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. Aline, Merci, and Irene, at right, arrived at Sonrise High School on Sunday, January 21, for their S3, S3, and S5 years, respectively. Each of the girls are from various districts in the Northern Province, and are excited to be back together for the new term. While Aline and Merci are still in general studies, Irene has decided to specialize in the hard sciences, focusing her time on physics, chemistry, and biology.

Church Facilitators to Receive Recognition


On Friday, February 2nd, Shyira Diocese and Hope International recognized 78 Saving and Credit Association (SCA) church facilitators for their good work and dedication. These community leaders 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 in Gafumba Parish and 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 is planned for the end of the month to mark 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 the ­­­­­ four districts that Shyira operates in. The projects will harvest, clean, and store rain water for churches and surrounding communities. Charlotte, at right, is carrying 20 liters of water to her church to help with concrete restoration efforts, walking 4 kilometers each way to the lake to do so. The new projects will allow women like Charlotte 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. 

Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College (MIPC) is 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 above, came from the surrounding community to help make sure they finish in time.