From Archbishop Foley Beach, Chairman of Gafcon:
It is with great sadness that I share with you the tragic news that Archbishop Laurent Mbanda’s son, Edwin (Eddie) Mbanda, has unexpectedly passed away in his sleep in the United States. Edwin was 33 years old.
As you can imagine, this is shocking and heartbreaking news. I, together with the Gafcon family, extend my deepest condolences to Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, his wife Chantal, and their children Eric and Erica.
Please keep the Mbanda family in your prayers at this difficult time.
O merciful Father, you have taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity on the sorrows of your servants. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy; nourish their souls with patience; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; lift up your countenance upon them; and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 2019, pg 663)
[The Most Reverend Dr Laurent Mbanda is the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and the Vice Chairman of Gafcon Global.]