Godly Local Leaders

Christophe Mbonyingabo of CARSA

Christophe Mbonyingabo of CARSA

During the past two weeks, we hosted Christophe Mbonyingabo, Founder and Executive Director of CARSA of Rwanda. He is a courageous and Spirit-anointed leader set apart for rebuilding Rwanda out of genocide. Click here to check out the website of CARSA which is an affiliate partner of Breakthrough Partners. Christophe and his team are instrumental in the incredible healing and transformation of lives that have been traumatized by the wounds of genocide.

Again I was reminded that the rebuilding of broken communities and nations is built on the backs and from the convictions of Godly Local Leadership. Outsiders will never be able to lead a process of transformation. It takes those with moral and spiritual credibility who are relationally connected to the populous. It takes those who are in the culture of the local setting, but not of it. It takes those who are prepared to suffer and serve for the glory of God, even unto death.

This is where Christian mission, donor and development work so often goes astray. Those who come from the outside with money, messages and materials naively believe that they can bring about profound and lasting change. It simply does not work that way. And so often we let those with money, technological equipment, and educational degrees determine the priorities and strategies for the local mission. Then we wonder why there is no sustainable change.

The key for change to nations like Rwanda is to identify those who are morally credible, Holy Spirit anointed and filled with the vision of the Kingdom of God coming on earth like in heaven. Listen to them, follow them and support them. For culture change and rebuilding of nations is a job for insiders!

Gary Edmonds

[You may support Christophe and CARSA through Breakthrough Partners by clicking here.]

  1. Jose’s avatar

    Amén to that! Excellent introduction Gary. Thank you for sharing it, and thank God for leaders like brother Mbonyingabo.

    I sense that as the American church becomes less influential and/or wealthy in the US, we’re starting to see a change of attitude in these things. Our recent ethical, moral, social and economic woes have helped a lot of Christians to think maybe we don’t have all the answers to the world’s problems.

    We still a long way to go, though.

    Jose

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  2. Sylvestre’s avatar

    It’s nice to read the message! This is a great revelation from God that people from developed countries would have to help, support and then bring sustainable change. People from west usually think that they are well placed to envision, and design program and some times they think that they are the right person to implement the vision through their own ways and culture and impact the communities. Having money and other means doesn’t mean being right in every thing. Lack of financial resources doesn’t mean not having a good vision and abilities to implement it. The change may come from the joint efforts of insiders and outsiders when they work together in diversity and respect each other as partners. Every one has some thing to learn from other and has also some thing to offer to the community.

    May God change the mindsets of people from both sides; the west the rest of the world and then the kingdom of God comes on earth like in heaven.

    Blessings to all of you.

    In Christ,
    Sylvestre

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  3. Syldio’s avatar

    Thanks Gary, for being a voice for this long ignored mission principle and for supporting Christophe!

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  4. Geni’s avatar

    I read this input with great interest, and am in full agreement with you about the role of local leadership. I am excited about brother Mbonyingabo. May God raise godly and kingdom leadership in the nations, so the gospel can be spread and the Kingdom come. May we corageously and wisely come alongside Spirit led movements among the nations, for His glory!

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