Loots & Nancy Lambrechts
with Joshua, Lola and Tilly-Tallulah
Loots and Nancy have worked on the Preach The Word (PTW) training course in Rwanda for the last 8 years. This course equips 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’.
The Lambrechts are currently handing over Preach the Word (PTW) training course in Kigali, Rwanda, to the local leadership. They are based in South Africa, with Loots returning to Rwanda every couple of months till the end of 2018. They are prayerfully investigating new ministry opportunities in South Africa.
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The Lambrechts are currently handing over Preach the Word (PTW) training course in Kigali, Rwanda, to the local leadership.
If you would like to partner with the Lambrechts 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
- 4 May 2018
“The young, zealous church family of Gospel Community Church (GCC) in Kigali was planted just over a year ago, and we praise God for bringing this community of Bible believing Christians together. Nearly a month ago however, GCC was told by the Rwandan government that they could no longer gather in the building where they were meeting. In the last month the government has closed down over 700 churches in Kigali alone and 6300 nationwide. They say this clamp down is because churches have failed to comply with building health and safety standards. The reason given to GCC is that a school hall is not a suitable place for them to meet. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Kigali, that they would not loose heart or become discouraged, but instead would trust the Lord’s purposes and plans. Pray that through affliction and hardship the gospel would continue to thrive amongst them and their communities. Please pray that they would not give up meeting together in small groups and that the Lord would provide another venue for them. Pray for the children who were hearing the gospel week after week in the community where they used to meet. Pray that these children would keep hearing truth and that the seed that has been planted in their lives would not be snatched away. Please also pray for Loots’ upcoming trip to Kigali in the next few weeks. Pray that he would be a great encouragement to the people there.”
- 19 January 2018
“Another highlight from Loots’ [most recent] trip to Kigali, was spending time with Noblesse (a Preach The Word graduate and now missionary to the Laarim people in South Sudan). Noblesse was visiting Kigali with 3 Laarim believers and giving feedback to his sending church (Gospel Community Church). Please pray for Noblesse as he ministers in difficult circumstances, pray for special knowledge in learning the language of the Laarim people and also pray for the new Laarim believers, that they would be rooted and strengthened in their new faith.”
- 20 October 2017
Loots & Nancy have recently left Rwanda for South Africa, although they will be making regular trips back to Rwanda to continue to support the gospel work there. “While in Rwanda, Loots also joined in the 6th annual Preach the Word retreat, where Innocent was the speaker and the topic was ‘true discipleship’. Overall Loots was very encouraged by what he saw, and confident that the good work the Lord has started amongst our Rwandan friends he will bring to completion…As we begin to phase out of Rwanda over the next year, we are praying for the Lord’s guidance and for him to give us work for our hands. Our hearts are still very much for making disciples of Jesus Christ, for building up our brothers and sisters to know and love Christ more, for training individuals to teach and pass on the gospel and to see the church mobilised towards reaching those who have never heard the good news about Jesus Christ. We are investigating various possibilities, and praying for clarity. Would you please join us in prayer?”