from Bishop Augustin.

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Pastor Samuel, a priest in the Kigeme Diocese

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a banner in the vestry/prayer room of the Kigeme Cathedral

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Janice Hird preparing to lead two worship songs at the Sunday Kigeme Cathedral services. The Rwandan people are eager to work hard at learning English, including singing in English.

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The atmosphere was electric during Sunday morning worship at the Kigeme Cathedral

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A good sunhat is very helpful in protecting from the strong Rwandan sun.

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Nadine the Bishop’s niece took us on a tour via an interesting side trail.

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Cows are very valuable in the rebuilding of the Rwandan society.

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The beauty of Rwandan’s 1000 hills is breathtaking.

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Returning from the Sunday afternoon journey with Nadine.

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Meeting up with the Rev Caroline Spence and her mission team from our sister congregation Christ the Redeemer in Pender Harbour, BC

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You can click on Kids for Kids to learn more about the Rev Caroline Spence’s outreach to Rwanda.

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This is the first house that we helped build six years ago for a genocide widow.

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Everywhere you go, you meet lively interested children.

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The Pender Harbour Mission team, with the help of some Ontario dairy farmers, donated a needed cow to this Kigeme widow.

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There are already over 200 people attending this Chapel, despite that it only has four benches so far. The hunger for the gospel among the Rwandan people is remarkable.

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Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

 

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

 

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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Saturday in Kigeme, Rwanda

By Rev. Ed Hird

Once a month on a Saturday morning, all Rwandans take part in a Community service event. With Pastor Paul, we were able to share in preparing the ground for a new elementary school. That day we were also able to attend the distribution of the goats through the Healthy Mum’s Project.

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The goats produce manure which is used by the mums as fertilizer to produce better kitchen gardens to feed their children.

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Pastor Paul, Dean of the Kigeme Cathedral, preparing to take place in the monthly Community Service Day.

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The Elementary School Principal helping prepare the ground for a new elementary school.

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 Yours truly, playing my part…

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Pastor James, Director of Evangelism and the Bible School for the Kigeme Diocese, taking part in the Community Service Day.

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It was great to play a part in preparing for the new elementary school

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Many agencies are involved in helping rebuild Rwanda. We don’t often hear the good news stories.

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The goats waiting to be distributed to the mums, each marked with their own number to avoid confusion.

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The mothers are thrilled to soon be received their own goats.

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Dancilla the Healthy Mums Project Nurse who has been so successful in eliminating infant mortality.

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Some of the goats are rather lively, requiring that you hold them by the leg…

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Janice Hird with Pastor Paul at the Ceremony for distributing the goats to the mums

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The mums were very pleased to have their pictures taken with their new goats.

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Dancilla the Healthy Mums Project Nurse meeting with one of the mums

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Dancilla the Healthy Mums Project Nurse has done an amazing job improving the health of the Kigeme mums.

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Pastor Paul with Dancilla the Healthy Mums Project Nurse.

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Goats for Kigeme mums through the Healthy Mums Project.

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Mothers are also being taught how to do microbusinesses through training in sowing.

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Pastor Paul took us to the Kikongoro Parish Guest House.

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The Guest House in Kikongoro is new and well-laid out.

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We visited All Saints Church in Kikongoro where Pastor Assiel looks after 800+ lively Anglicans.

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The inside of the All Saints Anglican Church building

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A Music Leader from All Saints Kikongoro with Pastor Paul

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During our visit to Kikongoro, Pastor Paul enabled us to find a shop where we purchased two sets of guitar strings, which really helped the music practices at the Kigeme Cathedral.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiV, DMin

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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More adventures in Kigeme, Rwanda

By Rev. Ed Hird

After a night’s sleep, Janice and I continued our explorations of the Kigeme area with the most helpful assistance of Pastor Paul, Dean of the Kigeme Anglican Cathedral.

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The beauty of Rwanda’s hills is truly breath-taking.

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Through Pastor Paul, we led a Marriage Preparation session for four couples about to be married at the Kigeme Cathedral.

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Pastor Francis is one of the Anglican clergy serving in the Kigeme diocese.

