30 April 2009

Ndayiragije Alain



A year ago I tried to write about our students from Burundi but there was one slight complication... we couldn't speak the same language... they were speaking French and I was speaking English with a French accent...

I tried but it was hard to get the full story...

But things have changed in a year... Ndayiragije is now fluent in English and I still enjoy trying a French accent...

I sat down with him this week to write his testimony for the church in the California that is sponsoring him to study at Gaba Bible Institute... as usual, I was so moved by all he has been through to get here I just had to share it with all of you...

Alain comes from Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. Burundi has suffered through tribal wars since 1969 which has kept the churches, schools and political system in a state of chaos for the last four decades. This same warring tribes are the same Hutu and Tutsi tribes that were brought to the world's attention after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In Burundi many of them instead chose to scatter to surrounding countries like Tanzania and those who remained were dependent on the military for protection and security.

Alain was born into a polygamous family and was separated from his birth mother while he was still a baby. He was raised by his grandmother and aunt until he was placed in an Internally Displaced People Camp at age 13 in 1994. He was placed in a United Nations school and remained in the Camp until 1996. In 1994 the city of Bujumbura was separated by tribe and in 1996 Alain was placed in a Tutsi quarter of the city. He remained there until he finished his secondary education in 2004.

In 1996 Alain heard a voice calling him to believe in Christ, he believed and some began serving as a Sunday School teacher and worship leader in the Pentecostal Church of Burundi. In 2004 Alain began traveling throughout Burundi and Rwanda as an evangelist. In August 2006 Alain had opportunity to attend a one month bible training and from there saw a need to receive more training.

Alain shared this desire to receive further training with a friend who was serving as a pastor in Rwanda. A year later that pastor attended a conference with Pastor Peter Kasirivu, the founder of GBI. When he returned to Burundi he showed Alain a poster for GBI. Alain called the number on the poster and came to enroll two weeks later in January 2008.

When Alain came he spoke French, Ki-Swahili, Kirundi and just a few words of English. In 8 months he learned English and immediately enrolled in the Diploma of Biblical Studies Program. Alain will graduate with his Diploma in December 2009 and plans to stay for an additional year to receive a Certificate in Computers. He will then return to Burundi to help train the leaders in the churches who have not had opportunity to study the bible or learn any computer skills.

Alain's passion is to train the church leaders of Burundi so together they can transform a society that has been torn apart by poverty, war, hatred and a believe that God made one tribe superior to the other.

1 comment:

Lena said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing!!