Our peacebuilding and reconciliation ministry grows out of the need for humans to be reconciled with God and God's call for our lives to be reconciled to each other. In many parts of the African continent there have been longstanding situations of conflict. Unless true forgiveness can be achieved there will not be healing in these situations.
The ministry is particularly aimed at communities which have been impacted by war, oppression, racism or disunity within the church.
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the
new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Trauma, healing and reconciliation workshops for church leaders were conducted in Maputo, Mazambique in the lead up to our Pan African Mission in September-October 2011. The workshops were held in April and May 2011 and were attended by more than 75 local church leaders. The aim of the workshop was to encourage leaders to be reconciled to God and one another and to unite together for the mission.
In 2008 African Enterprise held its annual Pan African Mission in
Bujumbura, Burundi. The major aim in this particular mission was to
bring healing for the people of Bujumbura in the aftermath of the
violence that spilt over from the Rwandan genocide in the mid 90's. In
2011, AE's Director of Peacebuilding, Emmanuel Kopwe and Rev David Nkone
were able to complete a documentary entitled "Trauma, Healing and
Reconciliation: Burundi Case Study" based on the 10-year reconciliation
program facilitated by AE that has brought healing to many people
including local church leaders.
Early in 2011 Rev Nkone went to visit refugee camps in the Kigoma region of Tanzania. The camps are in Kasulu District. Mtabila refugee camp is still having refugees from Burundi who havbe not decided to go back to their own country. Nyarugusu camp has more than 60 000 refugees from DRC.
In December 2011 Devid Nkone facilitated the Youth Camp in Mwanza, Tanzania where more than 350 attended. Many renewed their commitment with the Lord Jesus, and about 56 came to the Lord for the first time.