Posted: 4 July 2018
There is something very powerful about hearing the same worship song simultaneously sung in various languages. Before we had even arrived in Gisenyi for our leaders' retreat, the Burundi, Rwandan and UK delegations were blasting out Hillsong classics for God's glory on the three-hour bus journey (being helpfully encouraged that God only requires a joyous noise, not a tuneful one!)
The purpose of the weekend was to bring together the leadership teams (Executive Directors and trustees) of our CLEAR partners to encourage and equip them. We were joined (in person) by teams from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, DRC and Burundi, and Mozambique via Skype! Our God truly is a God of all nations. Mark opened the training with 'The role of a trustee'; Hannah picked up the baton with 'Transforming an idea into reality'; Therese carried on with 'Priorities and planning with finite resources'; and Mhairi finished the day with 'Member Engagement: mobilising our stakeholders'.
After Jen earnestly filled her notebook learning how to do her job, the team enjoyed an evening feasting and watching Germany come back to take Sweden down 2–1.
Sunday morning was incredibly moving as we prayed through the various challenges each team face in their respective countries. The weekend was bookended with yet more multi-lingual singing. Daniel and Vincent (UCLF) even made us all dance along!