MATANA NEWS  
January
, 2006
                      


The Christmas period began with a sad event followed by exciting ones.
 


ARCHBISHOP SAMUEL SINDAMUKA WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD

December 18th 2005


The first Primate of the Episcopal (now Anglican) Province of Burundi died on December 18th at the age of 77. For the whole Anglican Church (especially our Diocese) and the bereaved family, it was a time of mourning but especially of remembering his great achievements and of praising God for his long service. In fact, Most Rev. Samuel SINDAMUKA worked hard for both the Church and the Government. As well as his great spiritual and development work within the Anglican Church, he is the one who fought with the colonial government for the admission of some of the Protestant Churches to Burundi . He left a memorable name in the former “Alliance of Protestant Churches in Burundi ” now CNEB (National Council of Churches in Burundi ). He also began the Scripture Union and gave the land to build the current offices. As far as politics is concerned, before he joined the work and ministry in the church,  Archbishop SINDAMUKA had been one of Prince Louis Rwagasore’s closest companions in fighting for independence. He will mostly be remembered for his love for the Gospel. We shall miss his smile.

May he rest in eternal peace.


CHRISTMAS TIDE

As known, Christmas opens with a period of preparation and expectation (Advent) to welcome the Anointed Baby, Saviour of the World, and to await His Return. Throughout our Diocese, Christmas festivities were marked by long meditations on Christians’ lives as they begin the New Year. Many promised to live a more godly life in 2006. What makes a Christian different from other people, especially in these days of rebuilding our country and our communities?


MULDP SEMINAR


The Mothers’ Union Literacy and Development office held its 4th Facilitators’ Training Seminar in January. The seminar was well run and the new Facilitators promised to start a race with the existing ones! 36 Literacy Circles are now up and running. 


MATANA INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY


MIT warmly welcomed Rev. William Challis, one of the founders 20 years ago, to teach for 2 weeks and Soul MAGURA who was an inspiration to the Young People while he was here.


ORDINATION SERVICE


On January 29th , the Diocese had the joy of ordaining 25 Deacons and 2 Priests in St. Peter’s Cathedral at Matana. Rev. Pascal BIGIRIMANA, the outgoing Provincial Secretary preached a challenging sermon to the newly ordained from John 9:10-16 on the importance of keeping the mysteries that are entrusted to them by God. He warned them not to join the Ministry as job-seekers but to see it as a God-given task; not to seek for their own esteem but to work for God’s honour; not to work as hired men and women but as Good Shepherds who follow Jesus’ example. 
We are grateful to the Botteley Trust and St Andrew’s Church, Kinson who enabled the Diocese to give each ordained pastor a new bike.




ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS (PLWA) & ORPHANS

The Department to Combat HIV/AIDS has given goats to 10 families and basic food supplies to last for a month to 60+ families of PLWA and orphans. Thanks to the loving generosity of ordinary people in the UK, about 80 families have been helped so far. This distribution of goats and food is a sign of encouragement to those struggling with bereavement or with AIDS, that life is still worth living. 


TRAINING THE TRAINERS HIV/AIDS WORKSHOP

At the end of January, the Diocese welcomed Dr. Richard and Mrs Prilla Rowland (from the Judah Trust) with a colleague from Rwanda, Eric Singirankabo, to lead a devotional workshop on HIV/AIDS. It was attended by 30 members from each Archdeaconry in the Diocese and included pastors, leaders of women's work and of youth work. The 3-day workshop provided an excellent resource that was both informational and transformational.


PRAISE & PRAYER 


·        For the newly ordained who have all been appointed to new parishes

·        For the new babies to different families on the hill

·        For the visit of Rev. Pat and Mrs Pam Brooks from now until April

·        For Flavia Sindamuka and the family in their bereavement

·        For those who are dying throughout Burundi from generalised famine because of prolonged drought

 

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