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Venantie Uwishyaka: When we forgive, it gives us a breakthrough (Psalm 84:5-8)
Uwishyaka means “person of zeal.”
Venantie Uwishyaka taught in primary and secondary schools before serving as a national coordinator for a Muslim outreach ministry in Kigali, Rwanda.
She attended the Nairobi International School of Theology in Kenya for two years, majoring in Christian education. She also studied religion and psychology at Hardin-Simmons University and earned a master’s degree in family ministry from Logsdon Seminary. David Draper, pastor of First Baptist Church in Roscoe, was a classmate of Uwishyaka.
Logsdon Seminary and First Baptist Church in Abilene collaborated to ordain Uwishyaka in January 2017. She then returned to Rwanda as a missionary to her own people, using the skills she gained in Abilene to start Family Life Ministries in Rwanda.
Uwishyaka has two daughters, Denise Mugisha and Hoziane Amen, who both graduated from Hardin-Simmons and currently are working in Rwanda.
During the morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Roscoe, Texas, on October 14, 2018, Uwishyaka shared her harrowing and miraculous experience in the Rwandan genocide. The power of Christ brought her through the worst of it. Later, the Spirit of God called her to become a missionary, which caused her to learn something new.