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Burundi is a small country to the southwest of Lake Victoria. It is bordered by Rwanda on the north, Democratic Republic of Congo and Lake Tanganyika on the west, and Tanzania on the south and east. It has recently emerged from a lengthy civil war. The total devastation by fire of Bujumbura's (the capital's) central market in early 2013 has significantly affected the national economy. Despite these setbacks, Burundi remains a beautiful country in which there is real spiritual hunger.


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ECLEA in Burundi

ECLEA personnel first went to Burundi in January 2009. Early-on, Jonathan Menn began working with Rema Ministries. Rema is an indigenous ministry in Burundi that, like ECLEA, focuses on training church leaders. Consequently, Rema and ECLEA have entered into a memorandum of understanding whereby Rema will use its personnel and contacts to teach ECLEA's courses in Burundi and to identify good candidates among those who participate at ECLEA training sessions to become part of the ECLEA teaching team. Our plan is that Jonathan will train the Rema staff members and ECLEA-Burundi treachers in ECLEA's courses as well as participate in other church leader training sessions. In this way, ECLEA will have maximum impact since we already have an experienced group of teachers.

Here are updates from ECLEA's Burundi team concerning ECLEA's work in Burundi (older news accounts of ECLEA's work in Burundi and the rest of East Africa are located in the News Archive):

Francois Nitunga, ECLEA-Burundi teacher

Report of a church Leaders training held on at Rutana and Muzye from 28th of August to 1st September 2023.


Rutana training center trainees

Muzye Training center trainees

We thank God that through His grace we have been able to train church leaders from the province of Rutana on the book of JAMES from the date 28th of August to 1st September 2023. At Rutana 25 people and Muzye 33 participated in this training. During the training, to explain who is this James the writer of this book, its content, and looked at the parallels with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The trainees realized that the writer is really the brother of Jesus Christ because they use the same language. To mean that they know each other very well. They also found that this book is teaching us about our daily living as born again Christians live a Christ centred lives. They learned and understood many things about the most important issues of life, such as: testing, trials, and temptations; prayer; the sin of partiality; the nature of true, living faith; control of the tongue; wisdom from above versus wisdom not from above; indwelling sin and its outward manifestations; the sin of autonomy and its outward manifestations; and true faithfulness. They discovered how the first two chapters summarize the whole book.

1. Activity schedule

As usual in our program, before starting a new lesson, we give our students a precious moment to share with others what they have been able to put into practice we had learned so far. In this way, they exchange experiences.

Some testimonies from the previous lessons: especially on Marriage and Parenting
1. This lesson on marriage and parenting has helped me a lot. before learning this lesson, I didn't give much importance to my husband. I neglected him, I didn't take care of him, but after learning this lesson, my behavior towards my husband has totally changed to the point that he noticed it himself. I shared the contents of this manual with him and we finally decided to reread it every time before going to bed.

2. I was so interested in the way sexual relations are prepared, the five love languages, the dialogue between husbands and wives, etc. After the training, I tried to put some of the above-mentioned points into practice, including the one on sexual relations, etc. My dear friends, you can imagine what happened next! This night was unprecedented. We did miracles in bed. Let's cheer louder for Rema Burundi who by the grace of God this training has come to us. We've decided to pass on the good news in our church and community.

After hearing the different testimonies and activities highlighted in the previous book, we started the new book James.

Trainees are discussing about the deep messages found in the book of James and how we can put them into practice within our own context.

3. Testimonies
All church leaders decided to go into their local churches and train their congregants from this book of James. They said that it is a practical book that every Christian should know about its contents and try to live accordingly.
They said that if we could apply what we read in it, our lives should be transformed, then transform our communities and as a result we will have a healthy church, healthy country whereby the kingdom of god is seen and lived. Therefore, reaching out to the unbelieve will be easy.

