Through Christ, Gate of Hope Ministries International encourages, empowers and educates vulnerable East Africans for a better future


Through Christ, East Africans and their families will be transformed, and their communities developed.

About Gate of Hope

Inspiring Hope & Transforming Lives Since 1995 

Since our inception, we have served to create an environment where East African individuals, families and communities are equipped and empowered to live out a more spiritually fulfilled, socially connected, and economically stable life. Christ is at the center of what we do.

We offer a welcoming and healing community of hope, break isolation, foster and strengthen a sense of belonging, for individuals and families to transform their communities and nations. We provide holistic, trauma-informed, culturally competent, linguistic specific and age-appropriate direct support to individuals and families geared towards removing barriers to self sufficiency.

Our call was in response to the need of  prayer and trauma healing to the 1994 Rwanda genocide survivors. We began by providing a place for survivors to pray together, receive trauma healing, and encourage one another. We then expanded  to further assist those working to rebuild their lives, particularly women, children, the elderly, and vulnerable persons through education and economic empowerment programs.

The ministry expanded from Rwanda to the United Stated in 2003 when Founders Rev. Jean de Dieu Nzeyimana and Dr. Pauline Mukeshimana moved to Kentucky. They recognized  a growing need to assist those who were displaced to refugee camps and eventually re-settled to the United States through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The refugee families arrived in the United States with the dream and hope of improving their lives, only to find it very difficult to integrate their lives into a (foreign) American culture.

Rev. Jean de Dieu Nzeyimana and Dr. Pauline Mukeshimana were called upon to assist with language interpretation, help solve family issues and assist with skills development. As the need grew, GHMI expanded the ministry to include other services that serve refugees and immigrants. Today we have 21+ programs classified across 6 categories.

Today we support the integration and belonging of refugees and immigrants from Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and the development and empowerment of the poor, elderly, widows of the genocide, orphans, people with HIV/AIDS, vulnerable children and their families, living in the rural villages of Rwanda. We offer services and programming in member’s native language among them Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Kirundi, or Kinyamulenge.

Gate of Hope  stands on the pillars of encouragement, empowerment and education.

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We believe that individuals and families need encouragement  through life and that mental health and wellness should be prioritized for community development to take place. Access to counseling provides a path to trauma healing.


We believe that individuals and families should be empowered with the tools and skills to live a physically, emotionally and spiritually fulfilled life.


We believe that access to education enables the realization and fulfillment of our community’s full potential. Education is at the core of development and self-sufficiency.

Our Core Values

Unconditional Love

We affirm that our greatest witness is seen through our love in action. We committed to loving unconditionally through Christ.

Authentic & Mutually Transformative Relationships

We are committed to cultivating authentic and lasting mutually transformative cross-cultural relationships of trust to empower refugees and immigrants to thrive. Relationships of trust are at the heart of what we do.


We are committed to serving with a diverse network of churches and community partners to maximize reach and impact. We value partnership as critical to our mission.


We are committed to responsible and faithful stewardship of all resources. We value being good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us through our donors and supporters. We are accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


We are committed to being responsive to the evolving needs of the communities that we serve in the United States and Rwanda. We are committed to adopting programs that address the core needs of the people and to constantly reevaluating our approaches.

Our Team

We are a team passionate about sharing the love of Christ in practical ways to immigrant refugees. Through Christ we are strengthened to walk boldly and humbly for God’s glory as we seek to be His hands and feet.

Rev. Jean De Dieu Nzeyimana
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Dr. Pauline Mukeshimana
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Esperance I.
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Danielle Mpalirwa
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Christian Ndazigaruye
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Board of Directors

Tamra Brown, Jeff Chandler, Jennifer DeVries, Cristi Fowle, Mark Larson, John Maassen (Chair), Rev. Jean De Dieu Nzeyimana, and Kathy Siegfriedt-Wilson.