The Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Dr Usta Kaitesi, officiated the opening ceremony of the 6th Free Methodist World Conference on Thursday which is taking place in Kigali from October 26-28.
The three-day meeting brings together hundreds of clergy and laity from 105 countries around the world and is held under the theme “Partnering in the Gospel to multiply the Harvest.”
In her remarks, Kaitesi noted that the country expects effective partnership with the Free Methodist Church in improving citizens’ welfare by fighting poverty and stunting, in addition to evangelism which focuses on spiritual life.
She urged the Free Methodist Churches in Rwanda to always strive for unity and resilience among Rwandans in their daily activities, and work under the values of governance in Rwanda in order to transform citizens’ welfare.
According to Bishop Samuel Kayinamura, Vice President from the General Conference of Rwanda, the church is very proud to host this global meeting in Rwanda for the first time, adding that participants have learned a lot about the country’s history.
Reflecting on the theme of the conference, Kayinamura noted that this is an opportunity to discuss close partnership in evangelism and unity among the Free Methodist Church bodies.
“Churches play a big role in teaching people love and unity. Unity is a legacy from our Lord Jesus. So, this will be an opportunity to see how we should work together to save many souls. The resolutions will focus on strong unity among ourselves,” he pointed out.
Bishop Prof.Joab Lohala, the President from the General Conference of India, noted that the Free Methodist Church is working to provide healing, salvation, and health to the people of the world.
The Free Methodist World Conference aims to co-ordinate the visions of the General Conferences by facilitating communications and harmonious relationships among the leaders of the General Conferences and also facilitate the resolution issues.
Among other purposes of the conference include providing an opportunity for Free Methodist bodies to fellowship together, coordinate and plan for worldwide ministries.
It also serves as a platform to encourage the expansion of the Kingdom of God and monitor the integrity of every Free Methodist institution.