Kinyinya sector has witnessed the mushrooming of what are referred to as Pentecostal churches.

Kinyinya sector has witnessed the mushrooming of what are referred to as Pentecostal churches.

The rapidly increasing number of born again churches have not left residents with belief and hope but worry.

The residents of Dusenyi village, Kagugu in Kinyinya sector, Gasabo district say that in shortest period of time, over 10 churches have been established in the village which leaves them wondering whether they are established to spread the word of God.

“I see all these owners of church looking for daily bread, they are into business, you cannot tell me that these 10 ten churches are here to woe souls to Jesus Christ,” a resident of the village told this website.

Residents decry mushrooming born again churches

What creates more doubt as to whether churches are established for the gospel mission residents say, is because some churches have two branches-the Pentecostal church of Rwanda-ADEPR, Methodist church.

But also, residents say that the noise from the churches affect them as they are closer to homes and they have services from dawn to dusk.

“They are always shouting from morning till late in the night we cannot rest,” a one Alice said

But church leaders in the area say that the noise from church mainly during praise and worship cannot affect residents saying some people have a detest of Christianity.

Thousands of Pentecostal churches are mushrooming in cities and rural areas across the country. In fact, critics say there are more churches and mosques than schools.

Thousands of Pentecostal churches are mushrooming in cities and rural areas across the country. In fact, critics say there are more churches and mosques than schools.

“We have police officers staying near the church and even government officials,” said Rev Emmanuel Bandushimana, a leader of Shalom Pentecost in the area.

He says churches work with authorities to ensure that they (church) do not affect the peace of other people around the area adding that any complaints arising the church leadership looks into it.

Last year, police cracked down on churches as well as bars in an effort to curb noise after citizens’ complaints which saw most prominent pastors in Kigali arrested with several churches and bars installing sound proofs.

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