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
- 10 August 2018
“The news of the moment is that I have decided on my return date to the UK. With the changes of personnel at New Creation Ministries and the re-evaluation of some of the courses, it has been decided to offer the Academic Writing and Research module as the first module for the new 2019 intake and I was asked to teach that course. After talking with various trusted advisors, I have agreed to do so since I seem well-placed to use my experience and knowledge of the student’s needs and problems. It will be an 8-week module from January to early March. So it looks as if I’ll be back in the UK while we are still in Europe before we Brexit! Please pray for me as I complete preparation and teaching of that course and for the three remaining PTS study blocks. I’m still undecided as to how to use my time and if it will be possible to offer adult English courses during the remaining months. Please pray also that we will be able to find a replacement teacher of English.”
- 4 May 2018
“Father God; May the hills of Rwanda be alive with the sound of the music of your gospel. Send your Spirit to renew the many congregations that meet in the name of Jesus. As leaders are raised up and trained, may they be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, fulfilling the ongoing ministry of Jesus. May the leaders be meek and preach good tidings. May they bind up broken hearts, proclaim liberty to the captives, open prison doors to the many who are bound in sin, sorrow and fear. May they comfort those who still mourn, giving them beauty for their ashes, the oil of joy for their mourning, the garment of praise for their spirit of heaviness. May all of this be so that you may be glorified.”
- 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.”