Harvest Initiatives

Harvest Initiatives

Onesphore pioneered a summer outreach campaign which has continued to yield extraordinary fruit. Over the last 15 years teams averaging 700 young people have gone out across Burundi to preach and serve and pray for the sick.

Onesphore pioneered a summer outreach campaign which has continued to yield extraordinary fruit. Over the last 15 years teams averaging 700 young people have gone out across Burundi to preach and serve and pray for the sick.

Harvest Initiatives is a local Burundian Christian non-profit organization which was founded in 2000 by a team of 7 students, led by Onesphore Manirakiza. Their vision was to see Burundi transformed through the impact of a revived church. The mission is to raise up a movement of disciples and leaders acting as catalysts in the transformation of Burundi and throughout Africa.

Harvest Initiatives (HI) has established Harvest Clubs in 17 out of the 18, working alongside different denominations to build the capacity of the local church and their leaders – in Bible training and evangelism, and community outreach.

HI serves more than 600 Batwa (‘Pygmy’) families and other vulnerable in 5 communities, with integrated projects involving health, education, nutrition and life-skills. HI empowers communities through Nduza Nkuduze (loosely-translated ‘Together we can overcome’) which is a small savings and loans association.

HI has a huge centre at Karubabi which hosts the best primary school in the province, a high-quality medical clinic, and with a vocational boarding school mid-construction. It is also very active in the North and East of the country.

One of HI’s most remarkable activities is the annual summer campaign. Over the last 15 years, they have sent out thousands of young people across the country in teams to witness in towns and villages. These have led approximately 170,000 people to Jesus, and have seen many modern-day ‘acts of the Apostles’, including blind people seeing, deaf hearing, demon-possessed people being set free, and more.

Karubabi School and New High School Development

Karubabi Harvest School

To provide continuing education to thousands of children, we are seeking support to complete a new secondary school. Once complete it will offer academic and vocational opportunities to those who would otherwise be unlikely to proceed in education beyond 5th Grade. These families will experience life-changing benefits!

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Stories from Harvest Initiatives:

From a World of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light!

For over fifty years, Yesaya was notorious as an aggressive and ruthless Witchdoctor in the Kabanda hills. With expertise in dark magic and sorcery, his reputation had spread far beyond his hometown to other parts of the nation. When he was 15-years-old, he inherited the powers and charms of sorcery

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Mind-blowing stories from Outreach!

Every summer, Harvest Initiatives trains and sends thousands of people into their communities all across Burundi to share the news of the Gospel and offer prayer to those in need. In 2023, we asked our supporters to pray for the outreach, and so we are delighted to report back some

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Crazy Wild Workings in Burundi!

Earlier this summer, I asked for prayers for our huge team of evangelists during their two-week summer outreach campaign, and the results and stories are in. We sent out 850 evangelists across the country for two weeks. 13,831 people chose to give their lives to Christ. Amazing!

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Dramatic Deliverance!

Sylvere was like any other average teenager. He loved hanging out with friends and playing football. But in 2018, while in grade 8, his world turned upside down. One day after school, while at home at the dinner table, Sylvere’s dad, Jacques*, noticed Sylvere laughing hysterically to himself. At first

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