One senior leader said that all preachers should always preach and teach from this book until people become transformed. He ended by saying: “I ask God from now on to help me to live according what I have gained from this book. Before I was looking at it as small book not even take time to read it and to understand it. But from the time I stared to learning it during this week, and read the commentaries on each chapter, I will make it to be my favorite book, Amen”!

Alexis NITEREKA Pastor of Pentecostal Church thanks Rema Burundi very much for this training as this book of James is concerned. “I have learned many things and especially about my daily living as a pastor how I should live the way this book is telling me. I personally learned and took time to learned many things many things about the most important issues of life and I have decided to change. Please don’t ask me many things. But I know what I told God this morning during prayers. I am going to do something new in the church I am leading”.

Let me also join our trainees to say that this is an important book which is commendable to study


Francois Nitunga, ECLEA-Burundi teacher

Report of Activities carried out at Rutana province, Muzye center from 7th to 12th May,2023, and Cankuzo province, Mishiha center from 4th to 9th of June, 2023

A. Introduction
We praise God that he enabled us to conduct the Marriage and Parenting course in four centers: Cankuzo, Mishiha, Rutana and Muzye. The training was successful as different testimonies can demonstrate it. Trainees from all our centers unanimously said that with the help of this book, they are going to be the solution of many couples which are being destroyed by lack of knowledge. “When the families are strong, the church will be strong too”, they said.
Their open hearts, they decided after the training to go back into their local churches and organize many couple’s trainings because they have find out that the only solution that can strengthen the church is when the families are well established. Praise the Lord!

Muzye trainees pose for a photo during the closing day of the session. They are happy to be together as a family.

B. The progress of the activities
As it is usual in our program, before starting a new lesson we give enough time to our trainees to share testimonies of what they have learn in the previous course as they put into practice the knowledge acquired in the book of Biblical Eschatology. Note that this is part of evaluation process. It is the time to encourage one another. We have realized that people who didn’t do anything are ashamed as they listen to others did.

This is a family photo of Mishiha trainees who participated in the training. They are very glad to study this course and get manuals which will help them to train others.

“The book of Eschatology has challenged me so much. Said one of the trainees. Before attending this training, I was unable to understand the book of Revelation. I couldn’t even prepare a sermon from this book. I was able to pick some passages from chapters 2 and 3; and then pick some other verses from chapters 21 and 22. Many church members have asked me so many questions regarding this book as eschatology is concerned. To say the truth, I couldn’t answer them. Nevertheless, since I learned this book, things have changed. I am better now.
     I thank God first who through Rema Burundi and the leadership of my local church was chosen to be part of this significant training. I believe also that this training we are in is transforming many lives of my fellow trainees. We won’t be the same. Praise the Lord! In so many Theological Schools and trainings I have passed through, this course has raised so many questions that none even the facilitators could find solutions. This was a big problem for me and for the body of Christ. But now after gone through this book I have understood many eschatological issues as this particular book clarifies them. I am now satisfied. All my thanks to God, the leaders of my local church and to Rema Burundi. Please send my gratitude to the person who took his time to think to research and put together this course God bless him”.

C. Marriage and Parenting course
After hearing different testimonies from what trainees have practice through the book of Biblical Eschatology, we took enough time to teach and explain them the book of Marriage and Parenting. We explained to the trainees that marriage is Christ centered biblical exposition and application of God’s revelation concerning marriage and parenting. It looks at men and women as the image of God and the physiological, neurological and other similarities and differencies between men and women. According to the content of this manual, I explained them the origin and purpose of marriage and the role and responsibility of couples with particular attention to relationship, communication, sex, parenting, family planning, and what God, Jesus himself, the apostle Paul taught about divorce.

