FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How can I apply for someone to come and lead one of your workshops in my country?
2. I am very interested in reconciliation and feel God is calling me into such a ministry.
- How do you suggest I can train for this?
- Can you train me?
- Could I attend one of your workshops?
- Could I travel with Rhiannon and learn from her on the job?
3. I am doing a thesis on ethnic conflict / reconciliation / violence in Africa etc and have heard about your work in Rwanda. Do you have any material that could help me in my studies?
4. I am hoping to visit Rwanda soon to work with _________, and would like to have any insights you can give me before I go.
5. We are looking for someone to lead our reconciliation project in _______ and wonder if you can recommend anyone from your network of contacts.
6. I have been asked to start a reconciliation/ trauma counselling project in ____________. Is there any help you can give me from your experience in Rwanda?
7. I was very interested in Rhiannon’s story which I heard from__________. How did she get into this ministry?
8. I hear Rhiannon is an expert on trauma counselling, having done this for years in Rwanda. Could she come to speak in our conference on trauma counselling?
9. We are having conflict in our church / community. Could you come with your reconciliation skills to help us?
How can I apply for someone to come and lead one of your workshops in my country?
Priority is given to countries where there has been significant conflict or division in recent years, and where there is a group of local people who have the motivation and capacity to take this ministry forward. The aim is always to equip local people to be agents of healing and reconciliation in their own countries, rather than running one-off events. The best case would be for someone in your country to attend the International School of Reconciliation in Rwanda (Look out for flyer under Events) preferably a small team of 2 or more representing the different sides of the conflict/division. They can then assess the workshop and go back to present it to various Christian leaders in your country. Someone could then possibly come and hold an introductory workshop in your country. For further information, please use the contact page.
I am very interested in reconciliation and feel God is calling me into such a ministry. How do you suggest how I can train for this?
We praise God for anyone He is raising up for this needed ministry. A ministry of reconciliation takes a lot of preparation, because first we must make sure we are fully reconciled to God, to others and to ourselves. As a first step you could look at the website of the International Reconciliation Coalition www.reconcile.org which gives a broad approach to reconciliation. The particular emphasis of Healing the Nations is ethnic or racial reconciliation, or reconciliation between different national groupings.
Can you train me?
Rhiannon Lloyd is unable to train anyone personally but an International School of Reconciliation is held in Rwanda every 2 years, run by Rabagirana ministries. You are strongly recommended to attend this.
Could I attend one of your workshops?
The answer depends on which country you have in mind. There are HHTN’s being held in many places now, but usually in local languages. The best thing would be to attend the International School of Reconciliation in Rwanda. See above. If you are wondering whether or not you can attend a workshop Rhiannon Lloyd is doing, then the answer is that she rarely conducts workshop personally these days as our focus is to train national teams and hand over the ministry to them as soon as possible. Her work is primarily as a consultant to the teams.
Could I travel with Rhiannon and learn from her on the job?”
When she travels, Rhiannon’s focus must be 100% on the team she is going to visit. Besides, she is normally going into troubled areas and her advisory covering group are not happy for her to take people they have not chosen to make those journeys with her. However, there is an internship program set up in Rwanda, working with the Rabagirana team, so contact Joseph Nyamutera [email protected] for further information.
I am doing a thesis on ethnic conflict / reconciliation / violence in Africa etc., and have heard about your work in Rwanda. Do you have any material that could help me in my studies?
Check out the articles and manuals found in this website. Otherwise, there are many different resources (articles or lists of books to buy) to be found on the web, depending upon where your interests lie. To give you a start hunting around, you might check out www.gracebridge.org which has a list of different books on the subject or www.reconcile.org which is the home of the International Reconciliation Coalition. You’ll find links there in other directions.
I am hoping to visit Rwanda soon to work with _________, and would like to have any insights you can give me before I go.
This is a huge subject which we are not able to take the time to get into. We’d suggest you contact your local library or check online for any information on the history and geography of the nation. To get you started, here’s a couple of general links: www.gov.rw (the official government website) or www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107926.html (an encyclopedic type of article).
We are looking for someone to lead our reconciliation project in _______ and wonder if you can recommend anyone from your network of contacts.
We’d suggest you contact the International Reconciliation Coalition based in Ventura, California with this question as they are networking with reconciliation agents all over the world.
I have been asked to start a reconciliation/ trauma counselling project in ____________. Is there any help you can give me from your experience in Rwanda?
Unfortunately, we do not have the time to respond to this on a one-to-one basis. The Member Care department at Le Rucher, Geneva, does offer trauma counselling training, usually once per year. See www.lerucher.org for information about this. For other resources to do with trauma counselling, take a look at www.mmct.org.
I was very interested in Rhiannon’s story which I heard from__________. How did she get into this ministry?
Rhiannon would say, “Suffice to say that it was not planned by me at all! But I can see now that God had been preparing me my whole life. I was invited into Rwanda by Medair, a Christian relief organisation, with the idea of training the church how to cope with the aftermath of genocide. It became clear that this was not God’s plan, but that His plan was to heal the church so that the church could then become an agent of healing and reconciliation. If the church had been the church as God intended, the genocide would never have taken place. In meeting with church leaders and listening to their story the idea was born of a workshop which would help them find healing and change their attitude to the other ethnic group. And that’s where it all started.”
I hear Rhiannon is an expert on trauma counselling, having done this for years in Rwanda. Could she come to speak in our conference on trauma counselling?
Rhiannon’s speciality is not trauma counselling although she may sometimes pray during a workshop with individuals for healing of their trauma. Counselling is a different discipline which is usually a process and a commitment to seeing clients over a period of time. She is not in a position to do this. Her focus is on equipping the church to be an agent of healing and reconciliation in the community. The trauma counselling aspect is handled by the Member Care department at Le Rucher, Geneva www.lerucher.org.
We are having conflict in our church / community. Could you come with your reconciliation skills to help us?
Our calling is to help the church deal with national and regional conflict and that is more than enough to take up our time! Although many of the principles in our ministry can be used in varying situations of conflict, this is not the focus of this ministry. A paper on the principles used can be found on the website. Otherwise, another useful link is to the Peacemaker website: www.peacemaker.net/site/c.aqKFLTOBIpH/b.958123/k.CB70/Home.htm