- Hope Africa University and its mission to give liberal-arts training to Africans
- the fruitfulness of training programs in agriculture, animal husbandry and small business
- the development of Christian education materials
- discipleship of children and youth
- participation in community Bible studies and the spiritual growth of believers
The church ministers to the whole person through medical ministry, public health education, and maternity and nutritional centers. Hope Hospital of Kibuye is highly respected throughout the country. The Mweya Theological Institute and Theological Education by Extension (TEE) provide leadership training for pastors. Hope Africa University (HAU), an FM liberal arts institution, prepares Christian scholars and professionals to effectively apply economic and political principles in African society. Pastors are being trained through HAU at bachelor and certificate levels.
In 1935, missionary J.W. Haley opened the work in Equatorial Africa at Muyebe, Burundi. Other missionaries soon joined the Haleys. Hundreds came to the Lord, so that within 20 years Burundi became Free Methodism’s largest conference. Tragedy hit the church in 1972 during inter-tribal conflict within the country when many of the church leaders were killed during a retaliatory move against intellectuals and scholars. Another uprising in 1993 caused loss of many members. The church began almost immediately to rebuild and has continued to grow steadily in spite of continuing political unrest. It was given full general conference status in 1999.
Bishop Déogratias Nshimiyimana
Burundi General Conference
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- Population: 11,816,000
- Evangelical Christians: 29.84%
- FM Work Opened: 1935
- FM Churches: 865
- FMC Membership: 195,821
- Ordained Ministers: 479
- Ministerial Candidates: 29
- Bishop: Déogratias Nshimiyimana
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: Free Methodist World Conference
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Burundi Kibuye Hope Hospital
Kibuye Hope Hospital has a long history of providing healthcare in Burundi. FMWM had a great deal of involvement in launching and sustaining the hospital in its early years. Now, under full Burundian leadership, Kibuye periodically receives the volunteer services of visiting health professionals and some regular missionary service. This account processes support specifically for Kibuye Hope Hospital . This fund is for the purchase of medicines and equipment, as well as helping poor patients pay for health care.
Kibuye Hope Hospital was founded in 1946 by Dr. Esther Kuhn. It is now an 82 bed general hospital in a population area of 250,000 people. There are 10 health centers that refer to Kibuye and have radio contact with the hospital for service by the ambulance. It is a rural hospital but served by a paved road 100 miles from the capitol of Bujumbura. Hope Africa University (HAU) in Bujumbura has established a Health Sciences division for training nurses and doctors called The Frank Ogden Medical School. It is named after long time missionary surgeon Dr Frank Ogden, now retired. Kibuye Hospital is one of three teaching hospitals for the HAU medical school.
In addition to general medical services Kibuye Hope Hospital has a program of outreach into the community to help the handicapped (particularly the blind); a child survival program run by World Relief; and a small factory that produces a high protein cereal to prevent and treat malnutrition.