Serving in Uganda
Gato Munyamasoko is rejoining CBM as National Field Staff as CBM’s Peace and Reconciliation Specialist and provide support to CBM’s partners throughout Africa. Gato previously served in Rwanda, formerly as CBM Field Staff and then for the past five years as the General Secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda, CBM’s church partner. He concluded that role earlier this year. In his new role with CBM, Gato will serve alongside Ugandan churches and communities in fostering peace, especially in areas that have a strong refugee presence. In consultation with local leaders, he will develop a training curriculum on peace-building and integral mission, which will benefit CBM’s partners throughout Africa and beyond. He will also mentor and disciple Christian students and professionals through fellowships associated with the Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gato grew up in a refugee family. His parents had left Rwanda in 1959 to escape the growing bouts of ethnic hatred and violence. His experience has given him a unique and deeply personal insight into the conflicts and tensions that linger on in the Great Lakes Region well after the 1994 genocide. Rwanda still lives with the trauma of nearly one million violent deaths and two million displaced people in 1994. The church’s role is critical in building lasting peace.
Though he grew up in a nominal Catholic family, Gato attended a local Baptist church and became a Christian during his teen years as a result of an evangelism crusade. He became known at school and around the community for his enthusiasm in sharing the good news of the Gospel with others. He continues to have a heart for all people to hear and connect with the word of God. He speaks Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, French and English.
In 1995, Gato moved to Rwanda with his wife and family to become a school director and shortly after that, one of the leaders of the AEBR. Recognized for his leadership skills, Gato is one of the new generation of grassroots leaders in the developing world to receive CBM scholarships. In 2007, he successfully completed a master’s degree in theological studies.