When the Coronavirus pandemic hit Wuhan province in late 2019, Ismael Bimenyimana was undertaking a course in general medicine and surgery in China.
His university was among the institutions that were closed as the Asian country put up measures to contain the spread of the virus.
Fear and uncertainty were common feelings at that time, but Bimenyimana found time to fellowship with God.
As he prayed, a new song came to his mind: “Only Jesus is the solution.”
He started singing, and later penned its lyrics, in Kinyarwanda.
Titled “Ni we Gusa” (Only You), the song talks about Jesus as the only answer to all situations.
This week, Bimenyimana managed to release the song.
Speaking to Gospel Time Rwanda, he reflected on the difficulty that characterized the early days when the virus took toll on Wuhan City,
“I went through a tough time. It was difficult to get food and other primary needs. Such a situation caused my colleagues trouble and worry as we were stuck at school. That was when I thought of the song Niwe Gusa,” he said.
“As a Christian and singer, I realized I had to tell the world that only Jesus could end the pandemic,” he added.
“I want to call on people to rely on Christ, who is the only problem solver and way maker. He makes a way where there seems to be no way for those who believe in Him. He can turn a difficult situation around.”
He quotes Mark 11:22-24: “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”
The song is the artiste’s second track in his music career.