In September 2011, Bridget crossed the border from Congo to take up a teaching position with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda. Here she was 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 ensured that the students’ level of English was adequate for studying at degree level.
Rwanda Since the genocide of 1994, 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 had already 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 provided a suitable backcloth for the added responsibility of serving as AIM Rwanda Unit Leader.
Bridget retired formally from serving with AIM at the end of March 2020, although she now volunteers remotely as the Administrator for AIM France.
Partner with Bridget Howard
Until 2020, Bridget taught English to adults in conjunction with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda and was also Unit Leader for Rwanda.
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- 9 August 2019
Bridget has returned to the UK before retiring from serving with AIM. “A major activity has been to start on the search for property in order to have somewhere to settle after my home assignment. Wallington ticks many of the boxes on my list so this is where I’ve been viewing. Wallington is a small town and hasn’t changed too much over the years since I first came here to teach. Some of the members of the church are parents of children who were pupils at the school when I taught there, and some of my contemporaneous colleagues live nearby. There has been a major change in demographics in the town, however, and several of those serving in shops are of Asian descent with connections with Kenya who love to talk about life in Nairobi and Africa.” Please pray for God to provide somewhere for Bridget to live and for him to guide her into how she should be spending her time and energy in her retirement.
- 11 January 2019
Bridget will be returning to the UK in March for a final Home Assignment before retiring from missionary service. “I plan to attend a couple of re-entry retreats at the beginning of April for Christian workers returning to the UK after ministry overseas, and for full-time Christian workers preparing for retirement… 2019 will be a time of Home Assignment, i.e. reconnecting with churches and supporters, attending conferences, meeting with mission personnel for debriefing, visiting friends and adjusting to life in the UK. Before I leave I have quite a heavy teaching load to undertake as well as packing up the house and disposing of my belongings. So I would appreciate prayer for stamina and enthusiasm!”
- 19 October 2018
“We are at a guest house on Lake Mahazi, the ‘finger lake’ to the east of Kigali, a quiet place for the annual NCM [New Creation Ministries] staff and leadership weekend retreat. This year the matter for discussion and prayer is rather pressing as the government has recently issued new legislation regarding requirements for anyone who teaches or preaches in a church. These new requirements may have implications for our training programmes and our credentials as a training institution. Please pray for the Executive Committee as they bear the burden of implementing a strategic plan.”