H.E. Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of the Republic of Burundi
In Bujumbura, Burundi Africa on July 2, 2011 Her Excellency, Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza Bucumi, was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Bishop Dr. Arthur Kitonga a Kenyan preacher and renowned leader of the Redeemed Gospel Church officiated.
The pastoral ordination of the First Lady of Burundi is the first of it’s kind in the country and all over the world. The service was held in the gardens of the Royal Palm Resort located on Lake Tanganyika.
Several high-ranking authorities and distinguished guests from abroad were in attendance, including the Queen of Swaziland, Her Royal Highness NOMSA Matsebula. There were clergymen from Tanzania, Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and Canada in attendance as well.
Burundi Head of State, H. E. Pierre Nkurunziza, in his congratulatory message to His spouse, expressed His delight to see the First Lady “chosen by the Almighty to proclaim the Good News.” President Nkurunziza went on to say He would never oppose the mission of the Lord. He instead urged the First Lady to preach the Word of God to the confines of the earth, as Jesus Christ advised his disciples.
The Father of the Nation took the opportunity to provide advice to His countrymen and women. He preached love and obedience to families and throughout the country recommended following the Holy Scriptures. H. E. Nkurunziza is quoted saying, “Indeed the Bible requires women to obey their husbands, children to obey their parents and husbands to love their wives.” The President also urged the Highest Assembly to be wise, according to the biblical Proverbs in chapter 24, verses 3-5, so as to live harmoniously in their respective families.
Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at large for the Republic of Burundi said, “This is a great day for the Republic of Burundi, the continent of Africa and the Kingdom of God. This is the new Burundi.”