Loots & Nancy Lambrechts

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Loots and Nancy worked on the Preach The Word (PTW) training course in Rwanda from 2010-2018. 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.

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’.

Towards the end of their time serving with AIM the Lambrechts family needed to move for South Africe, so handed over Preach the Word (PTW) training course in Kigali, Rwanda, to the local leadership. Loots returned to Rwanda every couple of months until the end of 2018, when they formally finished serving with AIM.

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Loots & Nancy have now finished their service with AIM, after handing over the Preach The Word training course to local leadership and moving to South Africa. In their final prayer letter, about a final visit to Rwanda before finishing serving with AIM they wrote: “Being in Rwanda brought back so many memories of the lives we once lived there… everything felt so familiar, and our love for our family in Rwanda has not diminished. Even though I knew this was the last ‘official’ trip, what I also hoped very deeply was that this will not be the last time I set foot on the red soil and the green hills of this land. We can never ‘really’ say goodbye. My hope is that Rwanda is part of our future, just a different kind of partnership. Please pray for our future partnership with our Rwandan family from South Africa. Pray that the Lord would sustain, strengthen and provide for the future of Preach The Word Training Course and Gospel Community Church.”

On Tuesday 10th April a number of us from the office attended a thanksgiving service for the life of Colin Molyneux who served with AIM in various capacities for over 35 years, including in Kenya, Madagascar, Chad and the UK. During the service Peter Maclure, a retired AIM missionary, read out a tribute to Colin’s work with AIM which you can read here. Please pray for Colin’s wife, Rosemary, and the wider family as they continue to mourn a much loved husband, father, brother and grandfather. Give thanks for the ways in which God blessed and used Colin throughout a life which has been characterised as “a life lived for Jesus”.

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.

“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.”

Rwanda

Rwanda. Following the genocide in 1994, Rwanda’s churches found a huge gap in their leadership, both in the numbers of leaders available and in training they had received. It has been suggested that only 5% of pastors of churches in the capital, Kigali, have had a secondary school education. AIM was invited by a protestant denomination to help train pastors and began doing so through regular teaching visits. LEARN MORE

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