Hundreds of people, on Sunday, September 5, attended the inauguration of City Light Foursquare Gospel Church’s expanded facility in Kimironko sector, Gasabo District.
The two-storeyed building will host church services, gospel shows and seminars.
It has been launched at a time when the government has requested all church leaders to host services in places that meet basic requirements in terms of safety, hygiene, and infrastructure.
The newly inaugurated state-of-the-art church building has a seating capacity of 2000 people, and it is equipped with a sound system, LED screens, and so on.
The works to expand the church building started at the end of 2019 and took only 7 months.
Previously, when it was first built in 2005, the facility had a seating capacity of 600 people.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Bishop Dr. Fidele Masengo, the Senior Pastor of the church said their doctrine of Four Square Church is primarily about preparing believers for the second coming of Jesus Christ both spiritually and physically.
“There are four words in the Four squares. We believe Jesus as the redeemer who redeemed us; we were to die and Jesus gave us eternal life. We believe Jesus as the Savior. We believe Jesus as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit; believers should be baptized in the Holy Spirit for transformation, and we believe the Church is the bride of Christ who should be prepared for the coming of Jesus,” said Masengo.
He added that the church has been supporting the government through sensitizing its members to take part in the government’s different programmes especially in the battle to fight against Coronavirus pandemic.
The funds that gave a facelift to the new building were contributions from the church members and friends of the church in Rwanda and abroad.
The contribution also saw expansion of the Foursquare Academy classroom blocks.
A healthy Spirit in a healthy body
The Church has different ministries including; Youth, Women, Men, Children and family life among others departments like Social welfare, Worship and music, Intercession and Prayer.
Specifically, the social welfare department supports the church members, and also works with the Kimironko sector administration to pay health insurance for vulnerable households; pay school fees for students; and also share Christmas and New Year with poor families in the church.
Clemence Mukamuganza, a Foursquare Church member said: “My children would fall sick and I could fail to take them to the hospital because we didn’t have health insurance. Sometimes, they would not get end of year results at school because we hadn’t paid school fees.”
“Today, Foursquare pays school fees for my six children, and pays health insurance for ten members of our family. When I am sick, Foursquare visits me and they bring me assistance; this strengthens my prayer because I have a family in Foursquare that supports me.”
City Light Foursquare Gospel Church has provided job opportunities for competent church members particularly in its administrative offices, and security, thus improving their incomes and family’s welfare in general.
Gaspard Sebasambizi, an employee working as security personnel at the church said:
“The salary from the work at Foursquare assists me to sustain my family of nine people. I don’t have any other means of income besides the salary from Foursquare. I thank the church and the members of Foursquare, because our salaries and health insurance come from the contributions of the church members. I thank them,” he said.
City Light Foursquare Gospel Church of Rwanda, a branch of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, was established in October 2005.
Since its inception, the Kimironko-based church has spread to other parts of the country, with currently 36 branches countrywide, and one in Kenya. It has supported its local churches to purchase land and build permanent church buildings.
The church envisions building a purpose-driven church with a passion to assist believers grows spiritually through teaching the authentic word of God, and supporting the community.