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We were fortunate to be there the same time as the team from Christ the Redeemer Pender Harbour, led by the Rev Caroline Spence.

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We were privileged to be hosted by the Bishop’s wife Virginia and her family.

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Rev Jean Chrysostom and his family.

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A music workshop led by Janice in Kigeme Cathedral

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The Pender Harbour mission team

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Janice Hird at the Kigeme Anglican High School

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The Kigeme children did not need much to enjoy themselves.

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Lush and tropical wherever you look, with two harvesting seasons each year.

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An outdoor Bible Study held on the Kigeme Cathedral grounds.

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Some of the newer diocesan outreach facilities.

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The Kigeme Diocesan offices.

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Being welcomed for tea by Virginia, the Bishop’s wife.

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Previous Rwandan bishops

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The hospitality of the Bishop’s wife was most appreciated.

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The Bishop’s family with Janice

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Janice really appreciated the welcome that we received.

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The gracious hospitality of the Rwandan Anglicans in Kigeme was a real blessing.

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Greetings from Kigeme to Canada

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14,000 kilometres to meet these dear people.

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The door was wide open to our ministry among the Kigeme Anglicans.

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High School education means a lot to the Kigeme Anglicans.

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Many people in Kigeme are very gifted at carrying goods on their heads.

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Walking up to the Kigeme Anglican High School.

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Welcome to the Kigeme Anglican High School

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We were given a tour by the Chemistry teacher.

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It was starting to become darker quickly as we toured the High School.

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A sign encouraging the High School students to wait until marriage.

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Day is done, gone the sun, as we finish our tour of the Kigeme Anglican High School.

 

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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Visiting Kigeme, Rwanda

By Rev. Ed Hird

Having spent the first day at Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, we took a sardine-packed bus to the southwestern town of Kigeme. 20110813-024549.jpg

Before leaving Kigali, we met Bishop Mpango, a retired Tanzanian bishop staying at the Kigeme Cathedral guest house. He is very interested in helping launch people in businesses that can sow back into God’s Kingdom work.

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Meeting with Kigeme diocesan staff.

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Janice Hird, my wife, led four music workshops during the week at the Kigeme Cathedral.

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Upon arriving at Kigeme, we stumbled in on a music practice in the Cathedral. Their passion and giftedness was most enjoyable.

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This is a view of the choir from the back of the Kigeme Cathedral.

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Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say ‘rejoice’.

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Janice enjoying being in Kigeme.

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Esther sharing about the Healthy Mums Project.

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Bishop Augustin of the Kigeme Diocese at the All Africa’s Bishops Conference

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Anglican Educational Leaders in the Kigeme diocese

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Esther has been a key leader in the Healthy Mums Project, which has greatly reduced the infant mortality rate.

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Janice Hird with Jeanne D’Arc, Leader of the Anglican Schools

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Education, health, and church planting were core values of the original Anglican missionary who came to Kigeme in 1932.

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Preaching the good news throughout the Kigeme area.

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Meeting the Anglican High School students.

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Muraho means ‘hello’ in Kirywandan.

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Key diocesan leaders in the Kigeme area. Rev Jean Chrysostom organized our overall schedule for the week and kept in touch by e-mail during our preparations in Canada.

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Rwanda is truly the land of a thousand hills.

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Logging is often done by hand.

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The Kigeme Anglican Hospital was birthed from the original 1932 vision for medical care and healing through prayer.

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We had an opportunity to meet the Director of the Kigeme Anglican Hospital. The love of Jesus has been rooted into the DNA of this hospital. The staff starts every day with a half hour of worship.

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Ananias is the director of Human Relations at the Hospital. He is also a senior Catechist leading an Anglican Chapel.

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A mission team from the Anglican congregation in Maidenhead, UK, came to do many tasks, including rewiring the Kigeme Anglican Hospital.

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Thank God for people with electrical skills who can use them for the Kingdom.

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Janice Hird being given a tour of the Anglican Kigeme Hospital.

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We were also given a tour of the Maternity Ward.

