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Distinguished Young Alumni Award Goes to Africa New Life Founders


Portland, ORE -Multnomah University will present the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumni award to Charles and Florence Buregeya at a special event chapel to be held in their honor. Since their graduation, the Buregeyas have founded and remain deeply involved with Africa New Life ministries in Kigali Rwanda. Through Africa New LifeMinistries individuals can sponsor children providing them with education, school materials, uniforms, shoes and basic medical insurance, helping to break the cycle of poverty as they learn about the hope found in Jesus Christ. Charles and Florence will share more about their journey during the chapel celebration. The event is open to the public.

Florence Buregeya 

Florence Buregeya graduated in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) in Family Ministry. She is the founder of New Life Family Center, as well as all ministries to women through Africa New Life. She hosts an annual women's conference at New Life Bible Church in Kigali which attracts approximately 2,000 attendees.

Charles Buregeya 

Charles Buregeya graduated in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) in Ministries Management. He is the lead Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Kigali, serving 1,000 people weekly. In addition to his role as President and Founder of Africa New Life, Charles is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Form of Born Again Churches in Rwanda (FOBACR). Established in 2004 and now recognized as one of about a dozen official religious organizations in Rwanda, FOBACR provides fellowship, moral accountability, evangelistic support, and political credibility for hundreds of emerging churches across the nation.

Sponsoring Children

Having founded Africa New Life in 2001 with a small school serving 29 ponsored children, Charles and Florence have seen their ministry grow exponentially.

  • Almost 5,000 children are currently sponsored and headed toward high school graduation and/or training in a marketable vocational skill.
  • New Life Christian Academy serving primarily orphans and sponsored students in grades K-10 currently ranks first in testing for secondary grades, and second for primary grades within the Rwandan school system.
  • Due to the success of New Life Christian Academy, the Rwandan government has asked Africa New Life ministries to manage three public schools where they are able to freely share the gospel with approximately 3,000 children.


Distinguished Young Alumnus

The Distinguished Young Alumni award honors a younger alum who embodies Christian values in their work, and personal life. Each year Multnomah University grants this special award in order to encourage and recognize alumni in their efforts to advance in their occupation and relationship with Christ. We encourage alumni to nominate those whom they feel exemplify the values and qualities Multnomah University upholds.


For more information, contact the Alumni department at 503.251.6455 or

About Africa New Life

Since 2001, Africa New Life has shared the gospel using two hands: the hand of compassion helping to meet basic needs and give hope for the future to those living in poverty in Rwanda, and the hand of evangelism sharing the freedom and hope found in Christ. Africa New Life Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the history and current ministries of Africa New Life Rwanda, visit their website here.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada; Seattle, Washington; and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.