Amahoro Gathering 2012
Dates: May 21-25, 2012
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
Conversation: The Bible: Library for African Transformation
If this is your first time attending The Gathering, please plan to arrive by 1pm on May 21st for an Amahoro Orientation Session. This is a required element for our first time friends, to introduce you to the Amahoro Story and help you engage in conversation effectively over the remaining days!
Cost: for Western friends is $900, which includes your lodging, food, transport to / from the airport and conference fees. This also allows you to support some of our African friends coming from more impoverished economies.
If you do plan to arrive early (to allow time to overcome jet-lag) or stay a couple of extra days, there is an additional daily fee. Mention this at time of registration for more details.
A $300 non-refundable fee is required to confirm your participation. We recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible, but no later than February 17th.
First time guests all begin with Amahoro Orientation at 2pm.
Registration for all is 1-5pm.
Dinner is our first meal together!
Opening Session and Welcome at 7pm
Tues - Thursday will be full days!
A session of worship and keynote conversation will begin each morning.
We will enjoy three meals, ample free time for connections & rest.
Evening sessions will bring it all together!
We will offer track conversations each afternoon for deeper discussions about issues that effect our areas of ministry and living. Theology, Praxis and Advocacy are some possibilities! We will share more as The Gathering nears...
We will take a field visit to see the community development work happening in the city and up-country.
Breakfast will be our final meal together.
Check out will be in the morning...*If you are interested in a field trip visiting some of our friends in neighboring countries - ask for more info!
Should you travel in early or want to stay a few extra days, do be aware there is an additional cost per extra day of lodging.
The Gathering in Burundi...
Our annual gathering provides a place of mutual learning for African and
non-African leaders involved in innovative ministries that build disciple-making communities with an emphasis on justice and mercy.. Partnerships are created
and ideas shared to edify all participants through the conference, field trips and on-going mission together,
This year our theme is The Bible: A Library for African Transformation. We really want approach the Biblical story together this year, learning how to be better students of Scripture.
We will spend a lot of time reading and discovering the Bible and how to rightly discern the transformational message that can bring life to our work and our communities.
Bring your Bible, because we will be exploring so much together in large sessions and small groups - learning together and sharing so we all deepen our love for this grand Story of God!
It will be especially exciting to engage the Bible on African soil and think about these stories in light of African realities. These ancient stories have so much to offer African leaders who engage their communities every day, stories about real life in real villages and lessons learned and lessons still to be learnt as we compare to our countries.
- TO REGISTER: email Kelley Johnson Nikondeha at
requesting the registration link and payment details, including any other questions!
"The Amahoro Gathering was an awesome, grieving, happy, sad, moving and life changing experience. One can never be the same when Africa opens her heart and speaks. You want to listen. My time in Rwanda reflecting on reconciliation and healing challenged me in more way than one."
"The central motivation for my traveling to Rwanda has been to learn, through relationships and experiences, about Rwanda, and Africa in general. My embedded postmodern understanding has been deeply engaged and shaped by what I have experienced over here. There is a refrain that keeps going off in my head…almost like a mantra, "Africa can save the world.""
"In Rwanda we learnt many things: that forgiveness is a process, that truthful remembrance is redemptive and fruitful, that restorative justice is important, that trinity is our model of relationship (for community). Our stay in Rwanda was a time of joyful laughter and tearful agony. The evil done and forgiveness cherished make our story, the African story, a story of woe and hope."