By Jean paul ndindamahina, 13th feb 2015.
Rwanda’s Adventists playing an important role in Rwanda’s Economic growth
The Adventist religion in Rwanda is the country’s most important dimention of culture after catholic church and since 1919 when a swiss born Seventy day Adventist and his wife Henrie Monnier moved to Rwanda and setting up an Adventist first church in Gitwe, and he settled in my home town Rwankeli.
In developing Rwanda while expanding Adventist religion in Rwanda, Monnier employed the traditional threefold Protestant missionary approach of the time, which included direct communication of the gospel, networks of schools, and medical dispensary work. Monnier exerted a powerful influence upon the Banyarwanda and in the early 1930s this work culminated in one of the most notable people movements in SDA mission history. Hutu and Tutsi were united in an outbreak of enthusiasm that brought thousands into the church. Monnier was a natural linguist and an active member of the British and Foreign Bible Society-sponsored team that translated the Bible into Kinyarwanda under the direction of H. E. Guilleband. The Kinyarwanda New Testament was published in 1931; Monnier worked on revisions and on parts of the Old Testament for the remainder of his life. He died of typhoid fever in Beirut, Lebanon, during a trip. In addition to his translation work, which included a hymnal, Monnier wrote a Kinyarwanda grammar for English-speaking people and a series of Kinyarwanda pamphlets on the gospel and the major doctrines of the Christian church. Adventist Religion has expanded very rapidly in Rwanda with almost 11% of the Rwanda’s entire population being Seven Day Adventists.
Today, Rwandans have benefitted in Adventists religion work in bringing them clean water and sheleters, schools and hospitals in almost every province of Rwanda. As Rwandan and Adventist, I thank Monnier for his wonderful work of gospel to Rwanda that continues to expand and thank all Adventists members who continue to help Rwandans overcome the post war and genocide dilemma Through that wonderful spiritual faith.
More of Monnier story : http://www.dacb.org/stories/rwanda/monnier_henri2.html