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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Bridget teaches English to adults in conjunction with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda and is also Unit Leader for Rwanda.
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Latest prayer points
- 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.”
- 17 March 2017
“It was like travelling back into the past as I stepped onto the cement dais in the Primary 6 classroom… [I was acting] as Jessica [Goldschmidt]’s colleague as she directed an event as part of the Why Wait? Life Skills Programme… on Saturday morning I joined her and some of the young people from 3D Christian Camps to present the programme based on the teaching of 1 Corinthians 12 that everyone is to be valued even though they are different. I opened the four-hour morning event with the children composing ‘A Booklet About Me’ through questions and answers in English. Later the 80+ children explored their different interests as they participated in creative activities of dance, drama, singing and pottery. Please pray for the second session with the primary school on Saturday 18th March. The focus will be on the need to make good friends and avoid bad friends. Pray for Eric, a New Creations Ministries colleague, who will present the talk.”
- 13 January 2017
Writing on Tuesday, at the beginning of the academic year at the Christian Leadership Institute of Rwanda (CLIR), Bridget said: “It’s my responsibility to offer learning support if a student is struggling in a particular area and [a student called David has come] often asking for help in how to write a resume of a text or how to understand the assignment requirements. This afternoon, he came to greet me before the beginning of class, excited to be starting back but also excited to report on how he had put some of my advice into practice. We had discussed how to prepare a talk or presentation… He had applied that knowledge as he prepared his talk in Kinyarwanda and then had taken the microphone to address a group of 200 on living the Christian life. ‘I’ve done a lot of thinking during the holiday. I don’t want to have lots of knowledge in my head; it must make a difference in my life, too!’ That’s the purpose of CLIR, which Tim emphasised as he welcomed the student body, urging them to emulate Paul’s charge to be a catalyst among others to present them mature and complete in Christ. So it’s going to be an exciting year as we follow these 40 students in their journey to discover the contents of the Bible, joys and sorrows of Church history, a Christian approach to science and – of course – how to write brilliant academic essays!” Please pray for the new academic year at CLIR, that the students will learn well and that God would use their studies to grow them to be more like Jesus and become men and women who will build up the Church in Rwanda.