Love Burundi Festival

Posted in OLD The Archive

It's early in the morning and on your way to work, like many TWR employees, you swing past your favourite café to grab a cup of steaming Arabica coffee. Your taste buds come alive while you experience "sweet citrus tastes with cinnamon spice notes and the aromas of honey and lemon blossoms." As you are refreshed by these delightful flavours, you could be supporting one of 800,000 Burundian families, if your Arabica beans were grown on one of Burundi's 25 million coffee plants.1

As these families plant and harvest their coffee beans, a great festival is planned for the harvesting of Burundian souls to add their unique cultural flavour and join the "aroma of Christ to God" (2 Corinthians 1:15). This festival is happening on the 6th and 7th of August 2011. Andrew Palau, son of evangelist Luis Palau, will be in Bujumbura, Burundi to share the Good News.

Up to the age of 27, Andrew was a rebel, openly defying the King of Heaven. Then he joined his parents on one of their outreaches to Jamaica. As he heard his father preach the gospel once again, he heard it afresh as if for the first time. There and then, God opened his heart and Andrew was rescued and adopted into God's family. As a man who knows the saving power of God in Christ, his passion is to tell people everywhere the Good News that God has made a way, through His Son, for rebels to become radicals in the Redeemer's hands!2

The work for this festival started many months ago as Andrew visited with leaders in Bujumbura to lay the ground work for the festival. The build-up is happening as you read this and, "the enthusiasm is unbelievable!"3 This is no hit-and-run campaign. After many months of careful brewing, the 6th and 7th of August are merely a catalyst for the churches of Bujumbura to love and disciple many brand new Christians long after the festival.

TWR is excited about partnering with the Palau association once again to broadcast the festival so that it is not only heard in the language of Kirundi in Bujumbura, Burundi, but also in other African countries, in people's heart-languages. TWR will broadcast the festival both live and delayed on various media platforms including: shortwave and medium wave Swaziland, medium wave Benin, DStv audio channel 155, Vivid satellite, Internet audio stream and several of our FM networks and cooperative broadcasters.

You are invited to join in on the festival by listening live at
{http://www.twrafrica.org/stream.asp} on the 6th and 7th of August at 14:00 South African local time (12:00 UCT).

Please be in prayer for this festival.

1. http://www.espressocoffeeguide.com/gourmet-coffee/arabian-and-african-coffees/burundi-coffee/
2. http://andrew.palau.org/about
3. http://blip.tv/luis-palau-association/burundi-report-from-andrew-palau-5159595

Published: 28 July 2011