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[Burundi] The Conference with the President and the First Lady (February 06, 2012)

Since our church in Burundi was established in September, 2006, Pastor Ock Soo Park and his crew arrived in Burundi airport for the first time in 6 years.

The Minister of the Department of Youth, who arranged the conference with the President and the First Lady of Burundi, sent the Vice Minister to the airport because he had to attend the Youth Forum in Tunisia. The Vice President greeted and ushered Pastor Ock Soo Park and his crew to the VIP room.


The first thing on the schedule for Burundi was the conference with the First Lady – it was the only conference with the First Lady during this visit to the 4 Eastern African countries. While the Minister of the Department of Youth was arranging the conference with the President, he unexpectedly suggested the conference with the First Lady as well. Because she is currently a pastor in Burundi and leading a charitable organization, the Minister fervently recommended her that the conference with Pastor Ock Soo Park would be favorable.

The Buntu Foundation, led by Denise Nkurunziza, the First Lady, is for orphans, widows, and people with disabilities. The organization has its branches in 15 provinces out of the total of 16 provinces in Burundi. On top of that, the First Lady, as a pastor, preaches on radios and has her own church.