Rwamagana is a city of 53,000 inhabitants, 50 km east of Kigali and is the seat of the homonymous district of the Eastern Province of Rwanda. In the region, there are 8 Orthodox communities – besides Rwamagana, in the towns Kaziba, Rwabtazi, Gashobora, Gishari, Kibungo, Nyamata and Mount Kigari. Throughout the district, missionary work has been conducted for four years, 1,500 people have been baptized, while another 400 are being cathechized. In order to become Orthodox, they are thoroughly taught and assessed. Many of them have even got into Byzantine music. From here come three priests, Fr. Maximos, Fr. Panagiotis and deacon Timothy, while another faithful named Peter is preparing for priesthood and has been ordained a reader.
At last, the time has come for all these souls to have their own church. St. John the Baptist church in Rwamagana will be the first Orthodox church in the country to be built after Holy Trinity church in Nyamata, whose construction began in 2012 funded by our Fraternity. An anonymous donor from Athens undertook to pay the largest amount for the construction of the holy church. We thank her by heart and hope that more people will join her to support the historical beginning of Ortodoxy in this small eastern African county.
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