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New from the Diocese of Tarime


Posted: Dec 20, 2017

Bishop Anne has received the following e-mail message from Bishop Mwita from the Diocese of Tarime:

 

Dear +Anne,

Advent Greetings from Tarime!

Please be assured of my prayers as you navigate around your role as Bishop of Algoma.

Also be assured of my appreciation of the friendship and encouragement that my diocese and I receive from your Diocese.

As you might have heard me sharing in 2015 when I visited Algoma, Tarime is quite a small 'missionary' diocese in terms of its numerical size (just over 1,000 members in 27 congregations in 2010 when I started, and just over 4,000 in 51 congregations as at 31 Dec 2016).

The majority of our members are quite young in their Christian faith. They love the Lord and have come to church but take time to learn to serve him well.

So, apart from our necessary role in poverty reduction strategies through projects on food security, gender equity, education, clean water etc, evangelism and discipleship programs have remained major mission priorities of the Diocese. 

A major diocesan open air preaching event is going right now (see some pictures sent to me from the venue). I will grace the event on final day Sunday Dec 17. 

We hold these events three or four times a year. This is one of the methods that is still available to us in this continent to get new members each year. 

The preachers preach in the afternoons and in the mornings they become teachers of faith, helping the converts to get started in their Christian journey.

One major challenge in the area of teaching and discipling the converts is that a great majority of my clergy only have very basic theological education or none. Their formal education is also quite limited (mostly primary education with no written or spoken English).

It means therefore, that those I take to theological college can only do certificate in theology. Only a handful have done Diploma courses.

The first graduate in the diocese completed a theology degree in April 2017. The second one will finish his course in April 2018.

These and other challenges keep me on my toes. Equally they become very exciting opportunities in my episcopal ministry.

Please keep us in your prayers.

Wishing you, your family and the Diocese Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

+Mwita

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Bishop Mwita Akiri

Anglican Diocese of Tarime.

 



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