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Catherine Booth ni umukobwa w’imfura wa William Booth (washinze
itorero Armée du Salut). Amaze kugira imyaka 23, abana bo mu mugi wa
Paris mu gihugu cy’u Bufaransa bamwise Marishali ubwo yari amaze
gutangiza umurimo mu itorero rya Armée du Salut mu gihugu cy’u Bufaransa
muri Gashyantare 1881.

Muw’1882, yinjiye mu gihugu cy’Ubusuwisi ajya gutangizayo umurimo
w’Imana. Yamaze imyaska 14 ayoboye itorero Armée du Salut mu gihugu cy’u
Bufaransa no mu Busuwisi afatanije na Arthur Sydney Clibborn
barushinganye muw’1887, ubu bafitanye abana 10. Nyuma yo gukorera Imana
mu bihugu bitandukanye, yitabye Imana afite imyaka 97. Catherine Booth
yaravuze ati:"Ubukristo ni ubutwari”. Ibi yabivugishwaga n’ibyo
yanyuzemo. Gushinyagurirwa, iterabwoba, ibiboko, gusenyerwa amazu
n’ibintu, ibisebe byica, nta na kimwe kitageze ku batangije itorero
Armée du Salut mu gihugu cy’Ubufaransa ndetse no mu Busuwisi.

Mu mwaka w’1883, Catherine yafunzwe iminsi 10 mu mugi wa Neuchâtel 
aregwa ko yateje akaduruvayo, ariko abacamanza baza kumusubiza
uburenganzira bwe. Mbega ibigeragezo! Ibi byabaye mu gihe yagombaga
guhura n’umuyobozi w’umuhanga wo mu mugi wa Gasparin ari kumwe n’inteko
y’abanyamakuru bose bari bafite impapuro zimurega kandi batumvaga
imikorere ye na hato. Batangiye kumuburanisha bambaye imyambaro
y’abacamanza, mu gihe aba bakobwa bo bari bashize amanga yo kubwiriza
ubutumwa bwiza n’ubwo hari amabwiriza ya giririkare ndetse barashyizeho
n’ibyapa bibabuza. Madamu Booth yandikiye umukobwa we ubwo yari muri
kasho ati: "Uzabona ko ibyo uri kubabazwa bizagirira umumaro umurimo
wacu twatangije mu gihugu cy’u Busuwisi".

Hashize imyaka 75 (mu mwaka w’1958), guverinoma y’Ubusuwisi yemeje ku
mugaragaro umurimo wagezweho n’itorero Armée du Salut muri icyo gihugu.
Iyo guverinoma yashyize umukono ku mpapuro zari zifite umutwe ugira
uti:"Aleluya". Komande y’izo nyandiko yahise yiyongera maze basaba ko
basohora impapuro 4000 mu gihe bari basanzwe basohora 1000.

Catherine yarekeye abayoboke b’itorero izo mpapuro, abato n’abakuru,
bari bafite umugambi wo kurwanya ubukene n’ibyaha. Turaza kubonamo
bamwe. Nk’uko yabibonaga mu Bufaransa no mu Busuwisi mu mpera
z’ikinyejana cya 19, yanditse agira atya ati:"Biteye ubwoba kubona nta
shyaka abakozi b’Imana bo muri iki kinyejana bafite. Bajya mu rusengero,
basoma Bibiliya, basengera ibyifuzo byabo, bararirimba, banezererwa
Imana. Ariko iyo bigeze ku kurwana intambara hagati y’umwijima n’umucyo,
hagati y’ubutware bw’umwijima n’ijuru, usanga ntacyo bibabwiye.

Muri rusange, usanga abakristo nta gitekerezo nk’iki bafite, ndetse
usanga abana b’Imana batabishyira muri gahunda zabo." " Buri gihe mbona
neza uburyo umwanzi ashaka kutunyaga umuhamagaro wacu. Uko turushaho
kuganira ku Mana, twubakana mu gusenga, twitegereza Imana, dusenga
n’ibindi, ni ko umwanzi arushaho kubura aho apfumurira. Ariko
iyo igihe cyo kumugabaho igitero kigeze, igihe cyo kwigira imbere,
igihe abona hari icyo ari butakaze, uburakari bwe burushaho kwiyongera
maze akaturwanya yivuye inyuma. Mbese umuksrito ntiyagombye guhora mu
ntambara nk’iyi? [...] Twahamagariwe kwikorera umusaraba wacu maze
tukanyura mu nzira y’uwatanze ubugingo bwe ku bwacu."

Muw’1865, ni bwo babazaga William Booth watangije Armée du Salut aho
azakura abayoboke. Yarabashubije ati: "Nzabakura mu tubari no no mu
maresitora". Nyuma y’igihe gito ageze mu gihugu cy’Ubufaransa, umukobwa
we Catherine yiyumvisemo umuhamagaro hamwe na bagenzi be bariri, umwe
muri bo yari afite gitari, maze binjira muri imwe mu maresitora akomeye
yo mu Bufaransa. Yaboneje aho umukuru wayo yari yicaye maze amusaba
uburenganzira bwo kuririmba. Mu gihe yari ari kumusogongeza kuri iyo
ndirimbo yahimbanywe ubuhanga n’umwuka w’Imana, abari aho bose
baracecetse. Ibyari bikubiye muri iyo ndirimbo byari bisanzwe, kandi
byari ibi ngo:

"Mu ijuru ni igihugu cyanjye cyiza,

Hariyo abamarayika.

