Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I get Le Rucher Ministries to bring their reconciliation workshop to my country?
Please take a look at this article which explains all the different parts of the ministry. If you feel you meet all the criteria listed on Page 5, and you agree with the workshop format we conduct, contact us and we will consider your request. Unfortunately, we are limited in our capacity, so even if the criteria is fully met on your side, we may still be unable to get involved. This is also why we try to provide resources for you to become an agent of reconciliation in your own nation!

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. We recommend that you look at the website of the International Reconciliation Coalition www.reconcile.org

 

Can you train me?
Rhiannon Lloyd is unable to train anyone personally but we are planning to run a School of Reconciliation Jan - March, 2011. Check it out!

 

Could I attend one of your workshops?
Probably the easiest workshops to attend are the ones held in South Africa because one of the languages used is English. The other locations use the local language(s). You can contact Fanie Engelbrecht for current information on upcoming workshops in South Africa. If you are really 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. Details of any forthcoming workshops she may do will be posted on this website. (None are scheduled at this time.)

 

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 we do not permit people who are not full-time LRM staff to make those journeys with her. However, we do hope to have an internship program set up in Rwanda, working with the LRM Great Lakes team sometime in the near future, so watch this site for news.

 

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. However, a book is in the process of being written in which we share our experiences, the principles involved and the outcomes we have seen as well as lessons learned along the way regarding healing and reconciliation. Watch this website to find out when this will be available. Our Member Care department does offer trauma counselling training, usually once per year. 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. Our focus is on equipping the church to be an agent of healing and reconciliation in the community. The trauma counselling aspect is handled by our Member Care department.

 

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 ethnic 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 we use 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