By Eugenie MUHORAKEYE,& correspondent
First detected in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected several nations, including Rwanda. It has led to measures such as lockdowns and curfews, which have had unfavorable effects on economic, social and religious activities globally.
The Gospel Time Rwanda brings you some of the gospel personalities sharing their experience during the pandemic.
Pastor Diana Mucyo
The lockdown has reintroduced me to the importance of gathering together as saints. I have realized how important it is to fellowship together. I also understood the meaning of what the Bible says that people will search for the word of God from East to West, North to South and they won’t get it. This is a practical example, as people in the word were not able to meet to worship.
The Bible says in Proverb 27:17 that iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. The lockdown made me realize how great the Christian fellowship is. The more you miss it, the less you get sharpeners (people who to sharpen you)”
Clementine Uwitonze (Tonzi)
The lockdown has reminded us that we should stay awake because we never know the day and time (when The Lord will come).
The pandemic reminded people about the word of God. The Bible tells us about second coming of Christ but no one knows the times. Covid-19 taught me that as Christians we have to live as if Jesus might come today or now, we have to live a life of righteousness without any delay. We all had action plans but none knew that there would come the pandemic to shake the world. Let’s be awake. Ask yourself if Jesus comes today, will you be His bride? We need to be righteous and allow God’s Will in us. Let’s remember His word that He went to prepare a wonderful place for us and He will come back to take us home in heaven.
When the pandemic was reported, I thought it would end shortly. I tried to keep myself busy watching movies; I learned new skills on YouTube about cooking among others until I got tired. I thought of exercising, thinking this might be a good time to lose weight but later I discovered that there was something better I could do.
I needed to have a personal prayer time without waiting for church service. I had time to read Bible unlike before. During the lockdown my spiritual life has grown.
Pastor Diana Kamugisha
During the lockdown, I got enough time to pray and fast as well as listening to more preaching. After my prayer time, I have seen things change in my life. I had a good time to pray and read the Bible with children and discuss spiritual topics. It was a good time to grow closer to each other and we learned a lot together as a family. I got time to learn new domestic things. God used this lockdown to rethink about our relationships. We learnt that our families are churches that God wants us to build stronger.
I would like to give my opinion as a worshiper:
With the covid-19 lockdown; I learned more that surely those who worship the Lord must worship Him in spirit and Truth, be it in good and challenging times.
I can testify that my confidence in the Lord grew even stronger in these times, because I am certain that our God is omnipotent and mighty to save.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.