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Pastor Samuel is the Chaplain for the Kigeme Anglican Hospital. I found him to be very godly and Spirit-filled.

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Pastor Paul Karangwa and Janice Hird in front of a hospital ambulance.

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The Anglican investment in health has made a significant difference for local Rwandans in the Kigeme area.

 

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This poster summed up what the Anglican diocese of Kigeme is seeking to accomplish. Their goal is that everyone plays their part in extending God’s Kingdom and rebuilding their nation.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

-award-winning author  of the book Battle for the Soul of Canada

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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A close up look at Rwanda: its Capital of Kigali

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

 

What a blessing to be part of the recent Mission Trip to Rwanda. We have read so much about Rwanda, but it is another thing to actually be there.

After some initial confusion at the Kigali airport, we took a taxi to the Kigali Cathedral where we were greeted by Pastor Samuel (left), Dean of St Etienne’s Anglican Cathedral and his staff.

My wife Janice and I visited the Kigali Cathedral, the home of so many remarkable times of ministry with Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini and the new Rwandan Primate, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje.

St Etienne’s Anglican Cathedral has been the context for many key ordinations and consecrations over the years.

As well as the seats in the Cathedral, they have an outside speaker system for overflow crowds.

Coming to Rwanda was a dream come true.

Looking out on the St Etienne’s Anglican Cathedral grounds.

Looking out on the diocesan offices.

Kigali Diocesan staff and clergy.

Touring the Milles Colline Hotel, made famous by the inaccurate ‘Hotel Rwanda’ movie.

Peace the Director of the Mothers’ Union at the Kigali Cathedral complex.

It was great to be welcomed to the Diocese of Kigali by Bishop Louis Muvunyi

On the first night in Rwanda, we stayed at the Kigali Cathedral Guest House. Being deeply jetlagged, our time clock was way out of wack, waking up at all times of the day/night.

The meals provided were very tasty. We were very careful to not eat any uncooked vegetables. I did not need a repeat of the food poisoning that I had experienced on the last day of being in Hawaii.

Pastor Samuel, the Dean of Kigali Cathedral, took us on a brief  tour of Kigali City, and moved us from the more ‘rustic’ guest house on the upper Cathedral grounds to the much nicer guest house on the lower Cathedral grounds. The Cathedral grounds were relatively expansive, covering both sides of a busy University area road.

This is not an attack from an octopus from outer space, just our first mosquito net at the Kigali Cathedral guest house. As it is hotter in Kigali, I had to kill 6 buzzing mosquitoes that night just to sleep. In Kigeme,being of a higher altitude, there were many less mosquitoes.

I had a very strong sense from God that we were to purchase a guitar, then use it in the music workshops that Janice would teach, before donating it to the Kigali Cathedral. The problem was that we already had way too much luggage, including a massive duffle bag of baby clothes. The solution was to purchase it in Kigali just before we went on a ‘sardine-packed’ bus to Kigeme. A man working at the Kigali Station agreed to take me five blocks so that I could purchase this guitar for 70,000 Francs (around $105 Canadian/US).  Unfortunately I forgot to purchase extra strings which I did later in Kikongoro many days later, after breaking a string on my first day in Kigeme!  I was also pleased to see the Cathedral’s other guitar which had been donated by the Rev Barclay Mayo on their Mission Trip six years ago. Sadly the E-string was totally dead. But after new strings, Barclay’s guitar was in fine form. In the workshop, we taught the participants how to tune a guitar. It is amazing the difference between a guitar in tune or almost in tune.

The Cathedral had a third guitar but it was literally in three pieces. All in all, this felt as if we had obeyed the promptings of God’s still small voice. It is sometimes hard to tell whether it is God or just us.

Given the tragic genocide in Rwanda 17 years ago, it was wonderful to see how peaceful the country has become, how it is being rebuilt, and how much reconciliation has happened among people who have suffered so deeply and lost so many family and friends. It inspires me to keep short accounts with others, as we are so easily offended as Canadians, and not that good at forgiving even petty offences. “…as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

-award-winning author  of the book Battle for the Soul of Canada

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca