Founded by Onesphore Manirakiza, Harvest for Christ Ministries is an interdenominational movement which began in 2001 at the University of Burundi. The team began by meeting for prayer and organizing revival conferences in many places to mobilize the church for harvest. What started with a small team of students is now a thriving organization with 25 teams planted across the country who are involved in outreach, evangelism and equipping the church for evangelism. Our dream is to see Burundi transformed by the impact of the church, thus making Burundi a light throughout Africa and the world.
Watch the video below to hear the beautiful story of Jean Marie, a man from the Batwa tribe in Burundi, who overcame poverty and prejudice to find dignity and purpose in his life.
Cornerstone’s partnership with Harvest for Christ centers on the Batwa people of Muramvya. Making up around 1% of the population, the Batwa are the poorest and most marginalized people group in Burundi. Excluded from the land owning shares, they are often left to live on small hillside sites with steep sloping banks handed out by the government, where living conditions are cramped and the soil is usually infertile.
The daily life of the Batwa is a struggle for survival against the effects of extreme poverty, often working for a single meal a day in areas previously lacking access to clean water, sanitation, schooling or medical care.
Currently, Harvest for Christ is working with the Batwa community in the areas of housing, food security, health, education and spiritual health. Cornerstone contributes financially, and often sends teams to see and participate in the work in this community. Projects in which we have been able to be a part include the opening of a school, feeding children at the school, the construction of new homes, food security, and the construction of a medical clinic.
Because of our holistic activities in the Batwa community, many Batwa have discovered the love of God and are beginning to trust in Him. We thank God that He is revealing himself to the Batwa people in Burundi, and hope that He will continue to provide for them.