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Bishop Amooti
Bishop Amooti at Hilton Methodist Church
Bishop Amooti at Hilton Methodist Church

You might have gone along to hear Bishop Nathan Amooti from Rwanda at Huntingdon Methodist Church in May this year. By popular demand, Bishop Nathan was back in the Circuit — this time in Hilton on Sunday 20th October.

The evening was very well attended and people gave very generously to the work of 'Mission Possible' with £342 donated on leaving church. This will go towards a new project at the Star School near Kigali which was built on a hillside where both drainage and erosion are big problems, along with tropical storms. Drainage ditches have been dug and a walkway constructed around the school, but the site would benefit from a good number of trees to assist the water to run off, and to provide shelter for the students. This is therefore what the generous donations will be put towards.
We look forward at Hilton to remaining in contact with Richard Wallis and the work of 'Mission Possible' in the future.

About Bishop Nathan Amooti
As a boy, Nathan was a refugee in Uganda and grew up caring for cattle. He was sponsored through college, trained as a teacher and became headmaster at the age of 27 before returning home to Rwanda which his family had fled as tension grew in that country prior to the 1994 genocide.
Nathan was appointed Diocesan Director of Education in Kigali and spearheaded many social action projects in the post genocide years. During this time, Richard Wallis of St. Ives based Mission Possible worked with him building homes for child-headed families (there were so many orphans after the genocide) as well as teaching on forgiveness and reconciliation. In 2006, Nathan founded the Star School near Kigali with Mission Possible UK as their first partner.

Today it is a thriving school with 1000 pupils. During this time, Nathan also became an ordained Anglican minister and planted several churches in the Kigali area. In 2012, he was appointed Bishop of Cyangugu — a remote part of Rwanda with many challenges, including refugees and poverty. Mission Possible continued working with him pioneering many new projects including feeding and clean water projects, and planting churches, including in the large and almost inaccessible Nyungwe tropical forest — the source of both The Nile and The Congo rivers.

Nathan is a delightful engaging visionary person and a wonderful public speaker combining teaching Biblical truths with a sense of humour. (He has been called the 'Singing and Laughing Bishop' as at times he bursts into song as he shares the passions that God has put on his heart followed by infectious laughter). He is an outstanding Christian leader.

Nathan is married to Esther. They have three children. In August Bishop Nathan was appointed Bishop of Kigali which is the capital of Rwanda.

For more information about Mission Possible please visit www.mpuk.org

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