Emmanuel Mukeshimana and family

Langham Scholar studying to relieve poverty in Rwanda

20 September 2019 |

Langham Scholar Emmanuel Mukeshimana is studying Christ’s mission to the poor in order to construct a model for poverty alleviation in his home country of Rwanda. He is studying for a PhD at the Uganda Christian University.

Rwanda still bears the scars of the 1994 genocide.

Emmanuel is hoping that his PhD studies will strengthen the church in Rwanda and influence the Government there. His dissertation explored Christ’s mission to the poor in Luke’s Gospel in order to construct a Christian model for poverty alleviation in Rwanda.

Emmanuel’s vision is that advanced theological education will help him to integrate faith and practical development, bringing poverty relief to the local community.

Genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda still bears the scars of the 1994 genocide, during which 500,000 to 1.3 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in 100 days.

Emmanuel and his wife Emilienne have five children: Davis, Anabella, Daniel, Ariella and Adriella.

Tens of thousands of women were raped and widowed. Since the genocide, many Rwandans have converted to Evangelical Christianity and to Islam. According to the 2012 census, 50% of the 11.3 million Rwandans are Protestant, 44% Catholic, and 2% Muslim.

Although the Rwandan economy has improved since the genocide, most Rwandans are poor and rely on subsistence farming. Production of tea and coffee is among Rwanda’s main exports. The World Economic Forum reported in 2016 that more than 60% of the population still live on around £1 a day.

Influence the government

Emmanuel’s dissertation defence is due to take place soon.

Emmanuel and his wife Emilienne have five children: Davis (11), Anabella (8), Daniel (3), Ariella (almost 2), and Adriella (1).

His dissertation defence or ‘Viva’ is due to scheduled soon, after which he will pursue suitable employment.

Emmanuel was previously a part-time lecturer at Uganda Christian University. He was also Diocesan Secretary of the Anglican Church of the Cyangugu Diocese, Rwanda.

Please pray

Please pray that Emmanuel’s findings will inform and strengthen the Rwandan Church, and positively influence the government.

Pray also for his family, for God’s protection and provision. Pray for good Christian schools for Emmanuel’s children.

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