Church to Church Partnership Directory
Why a Church to Church (Sister Parish) Relationship?
When North Americans first think about forming a relationship with a parish in Rwanda, it's natural to think about improvements we might bring that could enhance the lives of Christians who may have less than us financially. It feels like relief and development might be our primary responsibility in this relationship. But what if it's not? What if the wisdom of God is deeper and wider and more generous? What if He is offering us our first taste of His eternal family? What if our relationship together is really about our relationship with Him?
The process begins with an opening of eyes, a softening of hearts, and learning to listen. We see injustice and the consequences of poverty, and our hearts jump to compassion; our minds race to solutions. But the deeper work of transformation begins with simple engagement: listening, observing, meeting eyes, and holding our hurried selves back. At the heart of our connection with the Rwandan church is an invitation to personal transformation. How will we respond to that invitation? Are we called to support one another, including financial support? Yes, but let us do that in genuine and mutual relationship.
RMP serves as a bridge builder and facilitator, a cultural liaison, and a service to foster these relationships.