Loots & Nancy Lambrechts
with Joshua, Lola and Tilly-Tallulah
Loots and Nancy work on the Preach The Word (PTW) training course in Rwanda. They equip students to read and teach the Bible faithfully and pass it on, and live alongside the students to model applying Biblical truth to daily life.
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.
When the Lambrechts family went to Rwanda they had a burden for the church there, that the Bible would be central to its life and teaching.
Loots met Determiné, a local man who shared this same burden. They became friends, met and talked over many months, lamented the situation within the church and decided that they should do something about it. So the Preach The Word training course was born in the context of a country still hurting and recovering from the 1994 genocide and a church that sought to help, but has somehow lost its way. Determiné and Loots are the two facilitators on the course, they focus on equipping the students to handle to word of God responsibly and to pass it on faithfully. They encourage a family feel on the course, with their motto being that it is both training and discipleship together. They are deliberate in living life alongside the students and speaking Biblical truth into their lives. Their ultimate hope and prayer is that Preach The Word will bear fruit within the church of Rwanda by bringing Biblical teaching into sharp focus, so that the church may be built up to maturity in Christ.
One of Preach The Word’s students, Daniel Ledama, commented ‘I can say that PTW is a family where we come and we really learn the word of God, and it is a place where we really get changed by the word of God’.
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The Lambrechts work on the Preach the Word (PTW) training course in Kigali, Rwanda. PTW equips students to read and teach the Bible faithfully, raising up future church leaders.
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Latest prayer points
- 30 June 2017
The Lambrechts family are currently in the UK for two months’ Home Assignment, before moving to South Africa in mid-August. Until the end of 2018, Loots will visit Rwanda every few months in order to help support, advise and encourage Rwandan partners as they now lead Preach The Word (PTW). “We are prayerful about a future ministry from within South Africa. We have a few ideas which we are investigating, and hope that once we are on the ground in South Africa we will have more clarity on what the real possibilities are. Please pray for the Lord’s guiding in this regard. We know that he holds the future and has a plan for our lives. Pray that he would give us wisdom and clarity. Also pray for the local leaders in Kigali, for Determine, Daniel, Asnath and Innocent. Pray that the Lord would keep them faithful and give them strength for the task of leading PTW and Gospel Community Church. Pray for Loots’ time with them in August, that it would be an encouraging time for all.”
- 17 March 2017
“In December Loots was called home to South Africa as his mother was sick in hospital. Upon his return to Rwanda he felt a burden for his parents, both with failing health and little family support around them… weighing up the need between Loots’ family and our Rwandan friends, we feel our brothers and sisters in Rwanda will thrive without us. We know that the gospel has been well established amongst the believers the Lord has given us these seven-and-a-half years. We are confident that… they have leaders who will continue to love God and his word, teach it and live by it. Our hearts are still for the lost of Africa and our longing is still to see Bible-believing churches planted across this continent. Therefore we hope that whatever ministry the Lord has prepared for us in South Africa will lead us to labour towards this end. Please pray that we would finish well in Rwanda, and invest in future leaders. Also pray that the Lord would provide us with a home, schools for our children and work for our hands in South Africa.”
- 11 November 2016
“The end of October saw our fifth annual PTW retreat. We headed down to lake Kivu to contemplate our topic for the weekend – speaking the truth in love. Many of our Rwandan friends have told us that deceit is a particular problem in Rwandan culture, and we have also experienced this for ourselves. In Western cultures we tend to start relationship with the premise of trust. We trust someone until they prove to be untrustworthy. In Rwanda it is the opposite, you are untrustworthy until you prove you can be trusted. For this reason people hold back and do not give away too much about themselves in case it could be used against them. This makes developing meaningful relationships a long and painful process. However, as a Christian community we hope to be free from deceit and dishonesty and therefore build relationships built on trust. We were challenged that Jesus is the embodiment of ultimate truth and so we must walk in the light as he is in the light and be people of truth. Please pray that all of us at PTW would become people who love truth, because Jesus is the truth. Pray that we would not give into cultural norms and that we would become known as people who stand for, and speak, the truth in love.”