Voices of the Great Lakes Initiative
The Great Lakes Initiative is a community of restless Christian leaders seeking to embody God's vision of reconciliation and to inspire, form, and support other leaders in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa through community, formation, and learning shaped by biblically inspired content and methodologies.
Leadership institutes and other programs form and strengthen catalytic Christian leadership while offering opportunities for mentoring young leaders through supportive relational networks and biblically grounded, contextually relevant and practically applicable learning resources.
Hear directly from attendees why the Great Lakes Initiative matters to them in the videos and articles below.
Videos from the 2012 Leadership Institute
|Faith Mlay||Bishop Bismark Avokaya|
|Jacinta Atemba Makokha||Daphrose Kyakimwa Muteho|
Profiles in Hope
Josephine Munyeli, World Vision International, Rwanda
Josephine Munyeli facilitates healing and reconciliation seminars and projects for people who have experienced severe trauma. She serves with World Vision International, a core partner in the Great Lakes Initiative. Drawing on her personal experiences of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Josephine lives out the very reconciliation and forgiveness she teaches.
She has participated in the Great Lakes Initiatives gatherings, and as a person working in an intense context of pain, she counts on the community at those gatherings to sustain her work and her hope.
“Events like this are a sign of hope for this region,” she explains. “I believe that participants are being challenged about the huge work of reconciliation ahead of us, but at the same time we are more equipped and more confident because we know that we are many on this journey. This connection to one another is a great encouragement.”
Pie Ntukamazina: Reconciliation Is a Discipline
If the church does not take part in poverty reduction and ignorance reduction, then people will continue to suffer, a Burundian Anglican bishop and co-founder of Light University says in an interview on Faith & Leadership.