Umusirikare urwana kandi agasenga

Azabayo nawe".

Kugira ngo yubake urufatiro rukomeye, Catherine yahise ashyiraho
ibigo bitoza ingabo, ni ukuvuga abasore n’abakobwa. Nyuma yo guhabwa
amahugurwa y’amezi abiri mu Bufaransa ndetse no mu Busuwisi, bahise
binjira mu murimo. Aya mashuli yari yoroheje haba ku bijyanye
n’ibikoresho cyangwa amasomo yahatangirwaga. Buri wese yahigaga ku
mpamvu imwe rukumbi: kwinjiza abamisiyoneri mu mugambi nyawo kandi
w’umuntu ku giti cye bahamagarirwa n’Umwami wabo Yesu Kristo.

Catherine yabashshikazaga agira ati: "Ku bijyanye n’ubuzima bwanyu
bwa gikristo, murasabwa gukiranuka gusa, mugakizwa ku kibi cyose, atari
ku binyoma, kwiba cyangwa umujinya gusa, ahubwo mwihane n’irari,
ishyari, gusharira, isoni, kunegurana, kwikunda, n’ibindi bisa bityo.
Ntimwabasha kurwanya icyaha ngo mukineshe mu gihe kikiboneka muri mwe.
Mumara kwezwa, mugomba no kubatizwa mu Mwuka Wera. Buri wese wo muri mwe
nashakishe uwo mubatizo n’ayo mavuta aturuka ku Mana mbere yo gutangira
urugamba".

Bavuye muri aya mahugurwa, bari bamaze guhindurwa batabasha guterwa
ubwoba n’umwanzi. Rimwe na rimwe babamburaga utunyamakuru twabo twitwaga
"En Avant" (Reba imbere), bameneshaga abacuranzi babo, bakabirukankana
n’amabuye, bakababeshyera ibibi babatera ubwoba. Bakomeje kuvuga
ubutumwa babikuye ku mutima. Hari igihe bahuraga n’abanzi barakaye
cyane, ariko nyuma bakaza gufatwa n’imbaraga z’Imana bagakizwa,
bagatangira kwamamaza ibyishimo bisabye imitima yabo. Muri abo bakizwaga
hari n’abahitaga baba ingabo.

Muw’1895, Catherine yanditse igitabo cyasohotse mu bice bibiri cyitwa
"Miracles" (Ibitangaza). Yavuzemo abantu bagera muri mirongo bakize
indwara z’umubiri ndetse n’iz’ubugingo. Abana b’ibirara, abamaraya, ari
nabo baje gushyirirwaho ibigo bitatu byo kurererwamo, abasinzi,
abasambanyi, inzererezi, abapfakazi, abatagira akazi, imfyubyi abana
b’abakobwa bose bageraga mu mujyi wa Paris bashaka aho bacumbika,
inzererezi, abo bose nyuma y’igihe nibura cy’imyaka mike bashoboraga
kubona ubufasha. Catherine yatangije uyu murimo ku mugabane w’Uburayi
kuko ari nawe wawutangije mu gihugu cy’Ubwongereza. Yari abifitemo
uburambe.

 

Amaze kugira imyaka 17, umurimo we wari umaze kugira imbaraga cyane,
atari mu Bwongereza gusa cyangwa no mu tundi duce turuhijwe ahubwo
n’ahandi hose yabonaga ari ngombwa gukora ibiterane by’ivugabutumwa.
Amaze kugira imyaka 22, yari amaze kuba umwe mu bantu bazanye impinduka
mu buryo bw’umwuka mu Bwongereza. Twibutse ko ku ruhande rumwe impano ze
n’ubwiza bwe ari byo byamufashije kugera kuri ibi byose. Bamwe bavuga
ko byaba byaranamuteye ubwibone, ariko nta cyabigaragazaga.

Ubwe arivugira ati: "Ntibikabe ko nakwirata ko nshobora kubwiriza
ikivunge cy’abantu ku mbaraga zanjye! Mbese njyewe ndi iki? Umukungugu
n’ivu ... . Ariko muri njye no muri bagenzi banjye harimo umuriro, ari
nawo wari muri Yesu Kristo igihe yagendaga muri iyi si. Tugenda twereka
abantu ishusho ye, kwihangana kwe, urukundo rwe rutagira akagero, ... .
Nagaruka azaduha ubwiza mu isi."

Mbere y’uko uyu Mwongerezakazi Catherine Booth ava mu gihugu
cy’Ubufaransa ngo ajye gutangiza umurimo mu Buholande, yaravuze ati:
"Ubufaransa bufite abantu utasanga ahandi ku isi, barangwa n’imbaraga,
kugira ubuntu, n’ubushobozi bwo gukurikirana kugeza ubwo bumvise ibyo
bigishijwe. Iki gihugu kirimo ukuri, barwanya ikibi bivuye inyuma, ntawe
ushobora kubakoma imbere... Kuvuga ko badakunda ubutumwa bwiza byaba
ari ukubeshya, ahubwo bakeneye ubw’ukuri."

Icyigisho cya Catherine Booth