Samaritan Strategy Africa facilitator Francois Nitunga was at the office and shared 3 stories of impact he has witnessed in Burundi since he started VISION Conference trainings. The first VISION Conference was undertaken in Burundi in 2008 and the following are the results from two of those initial trainees.
Reverend Theophilus from MINEVAM Church started growing Napier grass after the FIRST vision Conference he attended in Makamba. It is from the selling of the Napier grass that he managed to buy cows and started livestock keeping where now he sells milk. He has served as an example of using locally available resources to the community meet needs not just of himself but the community at large
He started teaching his church members on how to start seed project from the locally available resources today his church members and ministers have become business people following in his own example.
The Rev. Theophilus has not only become a model but grown and has started Pharmacies and today has 4 chemists serving in various parts of Makamba.
He is the Overseer of the MINEVAM church in the province that covers 4 areas and testies that the church has grown in giving to the extent that he and all his church workers now get a salary.
The second observed impact from the VISION Conference trainings as attested by the trainer himself is Pastor. Jerome from EUSEBU Church. He too attended VISION Conferences and proceeded to put to use what he learnt. He went to share the same with his wife and were they inspired to start the business of selling second hand clothes. Today he has a big business where he imports and sells clothes to Burundians.
Many other participants and churches have engaged in tree planting, fruit trees, vegetables, making of pit latrines for hygiene and are experiencing transformation by and large. Some have become champion of social transformation where they are fighting drunkenness and use of local brews in their society. There are those that have formed peace groups across political parties and community girders to ensure that there is peace and stability in their communities
Financials challenges hampered the progress of the work but Francois trusts God for opportunities to take the gospel of transformation to the church and communities in Burundi