Bishop Mbanda Elected Archbishop of Rwanda

On January 17th, 2018, the House of Bishops elected Rt. Revd. Laurent Mbanda as the next Archbishop of Rwanda. Bishop Mbanda will replace Archbishop Rwaje, who is retiring after 7 years of service to the church. The enthronement ceremony for Bishop Mbanda will take place on June 10th, marking the official beginning of his time as Archbishop.

Join us in prayer and celebration for Archbishop Elect Mbanda!

In appreciation of God’s provision, Bishop Mbanda reflected, “The important work we do would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our pastors and staff. I am humbled by God’s plan and look forward to leading and serving the church as Archbishop.” 

Other Updates:

Students Head Back to School

Students all over the country returned to school January 19-21 for the beginning of the new school year. Irene, at right, arrived at Sonrise High School on Sunday, January 21, for her S5 year. She is specializing in the hard sciences, focusing her time on studying physics, chemistry, and biology. Taking time to relax and reunite with her friends Aline and Merici (pictured below), Irene expressed her excitement to be back at school for the new term. 

Church Facilitators to Receive Recognition

On Friday, February 2nd, Shyira Diocese and Hope International recognized 16 new Saving and Credit Association (SCA) church facilitators by providing them with bikes for easier access to the communities they serve. These leaders, along with their peers, will facilitate a total of 974 groups, which serve 19,000 people in Rwanda’s Northern Province. The groups teach individuals skills to improve their livelihood through communal saving and loan programs. Moreover, the groups not only work to serve members financially, but also spiritually and socially. 

Rugarama Church Grows with Addition of New Building

Rugarama church, located about 15 minutes between Musanze town and the Ugandan border, has seen their congregation swell with the construction of a new church building. The project was undertaken in October 2017 as a partnership between Shyira Diocese and International Cooperating Ministries. A dedication ceremony, pictured right, took place on Sunday, February 25th to celebrate the beginning of its use as a sanctuary on Sundays and a preschool during the week. 

Shyira Diocese Partners with Anglican Aid for new Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects


Anglican Aid recently awarded Shyira Diocese almost $17,000 to implement 10 new water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in each of th­­­­­e four districts Shyira operates in. The projects will harvest, clean, and store rain water for churches and surrounding communities. The children pictured above are collecting 10-20 liters of water each to help with concrete restoration efforts at their church. They have to walk 4 kilometers each way to get water from the lake. The new projects will allow women and children like those pictured below to use their time for other activities, such as generating income or going to school.

Excitement at MIPC as New Dorm Nears Completion and Graduation Approaches

The first phase of Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College’s (MIPC) new residence hall is expected to be completed within the next month, with a plan for students to move in this coming summer. The dorm will house 300 students, who will live there while completing technical degrees in subjects such as accounting, tourism management, and carpentry. 

MIPC is also planning for their inaugural graduation, set for March 28th, 2018. In preparation, the Mother’s Union at Shyira Diocese is hard at work sewing caps and gowns for the graduates. Due to the high number needed, a few new staff were brought in to assist with the demand. Daphrose, pictured below, came from the surrounding community to help make sure they finish in time.