Rest for the Nations Church and Mission

Serving Central Africa and the West Texas Area, USA. Situated in Abilene, Texas (TX), USA, and Kigali, Rwanda, Central Africa.

Our Story

In the fall of 1994 as a restless but relatively stable peace settled over Rwanda, thousands of survivors flooded back. Some for the first time, others to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Destitute and dispirited, they were a people who had lost everything including hope.

It was to these troubled, despairing victims that God called Manassee and Ibumba: Manassee to open a church in Kigali, and Ibumba to become an evangelist, traveling throughout the region. Both of them ministering to a lost and war-ravaged generation… women without husbands, children without parents, men without jobs; all without a future.

It has been and still is a daunting task. Life is very difficult. There is sickness and disease, hunger, homelessness and deprivation. Jobs are scares, poverty endemic, and inflation rampant. In 1997 Ibumba joined Manassee in Kigali.

Now God had joined the visions of these two compassionate men. Working together, their dream is to restore physical and spiritual well being to the unempowered women and needy children in Central Africa. Outreach programs in the United States will fund a community women’s center in Kigali. Here crafts and skills will be taught to make women self-sufficient. The program will also include health clinics, activities for children, and summer projects. Through God’s word we shall bring to all people that deep, abiding rest that comes only from Jesus and anchors us in peace in a world turbulent with conflict.

Dedicated

to the Spiritual and Physical healing of the broken-hearted, wounded survivors in a land haunted by the terrible visions of past atrocities.

Committed

to bringing the Love and Hope of Jesus to the impoverished and despairing women and children of Central Africa.

Providing

the spiritual support of the Gospel with the practical support of educational, material, and financial resources.

Empowering

these women and children so that they may become the teachers and leaders in a brighter, more hopeful, and peaceful tomorrow.

Our Mission

With the Blessings of a Sovereign God and your Gifts of Love RFTN hopes to:

• Build a Community Women’s Center
• Provide Sewing Machines
• Teach Women to Sew
• Make and Market School Uniforms
• Instruct Women in other Marketable Skills and Crafts
• Provide Funds to Educate the Children
• Provide Dental Clinics to Clean and Check Teeth
• Provide Health Exams, Help Defray Medicine Costs
• Hold Vacation Bible Camps Uniting All Children in God’s Love

Also, opportunities exist for Short-Term Mission Trips to Rest for the Nations Charity Church in Kigali, Rwanda.

To find out more specifically how you can help, go to our How to Help page.

God Call Us

“Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:28-29

God calls us to be advocates for the downtrodden and abused. He calls us to pray for them, to carry them in our hearts and tell of their plight to others.

God calls us to act on be half of the oppressed:

“Open your mouth for the voiceless;
for the rights of all who are
destitute,
Open our mouth, judge righteously.
Defend the rights of the poor
and needy”
Prov. 31:8-9

God calls us to labor in the field:

To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To welcome strangers
into our homes
To clothe the naked
To heal the sick
To visit those in prison.
Matt 25:35-39

If your pour yourself out for the
HUNGRY
And satisfy the desire of the
AFFLICTED
Then shall your light rise in the
darkness…
Is. 58:10