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Raising Families Story of the Month: Rwanda


Nyiragasigwa wanted a life where each day wasn’t a struggle. She lived in a tiny house in the Rwandan countryside on a small piece of land with her husband and 3 children. Nyiragasigwa and her husband did whatever work they could get for food, but their labour brought in very little. Every night they would squeeze into a small bed with their children to once again fall asleep hungry.

“It brought us many dark nights,” Nyiragasigwa said. But a light was to cut through this darkness.

A local Church Action Group trained and supported by the Samaritan’s Purse team visited Nyiragasigwa and her family one Sunday evening.

“They came with some food stuffs. They shared God’s word and prayed, and they invited me to attend their church the next Sunday which I did.”

Nyiragasigwa became a regular church member. In the weeks following that first visit, the Church Action Group continued to support Nyiragasigwa and her family, teaching them valuable skills in nutrition, sanitation, finance and investments. Using this training, they then joined a savings group where they could borrow money to invest into income generating activities.

“This has helped us a great deal. We have access to food and to health services. We pay health insurance regularly and we now live in a newly completed house. We are grateful to God for the Raising Families Project.” – Nyiragasigwa


Dear friends of Samaritan’s Purse,

I am Alan Cutting, and it is my privilege to manage the Raising Families programme for Samaritan’s Purse.  I regularly visit our partners in each country that we do Raising Families in, and on each visit I am invited to go – sometimes long journeys into very rural or very mountainous parts of the land – and visit the churches and families typical of the ones we feature monthly on this part of the website.  Time and time again these churches and families cannot believe that someone has come all the way from Europe just to sit with them, listen to them, pray with them, greet them, rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  An expression that I must have heard one hundred times is, “We know now that we are not forgotten”.  I learned a long time ago that despite the simplicity of the attention I offer them, it means so much to these families.  And equally, month after month, when I read the kind, encouraging, faith-filled, Christ-centered comments that you write to the families we feature, I join with the gratitude of the families in knowing that we have so many supporters whose hearts reach out with such maturity and compassion.  It is my joy to forward these comments to our partners who, despite it sometimes involving translations and long journeys, do their best to get your greetings directly to the family with the minimum of delay.

Yours In Christ



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