In September 2011, Bridget crossed the border from Congo to take up a teaching position with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda. Here she is responsible for a variety of English courses: general English to adults in the English for Study and Service courses, English to pastors in the Pastors’ Training School and academic English at the Christian Leadership Institute of Rwanda (CLIR). At CLIR, Bridget ensures that the students’ level of English is adequate for studying at degree level.
Rwanda Since the genocide of 1994-95, restoring, restructuring and privatising the economy have been the emphasis of the last decade. The government has made great strides to excise ethnicity from politics and society. It has full freedom of religion, with 89% of the population identifying themselves with Christianity.
Since 1980 she has had a multi-faceted experience of teaching in Africa: teaching missionaries’ children at Rethy Academy and secondary school pupils at Institut Luru, working as a school advisor for the CECA-20 (AIM’s partner church in Zaire/DR Congo) schools in the north-eastern region of Zaire, and latterly preparing secondary school trainee teachers at Institut Supérieur Pédagogique CECA/20 in the newly-named Congo.
Evacuation from Zaire led to teaching in Nairobi, administration in the AIM France office and five years of administration at the International Office in Bristol. This wide experience of AIM ministry provides a suitable backcloth for the added responsibility of serving as AIM Rwanda Unit Leader.
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Partner with Bridget Howard
Bridget teaches English to adults in conjunction with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda and is also Unit Leader for Rwanda.
If you would like to partner with Bridget in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 19 January 2018
“As I begin 2018, I feel very much like [I am] training my eyes on a distant spot – my future. This should be my last year on-field before I take home assignment and then retire from active service. But when do I leave Rwanda? At the end of the year when it’s likely to be cold and drear in an English winter? Or do I wait until my visa expires early 2019 when it will be springtime? Who will replace me as a teacher for the English classes at NCM? Who will replace me as AIM Unit leader? What about the AIM Unit? Packing up the house, terminating employees’ contracts? Where will I live? What will I do? Experience has taught me that I can’t sit in some safe place and work it out on paper; I have to walk it out day by day trusting that ‘he who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or image’ and who ‘works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ will guide my steps and meet my needs. Thank you for journeying with me in 2018 and praying with me to know the good, perfect, acceptable will of God.”
- 24 November 2017
“we had a full week at the end of October when leadership personnel from the AIM Central Region office came to visit. They were able to see us in our ministry locations and meet with partner organisations. They made suggestions of potential ministries and ideas of how to mobilise local church members for mission. We are thinking through the implications of this and writing personnel requests and praying for personnel.”
- 25 August 2017
“The week before I went to [the AIM Conference in] Kampala the 4th year pastors were at NCM accompanied by their wives – the usual practice for the graduating class – to treat the subjects of family life, conflict resolution in marriage and the role of a pastor’s wife. As usual the men were smartly dressed in the company of their wives. I return after the departure of the wives to find the men back to T-shirts and flipflops! And I’m straight back into teaching their English module, teaching extra hours to make up for the missed lessons last week. I returned to more contrast. Dominique, my night guard, had news of the birth of a sixth child but the baby died a couple of days after birth. Gilbert, my day worker, had happy news of the birth of a second daughter. We mourn and rejoice at the same time…Many of you have journeyed with me during all these years. Thank you. And God journeys with us all the days of our lives. The words of Psalm 71:17-18 express my testimony and prayer. God is good all the time; all the time God is good.”