Who we are
Pastor Mark Kagisye in picture is married to Betty Kagisye since 1999 and has two daughters, Tchierza, 11 years and a half and Illana 10 years. Pastor Mark gave his life to the Lord in the early 90 and had his first steps in the Ministry in 92 with evangelization of the youth.
While the country was facing an unprecedented crisis, our outreach Ministry touched many lives of young people who were involved in killings, drugs, prostitution….
This earned us recognition in 2002-2005 as we joined and helped within the Burundi Peace Process.
Thus, during the political transition in our country, we worked with several projects funded by USAID aiming at helping young people from different demobilized militias and movements of combatants to smoothly integrate the society.In 2005 Marc and Betty Kagisye entered the full time ministry and established Life Center Church, which today, gathers 2000 members.
The area where we established the church in 2005 is located in a suburb called Nyakabiga within the capital city of Bujumbura and was a place almost abandoned. It was serving the whole neighborhood as a garbage dump which the scenery was a mountain of rubbish.
When we started the church, the large plot was one of the areas which were most affected by the unfortunate events that had struck Burundi during the war. A place which witnessed massacres, abortions…, in short, the ideal place for drug addicts, prostitutes, rapists and criminals of all kinds. At the beginning, we obviously encountered many problems as many people reacted negatively and violently against the new church in their neighborhood.
Glory be to God! As we celebrated our sixth anniversary on October 29 this year, things have amazingly evolved. Six great years that have allowed us to completely change the environment in which the church is located, by impacting many lives through the power of the Gospel. Presently, even the local authorities recognize and have decided to support our efforts in community development activities.
Driven by John 10: 10, the favorite passage for our church, we focus our teaching on the changes that must take place in us and around us allowing our people to get rid of a long history of war and social crisis. We were convinced from the beginning that we could be used to change lives since that is what the Lord has called us for. Thus today, every life that has been transformed and impacted encourages us to move forward and this has served as a living testimony to many.
Our church is made up of over 90% of young people of which 75% are orphans; we also have a considerable number of widows and unmarried mothers. This situation, made worse by extreme poverty of slums, promotes unemployment, crime and debauchery, where the youth would easily end up in gangs or in prostitution. That is why our main activities consist of mentoring and supervising the various groups and categories of people in both spiritual and practical aspects.
The youth: through trainings that can enable them to find jobs and also assisting them to connect through the business networks in their quest for employment. We encourage some of them to start their own businesses by creating platforms where those who have the experience and the young people can meet for discussions and experience sharing.
Widows, young unmarried mothers, most vulnerable families and the Church community: Our church supports many young people from very poor families and orphans who can’t afford high school and university education.
Some widows of the church and the young unmarried mothers are also supported for their basic needs through a special fund allocated to that. We are also involved in several social works with orphans, in a commune in Bujumbura in particular, called Buterere where most of children under 12 grow up feeding on garbage waste from the capital. Many children from this environment have been integrated into families of church members who are part of the HOPE Department.
Pastor Mark Kagisye is married to Betty Kagisye since 1999 and has two daughters, Tchierza, 11 years and a half and Illana 10 years. Pastor Mark gave his life to the Lord in the early 90 and had his first steps in the Ministry in 92 with evangelization of the youth.
While the country was facing an unprecedented crisis, our outreach Ministry touched many lives of young people who were involved in killings, drugs, prostitution…. This earned us recognition in 2002-2005 as we joined and helped within the Burundi Peace Process..
In 2005 Marc and Betty Kagisye entered the full time ministry and established Life Center Church, which today, gathers 2000 members.
Our friends from Texas are in Burundi visiting their friends in Matara & Bubanza.
There will be reunion, work days and much dancing!
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