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MATANA NEWS  
August
, 2006
Diocese of Matana, Eglise Anglicane du Burundi, DS 30, Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa

Matana News shall focus on the events that aroused gladness in our Diocese and include the following:
  • the Youth Camp; 
  • the visit of the Mustard Seed to Matana; 
  • the graduation at Matana Theological Institute; 
  • visitors; 
  • TEE
THE YOUTH CAMP took place on August 3-6 and was the most reviving event of this year! The convention, intended for 1000 people, surprisingly gathered more than 4000 each day. The teaching was around the theme “Be transformed and transform others” Romans 12:1-2.

This theme met the vision of our Diocese to see a wholly transformed and reconciled society, locally as well as nationally.
The national and expatriate preachers who were invited really made the crowd, especially the youth, determined to go and make a difference in the local community. Taking into consideration people’s hunger and thirst to hear the Word of God, the youth office has written an evaluation of the impact of the convention so as to plan for further youth gatherings. 

The national and expatriate preachers who were invited really made the crowd, especially the youth, determined to go and make a difference in the local community. Taking into consideration people’s hunger and thirst to hear the Word of God, the youth office has written an evaluation of the impact of the convention so as to plan for further youth gatherings. 
We appreciate their achievement as they keep visiting the Dioceses. We had a wonderful time with them when they came to Matana on July 29th. Our Archbishop encouraged them to continue seeking others and exhort them to receive Jesus Christ and thus fight for the honour of the Church and of Christian homes
GRADUATION AT MATANA THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE took place on July 6th when 5 students (3 from Matana Diocese and 2 from Makamba Diocese) graduated. It was an opportunity to thank Rev. Roger Bowen and Martin Philipps for their great support in keeping the students busy and knowledgeable, though there is still a lack of sufficient staff. 
Our thanks, also, to Caroline Seed who came from Rwanda and gave invaluable advice about the organisation of the library and the school board promised to build a larger library in the near future.
  THE VISITS. The Diocese of Matana has been blessed by the presence of many visitors. We are grateful for the arrival of Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner and his wife, Annette who is also a pastor, and his children Hannah and Isaac. Ephraim is a former Director of the Matana Theological Institute.  

Other visitors included Lindy and Amy Bladen and a team from ‘Signposts’ in UK under the auspices of Francois Nitunga of REMA ministries. These visitors blessed our Youth Camp by their presence, their testimonies and their exhortations.
TEE (Theological Education by Extension) in the Diocese was able to encourage 2 groups who had finished training. The group in Timbura parish received a small herd of goats from which to produce manure and start a breeding programme and a group in Matana parish received a set of woodwork tools to set up a workshop.

PRAISE & PRAYER

  • For the blessings of the Youth Convention and pray with us that we may apply the Gospel in daily community life
  • For our Diocesan office which is going through a major restructuring
  • For the growth of our Diocese and insight as to how to achieve this
  • For our Bishop, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi in his many commitments, especially during the dry season which is the time of confirmation in many parishes
  • For the leaders of our Government

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