About this partnership
The Partnership to Rwanda started in 2005 when the Halifax Metro Vineyard Church in Nova Scotia, Canada sent out a missionary family, Pat, Val, Joel and Brendan Finnerty, to Kigali Rwanda. Within a few months God connected them with a young Rwandan, Antoine Uwamungu.
With this young man, the Finnertys began the process of planting the first Vineyard in Rwanda. In 2008 a team from Hope Vineyard Church went on a scouting mission to see if God was calling them to work in Rwanda. Their connection with the Finnertys, Antoine and the fledgling church was nothing short of amazing. Hope Vineyard created the USA Rwanda Partnership that works closely with the other Partnership Leaders from Canada and South Africa. The initial Vineyard Church, Muyange Vineyard, has recently planted a new church in another part of Kigali and has plans in the works for a second church plant in the near future. The Finnertys have recently finished their assignment to help establish a Vineyard Church and are returning to Halifax. This begins a new phase in the Vineyard movement in Rwanda.
Population: 12.3 million
Number of Vineyard Churches: 2
Primary Religion: Roman Catholicism
Government: Republic; Presidential, multiparty system
Ave. Education: 10 years
Rwanda is a landlocked East African country whose green, mountainous landscape has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Rwanda is a rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture and some mineral and agro-processing. Tourism, minerals, coffee and tea are Rwanda's main sources of foreign exchange.
Robert and his wonderful wife of 30 years, Kim, have 4 adult children. They have been a part of the Vineyard movement since they started dating. Robert has been a lay leader, Assistant Pastor, Church Planter and is presently the Senior Pastor at Hope Vineyard Church in St. Louis, MO. Hope Vineyard got involved in the Partnership to Rwanda in 2008. Robert leads the USA portion of the Partnership and works closely with the Canadian and South African Partnership Leaders.
We seek to add passionate, visionary people who desire to see the Kingdom of God expand in this nation.
Consider joining our partnership by clicking the link atop this page. Together we can impact Rwanda for generations to come.