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Kagera Bishop's Lent Appeal 2019

14 April 2019

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Throughout Lent our Benefice has had a collection in both churches to raise money for this worthwhile appeal, if you haven’t already done so there is still time to contribute – but hurry!

On the 5thSunday of Lent at Holy Innocents’ we had a Benefice service and welcomed Chris and Anji Dawkins to give us a flavour of Africa.  Kagera Diocese is part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania and is situated in the north west of the country.  The Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich has been supporting Kagera for 25 years and Chris and Anji were able to show us slides illustrating the tremendous progress that has been made with the Theological College, schools and churches, migrating from mud huts into permanent weather tight buildings. They gave us a flavour of their worship with prayers and hymns and even a quick lesson in three lines of Swahili.  The end of each pew was adorned with colourful African dress to add to the occasion, we did clap, but declined the dance, oh! And the service didn’t last for 3 hours, Phew! Just to think, that one of the trainee Pastors has to get up at 5am each time to walk the 10 miles to Theology College to make sure he is there on time.  Their commitment to the 241 churches in Kagera Diocese needs our support and we are grateful for all those who generously contributed.

The vision of Kagera Diocese is ‘Life in its fullness” (John 10:10) and through the link we can help them achieve it.

Bwana uturehemu!  (lord have mercy)

Kristo uturehemu!  (Christ have mercy)