The trainees follow attentively the Marriage and Parenting course

D. Outcomes
The course was successful and the trainees followed it attentively as it was taught at the right time. One of the reasons is that, nowadays you find that most of the conflicts that are in the courts of justice, are linked to conflicts between couples looking for divorces. It is the same to our churches. The most of the problems that pastors face come from the couples and families. The District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church said that this course can be called named: “Save the Family Course”, because we have noticed that Satan is aiming the couples / families to destroy the church. So, we need to be aware of his strategies and craftiness in order for us to plan how we to fight for him by using this manual, because this is the really answer of these issues. In many parishes, the only issue I met when I talk to some of the pastors and church Leaders as well, is that many couples, pastors couples included, are suffering. Many church leaders don’t have time to dialogue with their wives yet, dialogue is one of the solutions proposed by this book which can help the couples to resolve the conflicts which oppose them. That’s why I can confirm that this course is to named “Save the Family Course”.
This leader ended his remarks by calling on pastors, church leaders, and other men and women who hears him, to reserving a precious moment of dialogue with his/her spouse.

One of the senior pastor at the United Methodist, at Mishiha took enough time whereby he shared testimonies regarding how this Teachings has changed his life and the life of others.

He testifies: “Before learning this course, I was not aware that my wife need enough time to talk with him. I was busy with church’s activities from Monday to Sunday. I reached home every day in the night. But now after going through this manual, things have really changed. God first, the family and then the church. After applying these teachings in my family, my wife could notice a drastic change in love, communication, economy, and sex has become good because before it was not joyful as I was forcing it. From my family I have organized couple’s trainings to share the experiences. Praise the Lord”!

A leader of Elimu Pentecost Church said: “In addition to the testimony of my fellow pastor shared, I would like to say that these useful lessons regarding couples, I also understood that our children must be educated, to mean that family planning is very important if I want to have a healthy family. Quite a few parents have given up on the education of their children because they are many and they can afford their education expenses. From that teaching, I have decided to change the way I was thinking, and doing regarding children education, then adopting and practicing the teaching found in this manual which obliged us to take care of our children, educating them, and giving them whatever they need for their physical and spiritual growth.

At Muzye center, one of the trainees was sharing testimonies. He said that this program will heal so many couples. “Many couples are finishing, dying, loosing hope, they don’t know even the importance of being married. But this course has really come at the right time. We are going to do our best to heal many couples starting by ours”.

We praise God that our trainees were very glad to follow the teachings on the book of Marriage and Parenting and have asked so many questions because this have challenged so many church leaders. It talks in details how spouses could live an enjoyable life which pleased God.Because Marriage is a plan of GOD.So,they need to be faithfull in marriage. Therefore a good marriage pleased to God. We need to please God through our marriage. It was very interesting.

1. Praise the Lord! I would like to thank God for this powerful training regarding Marriage and Parenting. We are facing family difficulties including poor management of family assets, lack of communication between married couples,sex, child education,… so, this manual has come at the right time. It demonstrates the way couples should live according to God’s will,and how they can manage to enjoy sex,assets management,…
2. Families and couples are divorcing.The courts odf justice are filled with disputes relating to couples. The problem is that they managed to marry without any preliminary teachings on marriage.So this manual will help us to overcome this challenge. Praise the Lord!.
3. Parents have abandoned their children’s education. They don’t care of what their children face. Children are often carried away by social networks, sexual vagrancy, drugs,… As their parents live in rural places, others in the interior of the country, they do not care about social networks. Some of them don’t even use the android phones. So, this book have opened us our mind. We have discovered that we have lost our responsabilities. We have to change the we have acting in marriage and then live the life which pleases God.

E. Thanksgiving
We are thankful to God who enables us to hold this powerful training during the whole week of training and also guided us when we returned to our homes. Praise be to his name.
The book on Marriage and Parenting is more powerful because it contains the whole life of couples. It helps much in reinforcement of couple’s life. It talks about The origin and nature of Marriage, God’s will for wives and husbands, the five love languages, being a blessing to your family, sexual responsibilities in Marriage, Biblical parenting, Family planning, and what the Scripture teaches about Divorce. All these topics fit together to help and encourage and help couples to enjoy their life and live a blessed life which pleases God.

A family photo of Cankuzo students


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