We are pleased to announce that the Anglican House of Bishops in Rwanda have unanimously elected Rev. Dr Laurent Mbanda to succeed Bishop John as theBishop of the Shyira Diocese in Musanze Rwanda. Mbanda (he’s called by his last name) will be consecrated as an Anglican bishop on March 28, 2010, and will assume responsibility for the diocese on November 14, 2010 – Bishop John’s 65th birthday.
We are humbled and inspired by Mbanda’s and his wife, Chantal’s, powerful act of faith and trust. He is leaving a secure executive position as the Africa Regional Vice President of Compassion International, an established global Christian ministry, (with two sons in college) to assume the challenging responsibilities of the Bishop of Shyira Diocese. We could not be more enthusiastic about his election. Mbanda is already serving on Muhabura University’s Board of Trustees. Having worked primarily with children and education issues at Compassion, he will bring a wealth of experience and contacts to both Muhabura and the Sonrise School.
Mbanda was born in Rwanda, but grew up as a refugee in East Africa. He moved to the US where he earned his graduate degrees and became an ordained minister. He worked for Compassion and lived in Colorado Springs, CO for many years. Mbanda and Chantal moved to Kigali several years ago to lead Compassion’s Africa programs and to help rebuild Rwanda. Their 2009 family Christmas card is attached.
Bishop John has taught us that the Lord’s work must always be done with excellence. Once again, he has established the highest standard of excellence for the process he has led to transfer his authority and responsibility for the Shyira Diocese to Rev. Dr Laurent Mbanda. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Bishop John as the pursues the Lord’s plan for him and Harriet after surrendering Shyira and to our new partnership with Bishop Mbanda and Chantal.
Always in His hands…Dale