Serving our World

The Lutheran Church in Rwanda

The Lutheran Church of Rwanda (LCR), a member of the Lutheran World Federation, is a rapidly growing new Lutheran church body. Started by Rwandan refugees returning from Tanzania after the genocide of 1994, its 40,000 members and 17 pastors are organized into 18 parishes with 75 congregations.

The LCR and its local congregations work to renew Rwandan communities in the wake of the 1994 genocide, which left one million people dead, the nation collapsed, and the infrastructure destroyed. Rwandan Lutherans reach out to both refugees and those who stayed in Rwanda. The LCR engages in creating sustainable peace and reconciliation by coordinating and conducting seminars and workshops for community and congregational leaders. Rwandan Lutherans are building their church and renewing their country.

Through the church-wide ELCA Global Mission unit, the ELCA relates to and is in bilateral relationship with over 80 companion churches and institutions. The ELCA Global Mission unit stewards a church-to-church relationship with the Lutheran Church of Rwanda. This relationship is deepened and extended by the LCR’s relationship, through the ELCA Companion Synods program, with the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod.

Our Partner Congregation in Kagitumba

We partner with the Lutheran Church in Kagitumba, Rwanda in financial support, prayer support, and an exchange of stories about our ministries in Kagitumba and Rwanda.

Pastor Robert Mukundane was installed as Pastor at the Kagitumba Parish on January 7, 2018. The Lutheran congregation in Kagitumba numbers 86 people; 44 of those are under the age of 17.   Kagitumba is a farming community; planting and cultivating beans and maize. They have 2 rainy seasons: the first from March to May and the second from Sept to November. The school year is from January through November.

Come on Sunday, March 3/21 at 11: 30 am and make a difference in hunger issues in California from the comfort and safety of your own home! We will have a Zoom meeting with David Gist, the Regional Senior Organizer for Bread for the World, at that time following our Sunday worship service.

As there are now a number of significant bills addressing hunger relief before our State legislature, we are looking toward writing letters and emails to our CA state legislators.  The bills we will be addressing include:

  • SB 107 CalFresh: Simple for Seniors, which makes it easier for seniors to access healthy public food assistance.
  • SB 364 End Child Hunger, which establishes universal school meals for all kids in public schools and creates a stopgap nutrition program for school breaks and when campuses are closed. 
  • AB 221 Emergency Food for All, which grants food assistance access to immigrants, regardless of their status.

As Christians we affirm the Right to Food for all people – access, nutrition, food security, and dignity. In 2021 Californians are speaking up about the Right to Food and urging elected leaders to take action, and Bread for the World affirms this priority. The Mission and Service Committee hopes that this will be a meaningful and effective part of your Lenten experience.  For more information, please contact MaryClare James or Kathy Booker.