By Joselyne Gasengayire
CityLight Foursquare Gospel church of Rwanda is making final preparations for a week-long conference which will run from August 28 to September 3 at the church’s premises located in Kimironko sector, Gasabo district.
The annual conference, which is always organised as a cessation of 40 days of prayer and fasting is titled, ‘Africa Ignite Connection Conference’ and will be held under the theme, ‘Strength For The Journey,’ with a reference in a book of Philippians 4:13.
As per the agenda, seminar sessions will take place in the morning hours from 9am to 1pm, while revival services will be held in the evening hours from 4pm to 8pm.
Women will participate in an exclusive seminar with the sub-theme, ‘Strength of Godly Women.’
Apart from that, there will also be a seminar on evangelism which will be held under the sub-theme,’ Strength For Effective Evangelism’ and an intercession seminar that will be held under the sub-theme, ‘Finding Strength In Difficult Times.’
Youth will undergo a very interesting and informative subject on marriage under the sub-theme, ‘Dreaming for Strong Marriage’ (preparing for marriage and choosing the right life partner).
Leadership and couples seminars will focus on personal development and building strong marriages.
According to the organisers, the 2023 Africa Ignite Connection conference is designed to strengthen people of different age groups and professions with the light to be spread to the continent as a whole and the world at large.
Addressing the press on Friday in Kigali, Dr. Fidele Masengo, the Senior Pastor of the church explained what the conference is all about, noting that in this case, the word ‘Ignite’ means ‘spreading the light to others,’ and is associated with the church’s name “CityLight”.
With reference to the book of Mathew 5:15, Masengo noted that the conference serves as an opportunity to shine the light to Africa and the world at large through connections with other churches and government agencies.
“It is a time to connect with different people,” he added.
Masengo emphasised on children and teen’s special teachings, saying that they will encourage the children and teens to grow like Jesus. The teachings will be delivered from Thursday to Saturday.
“When children are given a foundation in Christ, their parents given the light about parenting, and different professionals understand the gospel, there’s no doubt that Africa will be changed. That’s what makes this conference unique because we’re addressing different age groups and professions,” he added.
Also, the church will be engaged in an outreach programme to share the good news to many people starting from Kimironko market.
A new book on “Marriage” is expected to be launched during the conference.
Various seasonal speakers from the region and Rwanda are expected to deliver teachings on life changing subjects to children, women, evangelists, intercessors, youth, married couples and health care professionals.
Speakers at the conference include Apostle Constant Damba from Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishop Dr. Aloys Rutivi from Kenya, Bishop John Kamanzi from Uganda, Pastor Daniel Mgogo from Tanzania, Pastor Christine Gatabazi from Rwanda and many more.
In addition, popular gospel artistes and worship groups will grace the event like Rose Muhando from Tanzania, the duo of Ben and Chance from Rwanda, Joshua Ishimwe from Rwanda, and the duo of James and Daniella from Rwanda.
Others include Alarm Ministries, Healing worship team, El-Shaddai Choir, Gisubizo Ministries among others.