Kigali, Rwanda

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Good Shepherd Church was established in the capital city of Kigali, Rwanda, in 1995 by Pastor Simon Nziramakenga. Since that time it has grown to more than 1,000 members and on December 18, 2013, the congregation moved into its newly completed sanctuary. From this “mother church” in Remera township, 26 other congregations have been established in other towns in Rwanda. Good Shepherd Church operates a primary school on the church property for more than 200 needy children and an orthopedic clinic.


Simon Nziramakenga


Simon Nziramakenga is pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Kigali, Rwanda, and coordinator of the 26 other Good Shepherd Churches throughout Rwanda. For many years he served with Campus Crusade for Christ in Nairobi, Kenya, and as worship leader at Good Shepherd Africa Gospel Church in Nairobi. He and his wife Kedress have four grown children: Gad, Faith, Paul, and Nehemiah.

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Pastors' Training Conference
$5,000 $

There are 26 pastors in the Good Shepherd network of churches, most of whom have limited pastoral/theological training. Monthly training seminars will be held at the Remera Church in Kigali, once funding is received.

$20,000 $

Kedress recently underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot on the brain. She is currently in intensive care in Kigali, Rwanda, and is expected to recover. However, the recovery will be slow and the hospital bills are mounting as her treatment continues.

Sunday School Classrooms
6$5,000 ea.$

Construction of the main sanctuary was completed in December, 2013, but six classrooms remain unfinished. These will be used for Sunday School, pastors' training, week-day Bible classes, and other church functions

Ministry van
$15,000 $

Heart of Africa provided Simon Nziramakenga with a minivan 18 years ago in order to show the Jesus Film throughout Rwanda and to start the ministry of Good Shepherd Church. It has finally broken down.

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Dec 29, 2015 - Faith Nziramakenga Returns to Rwanda with Her Dad

We are delighted to report that Miss Faith Nziramakenga has returned to Rwanda to help her father, Simon Nziramakenga, with his duties at Good Shepherd Church in Kigali. Her mother, Kedress, passed away in February and left an enormous gap in the ministries which she and Simon had started nearly twenty years ago. Faith is a graduate of Asbury University and was working as a pharmaceutical researcher in Atlanta. She will be helping her dad manage the many ministries of the church, the school, the hospital, and the 26 daughter churches as well as maintaining the family home.

Feb 21, 2015 - Kedress Nziramakenga, 1954-2015

We regret to report that our long-time friend and ministry partner, Mrs. Kedress Nziramakenga, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 20, in Kigali, Rwanda. She died of a pulmonary embolism following brain surgery a few weeks earlier. Kedress and her husband Simon were the founders of the Good Shepherd Churches in Kigali and 26 other communities in Rwanda. Before returning to their homeland nearly twenty years ago, they served on the staff of Campus Crusades in Nairobi, Kenya, and worshipped at Good Shepherd Africa Gospel Church on Ngong Road. Kedress is survived by her husband Simon and their four children: Gad, Faith, Paul, and Nehemiah. Generous donors have given $7,500 through Heart of Africa to cover the costs of Kedress’ surgery and hospital care. Memorial gifts continue to come in through this website and by mail.

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