My Name is John Kalenzi, I’m married to Joselyne Bivugire Kalenzi, and we have two children: a boy called David Kalenzi – 17 years old and a girl called Esther Ineza Kalenzi – 12 years old. I became Team Leader of African Enterprise Rwanda in 2008.
My normal day as a Team Leader of a local and growing para- church organisation is comprised of very many activities:
I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and pray with my wife Joselyne after reading a bible passage. From 5:20 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. I check emails and respond to the urgent ones, after which I prepare myself and then go to the office. I normally leave home at 6:30 a.m. and it is a 30 minutes’ drive from home to the office. I participate in the staff morning devotions from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. This enables me to provide spiritual oversight to the AE Staff. With affect from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., I meet AE staff and different outsiders like pastors and leaders or staff of different organizations who come to my office for one reason or another. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., I check reports from heads of departments to ensure successful implementation of all projects run by AE Rwanda and maintain the culture of AE among all staff and projects. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., I deal with office work that ensures efficiency and accountability, after which I address the challenges as they arise.
Time for lunch at AE Rwanda is from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., so I share a meal with the staff and have some catch up and refreshing time, where we talk about different topics, and have some bit of fun. I use the biggest part of the afternoon – 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to develop fundraising opportunities and cultivate new donor relationships which include, generating and reflecting on ministry ideas, meeting church leaders, writing concept notes, writing thank you notes, making phone calls to local supporters and the like. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I respond to emails, scan whether administrative systems in place are adhered to, and then set objectives and plans for the next day. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I travel home, where I join my family. After a short time of relaxation, we have dinner together, then evening devotions from around 9:20 pm to 9:50 pm and then head to bed.
The day I have described is a normal one, but there are many times when I am invited for meetings on a short notice, or get involved in an eventuality, which causes my plan not to run as prior arranged. During such cases, I must push some of the activities to the next most convenient time.
Current focus areas:
1. Mobilizing Rwandans to pray that the Lord will awaken the slumbering spirits in our nation so that they might find everything they are searching in Him.
2. Training 480 AEE staff and associates on some factors that contribute to effective personal evangelism.
3. Equip 1,200 faith leaders to fight Covid-19 in communities and support them with personal protective equipment.
4. We are responding in every community where we work in one form or another and our Covid-19 emergency response, aims to provide targeted support to reach at least 500,000 most vulnerable people including 260,000 children -focusing on situations of pre-existing vulnerability and fragility (in every community where we work, we are committed to both limiting the spread of Covid-19 and reducing its impact).
Pray with AEE Rwanda Team Leader that:
· God’s presence would move greatly in AEE Rwanda ministry and touch lives.
· God would give AEE staff a heart for his ways and discernment to see his direction.
· God would give us opportunities to share his Gospel with others.
· God would mold our character into his likeness.
· Unsaved Rwandans would come to know the Lord, that their eyes would be opened to see the truth.
· Children of Rwanda will receive joy and hope as their tangible needs are met.
Join AEE Rwanda to pray for healing, provision, wisdom, and opportunities to serve.
Ben Campbell (Sydney) is the CEO Africa Enterprise.