by Prince Bahati, communication director, East-Central Africa Division, courtesy Adventist News Network

His Excellency Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, and Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently unveiled the new East-Central Africa Division (ECD) School of Medicine.

Eustace Pennicook, founding dean of the medical school, highlighted the four phases of the school and explained to the attendees the first phase that has been completed. This phase is composed of four main parts, including a science complex which contains nine laboratories and smart classrooms, a modern cafeteria building, an updated complex for student dormitories and a modern guest house area.

Blasious Ruguri, president of the Adventist Church in East Africa, thanked Kagame who promptly fulfilled his promise of providing a paved road that gives easier access to the campus. Ruguri shared the school of medicine was a project beyond local financial capacities. He thanked the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for the 2016 13thSabbath offering that was funneled to this project. He also thanked church members from 11 countries throughout the region, whose leaders were present. Each one contributed to the school and many others also extended their generosity. He expressed the need for land on which to extend other facilities for the school, mainly a training hospital.

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