Name: Rwanda (formerly Ruanda)

President: Paul KAGAME

Population: 10,746,311

Independence: 1962

National Language: Kinyarwanda, French, English

Other languages:


Literacy rate: 70.4%

76.3% males, 64.7% females

School Life Expectancy:

male: 8 years

female: 9 years (2005)

Religions: Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7%

Life Expectancy: 56.77 years

male: 55.4 years

female: 58.14 years

Avg. Daily Salary: $2.74

My photo albums

New Congregations

January 2010

Christmas visit


For Tuomo



The Lutheran church in Rwanda was founded in 1995 as a result of millions of refugees returning from Tanzania after years of civil war and genocide. Many returnees were Lutheran Christians and pastors who had been in exile for over 40 years and wanted to continue to their traditional worship. The lutheran church in Rwanda now has over 20,000 members with 15 pastors and 40 evangelists serving over 50 parishes and continues to grow.

However there is no seminary in Rwanda for training pastors. They could go to the seminaries in neighboring English speaking countries, but the most widespread language in Rwanda is French. The closest Lutheran Seminary is 2918km away by road in Northern Togo. This poses a difficulty for Rwandan people wishing to train as pastor, as the distance makes it impractical and expensive for them to attend seminary in Togo - and as they speak neither English or Kiswahili which are the dominant languages of East Africa, it is impossible for them to receive training in neighboring countries.

Rev. Dean Sarambuye Celestine from the Lutheran Church of Rwanda is very keen to send 4 Rwandan students to Kenya to study under my guidance in French to become evangelists.

The Lutheran Church of Rwanda

Rev. Dean Sarambuye Celestine from the Lutheran Church in Rwanda

The Lutheran Church in Kigali