Thank you for praying with us this week for Dr. Emmanuel Mukeshimana in Uganda.
Located just north of Lake Victoria, Uganda is part of the African Great Lakes region, which also includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. After nearly seven decades of colonization, Uganda gained independence from Great Britain in 1962. Of the country’s nearly 46 million people, 84% are Christians (39% Catholic, 32% Anglican, 13% other Protestant) and 14% are Muslims. Following six years of guerrilla warfare, the current president rose to power in 1986 and has retained control ever since. No longer under threat by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda experiences relative peace today, though corruption, unemployment, and poverty levels remain high.
Originally from Rwanda, Emmanuel teaches fulltime at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University (UCU), where he earned his PhD in Theology. The first private university in Uganda to receive a government charter, UCU was founded in 1997 by the Anglican Church of Uganda from Bishop Tucker Theological College, which has trained Christian leaders since 1913. Today, UCU serves around 13 thousand students from across the African Great Lakes region.
In addition to teaching, Emmanuel leads Square Ministries Africa, a Christian nonprofit that disrupts generational poverty in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and South Sudan) through education and discipleship, job training, microfinance loans, medical services, and pandemic relief. With support from both ScholarLeaders and Langham, Emmanuel investigated poverty alleviation in his doctoral research, focusing on Christ’s mission to the poor in Luke’s Gospel. Emmanuel and his wife Nyiraburanga Emilienne have five children: Davis, Annabella, Daniel, Ariella, and Adriella.
Emmanuel shares the following message:
I am Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Mukeshimana, married to Nyiraburanga Emilienne. We have five children, two boys and three girls, between fourteen and three years of age.
Pray for my family to have God-fearing children and provision for schooling.
Pray for my work of teaching and training Church leaders from Diploma though PhD levels. Pray for scholarships for the students and for the seminary’s infrastructure.
Pray for the nonprofit organization I am spearheading, Square Ministries Africa, working in East Africa. In the last two years, we were able to train over one thousand people in a program called “Theology of Work.” Unfortunately, the sole donor has stopped funding the program after organizational restructuring. Pray that God will provide other donors for that program.
At Square Ministries Africa, we are starting a new program to feed needy patients in neighborhood hospitals. Pray that God will touch the local people and well-wishers, so that they will participate and give willingly to save many lives.
Pray that God will continue to provide for Square Ministries Africa to expand. You can get more details here.
May God bless you!