PRESBYTERIAN Moderator the Rev Dr Rob Craig leaves on Monday for a two-week visit to the central African states of Rwanda and Burundi.
The visit is to see first hand projects supported by the Presbyterian church’s world development committee and its relief and development partners Christian Aid and Tearfund. Presbyterians annually donate £500,000 to the church’s world development appeal, which, in recent years, has supported projects in all five continents and countries including Uganda, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Cambodia and Honduras.
Presbyterian funding is channelled equally through Tearfund and Christian Aid and has helped with water and sanitation programmes, health and education programmes and agricultural development.
“Presbyterians are extremely generous when it comes to helping other people,” says Dr Craig. “Part of my visit to see how that help is being used on the ground and to report back to church members how their money is being used for the benefit of others.”
During his visit, Dr Craig will travel to various parts of both countries where he will see water, health and agricultural projects. He will meet with local church leaders and the Rwandan Prime Minister.
The Moderator will also preach at worship in Gikondo Presbyterian church in capital city Kigali.