A Tribute to Bishop Elie Buconyori

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 | 0 comments

A tribute to Bishop Elie Buconyori on the anniversary of his death. Wednesday of this week was the one-year memorial service for the founder/rector of Hope Africa University, Bishop Dr. Elie Alexander Buconyori, who died a year ago on East…er. A quadrangle of tents were set up around the grave site, on the grounds of the Ngagara Free Methodist Church adjacent to the campus. There were probably a thousand people present. His life is an easy one to celebrate because he was a truly great man–churchman, a man of prayer, educator, visionary, leader, linguist, internationalist, counselor to many, as well as husband, father, grandfather–and a longtime friend to many of us. The US bishops sent a letter of greeting as did Dr. Wayne McCown, President of Friends of Hope Africa University. Bishop Onesphore Nzigo gave the meditation. The First Lady of the country attended, a gracious lady, a pastor, student at the University (in Theology), and a friend of the school and of the Buconyori family. I was honored to be asked by the family to speak on behalf of the university and as a friend. My thoughts went to this honored memory as of a man who was a truly ‘kingdom’ person as defined by Jesus in his charter of the kingdom in Luke 4 and how Bishop Elie’s vision is bearing fruit in the continued life of this institution called Hope which, through its education and healing ministries mirrors the elements of the kingdom–hope for the poor, healing, sight for the blind, restoration of life to those who would be effectively dead, the salt and light represented by our graduates, pouring leadership into the church, the gospel pervasively present in every part of the institution. Marlene and I have been here in service nearly a year. I am in administration and know well a lot of the warts and imperfections. The truth is, however, that the more we am here, the more we see and know, the more excited we get over the kingdom impact of this remarkable tool for witness and good. I tell some of the visiting inspectors and officials from high circles in government, “We are not perfect; but we are very very good!” That is true educationally–multiplying teachers, theologians, doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians–and it is true in the kinds of graduates we turn out. I have received at least three reports of competitive exams for employment where our graduates almost embarrassingly dominated the top positions. Well, you can see we are still fanatical missionaries, in love with what we are privileged to be part of, loved and supported by a host of African friends and colleagues who believe in the school as we do. God bless. -Gerald...

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Rejoicing in God’s Blessing

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Chapels at Hope Africa University often contain unpredictable (and wonderful) parts. Yesterday was no exception. The speaker spoke from Matt. 26, the first Lord’s Supper, on Jesus’ words “This is my blood of the new covenant” and the importance of all of us being in that covenant through Jesus Christ. Then the chaplain Jean Pierre walked to the center and began to sing “There is Power in the Blood,” in French. The song comes through strikingly in French where, roughly translated it says, “I am strong, strong, more than conqueror, by the blood of Jesus my Saviour,” He began softly, repeating that verse, then began to increase his volume and intensity, with his fists in the air, “I am strong, strong, more than conqueror!!, by the blood of Jesus my Savior.” As others joined him the chapel service of hundreds of students were on their feet, fists in the air, singing “I am strong, strong, more than conqueror by the blood of Jesus my Savior!” I am sure they, as well as I, went about the rest of the day refreshed and affirmed, even inspired. But that was not all the Lord wanted to do in that day. At the university we were entertaining an inspection team from the Inter-University Council of East Africa. As we were in discussion the Academic Secretary came in and, with no comment, presented me with a document folder. I opened it and, inside, was a copy of the ordinance from the Ministry of Higher Education, just received, approving five of our key programs–the MD degree and five Masters programs–Theology, Education, Master of Science in Nursing and the MBA. This document is the fruit of months of work and prayers. As I shared it with the inspection team and our staff who were present they broke out into applause and said we must arrange a celebration (which we will do). This achievement has far-reaching implications for our graduates, our students, for the public image and the future of the university. Further, it represents the signal blessing of God on this institution. We give him all praise! Rejoice with us! Yesterday, April 15, was a great day! And a historic one! God bless! -Gerald...

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The Water’s Running at Kibuye Hope Hospital!

