Rick Warren of Saddleback Church has announced plans to host a gathering of church leaders from all 54 African nations titled "The All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress."
The event has been scheduled for August 6-10, 2015, which will coincide with Rwanda's "Day of Thanksgiving", which is a day to celebrate reconciliation on the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
Warren said earlier this week, "I have been to Rwanda many times but this is by far my most important trip. This week I am bringing over 100 leaders from 30 African nations as well as Russia, China, India and the U.S. I want them to see what is happening in this country and to see the growth, development and progress that has been made in both this nation and its churches as we prepare for the 2015 gathering."
He added, "I have been working with and watching the churches of Rwanda for nearly 10 years, and I believe now is the time for them to be a model to the world. It would be just like God to take a small nation like Rwanda on which the world turned its back 20 years ago in its greatest need and use it for God and for good."
Warren believes that the key to the entire Middle East region finding peace is inside Rwanda.
"I believe the secret to Middle East peace is in Rwanda. World leaders should be studying Rwanda. This should be the model," he said.
Next year's conference is planned to be the first of five annual conference that will run through to 2020. The second in 2016 is already planned for Latin America, according to organizers.
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