RWANDA STEP PARTNERSHIP (SERVING, TRAINING, ENERGIZING PARTNERSHIPS)
It is an honour for our church to enter into our fifth successive three-year STEP Agreement, dated June 2018, with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) and the Association des Englises Baptistes au Rwanda (AEBR)
L to R: Dennis Shierman, CBM Western Canada Representative; Pastor Axel Schoeber, WVBC lead pastor; Deborah Barretto, WVBC Missions Chair; and Rev. Adrian Gardner, CBM Team Leader Church Engagement.
We support the STEP partnership model because: it is long term, it is a mutual partnership, it focuses on the strengths of each of the 3 parties (WVBC, CBM and AEBR churches) involved and we are all held accountable including responsible financial stewardship.
We assist CBM in Rwanda by additionally supporting from our Missions budget Children of Hope, CBM Partners in Missions Global Field Staff, Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin, CBM National Field Staff, Andre Sibomana and The Sharing Way – CBM’s emergency food relief and development department which works in Angola, Bolivia, El Salvador, India, South Sudan, Kenya, as well as in Rwanda.
We support these programs because Scripture repeatedly tells us to remember the poor. Canada is blessed with great natural resources and material privileges whereby we can give a helping hand to some of the most materially disadvantaged communities in the world.