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Saturday, March 29th was a great day at Kibuye Hope Hospital. That was the day the final connections were completed and water began to flow from the well to the storage tank. A new day had come for the hospital and the entire community. Here’s how Dr. Jason Fader described it: “Regarding the well, Saturday was a wonderful day. RUBUCO, Gaspard, Japhet, and a host of others were here starting at 6 in the morning to do a blitz on the water project. We exchanged the 2.2 kW pump for a 5.5 kW pump. Then we replaced the galvanized pipe that goes from the well head to the pump house. We then went up the hill to uncover the end of the pipe that was laid last month. We ran the pump and discovered that the fuse was not big enough to run the pump very long before heating up. Nevertheless, we were able to attach the pipe to the existing tank and test the pump for a couple minutes. Sure enough, lots of water. RUBUCO came back yesterday and replaced the fuse and fixed one leaking pipe. Then we filled the tank last night and it took only 90 minutes, which means that we are pumping at about 3 liters per second! Now we can actually wash our hands at the hospital (and I don’t have to take bucket baths anymore!). This will raise the level of care offered at the hospital tremendously.” For the many years prior to this, water had been supplied to the storage tank by gravity feed from springs about 3 kilometers higher up the mountain. This provided, on avearage, only about 40,000 liters per day for 15 community taps, the hospital and the staff that live on the hospital campus. This was never enough and resulted in severe shortages, even outages, every day. The well is about 140 feet deep and is capable of producing 192,000 liters per day, enough to meet the needs of the hospital campus and the surrounding community for many years. Many people and organizations have contributed to this development. The well was drilled in June 2012 by RUBUCO as a result of a $22,000 gift by the Clear Blue Water Project from the Cornerstone Free Methodist Church in Akron, Ohio. In February 2013 Phil Green’s Engineering Ministries International assessment team unpacked the wellhead and team members Phil Berg and John Joiner conducted the initial evaluation of community needs and system capabilities. A second eMI team led by Green came a few months later to develop a master plan for long range development of the hospital. Team members Caleb Fader and Larry Moos completed the water assessment and designed the water distribution system for the hospital campus. Zion Covenant Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin donated $90,000 so construction could go forward to complete the distribution system. Gaspard Ndikumana was the water engineer and project leader for construction and installation of the system and Japhet Nsanze, hospital administrator, provided overall support. Dozens of local men worked diligently for many days to dig the ditches, construct the well head and power cabin,...

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Video Tour of HAU Medical Facilities

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

The Millers have posted a video highlighting the Van Norman Clinic and Kibuye Hope Hospital! This video walkthrough describes the medical needs of Burundi and how Kibuye and Van Norman are offering help to patients. It also describes both locations and introduces various doctors and administrators. Check it...

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Living Out God’s Pursuing Love in Burundi

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Rachel McLaughlin (part of the McCropders) has written a wonderful story for Intervarsity, detailing how she fell in love with Burundi and the importance she sees in her work at Kibuye Hope Hospital and Hope Africa University. “We were, and still are, part of a team of six doctors in six different specialties. We wanted to find a place that truly needed us and our medical education, a place where we could not only treat patients but train and disciple national doctors, a place where there was African leadership and vision. We found all this and more in Burundi… “ Read the full story...

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Kibuye Christmas Catalogue

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Still wondering what to give for Christmas? Perhaps it’s for that person who is difficult to choose a gift for. Or it could be that you would like to give a gift to some worthwhile activity that is helping others who are less fortunate. The Christmas Catalogue for Kibuye Hope Hospital may have the answer for you. Kibuye Hope Hospital is a general care hospital in central Africa that is now preparing for expansion to meet the outstanding opportunities before it. This 110 bed hospital not only cares for some 40,000 patients each year but serves as the teaching hospital for the Frank Ogden Medical School of Hope Africa University. Six young U.S.-trained doctors are preparing to start in January and a long range plan has been developed to triple the size and reach of the hospital over the next 10 to 15 years. These changes will help meet the healthcare needs of some 250,000 people in this region of Burundi, one of the poorest and most needy countries in the world. Preparing for this growth requires the addition of all kinds of supplies, equipment and facilities, some of which are listed in our Christmas Catalogue. Here you’ll find possible gift items ranging from hospital gowns at $4.00 each to a new classroom for medical students at $60,000. Take a look at our list. You will find something that will bring health and aid to needy people in Africa again and again. Make your selection. Tell someone you care for that their Christmas gift is doing good work at Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi. A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and...

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