Baptist International Missions, Inc.

Rwanda—The Land of a Thousand Hills and Ten Million Souls

Nestled in the geographical "heart" of the continent of Africa lies the lush, fertile country of Rwanda. This small but hilly nation has a diverse landscape. Within a few hours, one can reach volcanoes, rainforests, savannah, and lakes. However, it is the hills that many people notice, as no two steps seem to be on the same plane—one is either climbing or descending. It is no wonder that the country is known as "The Land of a Thousand Hills."

Yet this land is known for something else—its teeming population. Census records put Rwanda as the most densely populated country in Africa with current population statistics at nearly 900 people per square mile. For the mission-minded believer, this poses a great opportunity because it is a land of over ten million souls!

Despite the genocide that took place nearly twenty years ago, today, Rwanda is one of the safest nations in Africa and can boast of one of the lowest crime rates on the continent. The population is extremely friendly as the multi-lingual nationals try to engage visitors in either French, English, Swahili, or their national language of Kinrwanda. Because English is becoming the new language of choice, English teachers are constantly in demand and many schools and universities are changing their courses from French to English.

For the past quarter century, the work of missions in this country has primarily consisted of humanitarian aid and education, leaving a great void for Gospel-preaching churches. The cults have taken advantage of this, and nearly every village shows telltale signs of the false cults' success. Shockingly, few Gospel-preaching church planters are laboring in this needy field that is ripe for a spiritual harvest. Will you prayerfully consider laboring in this open door in Africa? It is the land of a thousand hills—but more importantly, ten million souls!

Africa Director

Eric & Lori Bohman

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He can be contacted through the BIMI office: (423) 344-5050.

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Euro-Islam (Europe)
• Islam: the fastest growing religion in Europe
• Many European cities with Muslim concentrations of 15–25%
• Very few Muslims having heard the Gospel

Rwanda (Africa)
• Most densely populated country in Africa
• To our knowledge, only one Baptist church planter working here
• Language preference recently changed from French to English

Tohoku, Japan (Far East)
• Northern part of Honshu (tsunami hit area)
• Includes 6 different prefectures
• Population 9,335,636 (only 11 independent Baptist churches)

Oceania Islanders (Southeast Asia)
• 71 language groups in the Solomon Islands
• Land mass of Papua New Guinea larger than California
• 108 language groups in Vanuatu

Greenland (Far North)
• Population of approximately 56,500
• 88% Inuit and 12% European
• State religion: Lutheranism

US Military Personnel (Military Missions)
• US military presence in 150 countries
• Our goal: to see a church planted near every military base
• Often results in international ministry

Northwestern United States (USA)
• Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
• Home to over 13 million citizens
• The state of Washington: highest percentage of people in US claiming to have no religion

The Mayan Nation (Central America)
• Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize
• Between 20 & 30 million Mayan descendants
• 69 different spoken dialects

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• Over 2 million people in this area
• Immediate need for 8 churches
• Very little work done in this area by independent Baptists

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• Population 235,000 (70% Creole and approximately 14% European ancestry)
• 83% Catholic with no known independent Baptist missionaries
• Predominantly French speaking with a Creole/Caribbean culture

The Forgotten People of the Amazon (Brazil)
• Largest concentrations of uncontacted people in the world
• Most remote and uncharted places on earth, yet inhabited by 67 different people groups
• Mobile medical clinics opening doors in areas otherwise inaccessible