11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, you will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
--2 Corinthians 9:11-13
The LCSA (Lutheran Church of South Africa) has long-standing church-fellowship with the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK, Germany) and with the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa (FELSISA), with which it shares a common liturgy and lectionary, church order, and ways of Christian living. Since 1980, the LCSA has also worked together with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which resulted in church fellowship agreement between these churches. It is also a founding member of the International Lutheran Council (ILC). The American Association of Lutheran Churches (TAALC), of which Kongsvinger is a member, have supportive relationships with several of these same Lutheran groups.
Pastor Maniragaba downloads sermons from the Kongsvinger website for personal encouragement and use within his two congregations. Therefore, we are confident that this young confessional Lutheran church body is of sound doctrine and worthy of our support.
Kongsvinger has provided support for two new construction roofing projects at Bufunda and Mukama. These are basic mud-brick structures with metal roofs providing weather-protected shelter for their respective congregations.
I came first to hear about the story of a great man called Martin Luther (a Germany) when I was at Westminster Theological College at Kampala-Uganda while studied the Reformation Theology. I tried to find among the students who was a Lutheran believer and none of them was a Lutheran. When I came back to Rwanda I tried to find the church of Lutherans in districts of Nyagatare and Gatsibo, and none I could find.
After one year I finished my Bachelor of Theology and came back in Rwanda, I started to evangelize people whom to start the Lutheran Church with, we have chosen to be called: The "Reformed Lutheran Church of Rwanda".
And now I am the President of the "Reformed Lutheran Church of Rwanda". We are based in Rwanda (Eastern of Africa). Really, we are a new Lutheran Church, and we want to be a confessional Lutheran church like other Lutheran churches. And we pray and ask God that we can learn on your feet. We need to learn much from you and be your friendly or your sister church in Rwanda.
I am called Pastor Maniragaba Jean Claude, married to Ernestine and have two children Teta and Darlene. I stay in Rwanda - a country of Eastern Africa.
Let us obey Jesus Christ in His Great Commission to us: Matthew 28: 19-20
God bless you.