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Rwanda Genocide 100-Day Commemoration Culminates With Kigali Festival With Andrew Palau
Date:7/24/2009

Thousands respond to the world evangelist's proclamation of the Good News after a far-reaching Season of Service blesses entire city

KIGALI, Rwanda, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifteen years after the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people in 100 days, the people of Rwanda continue the hard work of healing and restoration, laying the groundwork for a strong future. Through Kigali Festival with Andrew Palau on July 17-18, and the festival's preceding Season of Service, hope and Good News were offered in abundance.

Attended by more than 70,000 people, the evangelist's two-day festival was held on the Amahoro National Stadium grounds in Rwanda's capital city. Another 3,000 people attended separate events for women, government, business, and civic leaders, and prisoners at Kigali Central Prison. More than 5,000 people made public decisions for Jesus Christ.

"It is a joy and privilege to see God's powerful offer of life, freedom, and forgiveness so readily embraced," said Palau. "The incredible response testifies to God's work of reconciliation in beautiful Rwanda."

The Palau festival was a partnership with Africa New Life Ministries, Hope Rwanda, and Water for Life, combining their efforts to gather more than 350 participating churches. The campaign was fully supported by Kigali City's mayor, vice mayor, city council, and all of the city's sector leadership.

Kigali Festival itself included all the classic components of a Palau festival: a Family Fun Zone for kids, action sports demonstrations by professional BMX and skateboard athletes, the Gospel message presented by Palau, and live concerts by Nicole C. Mullins, Building 429, Dave Lubben, and Rwandan musician and genocide survivor, Enric Sifa.

Preceding the festival, the Season of Service brought together churches, government leaders
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