Diocese of Matana, Eglise Anglicane du Burundi, DS 30, Bujumbura, Burundi,
Although times of sorrow still happen, the Diocese of
Matana goes on celebrating the goodness of the Lord, and
this has been one of the greatest moments of joy.
were glad to welcome our friends, William Challis and
Mrs Felicity Maclay, the former being one of the
lecturers of the old ‘’Ecole Théologique de
Matana’’, now the Theological Institute of the
Anglican Church of Burundi, and the latter, the wife of
Andrew Maclay, another former lecturer at the same
were followed by a team from the
(including Dr Carrie Miles, Mrs Patti, Revd Medad
Birungi and Pastor Frank), who came with teachings and
testimonies on the unity and fellowship that ought to be
between husband and wife, so as to ‘’rescue marriage
from the economics of a fallen world’’ .
teachings actually focused on the ‘’Redemption of
love’’, a book written by Dr Miles.
many teachings given and especially Medad’s testimony,
revitalised the new revival that began some months ago
within Matana Christian homes and church, especially
among the young people.
does not merely make people know each other, it implies
their intimacy and mutual support, which is the case
between our Diocese and its friends around the world.
a group of 36 people, composed of 8 pastors and 28
senior choir members, travelled to
, on 16 February. The journey was a witness to our long
standing friendship, and we had a wonderful time there.
Sunday service was honoured by the presence of the
Bishop of Kibungo Diocese, Rt Revd Josias SENDEGEYA, a
former member of Matana Diocese.
were glad to feel a deep spiritual warmth among the
people we visited.
But on speaking of friendship, we can’t go without underscoring
the sad news of separation, that is, the departure of our dear
friends, Revd Roger and Miranda Bowen, who returned home.
view of a ministry well done by the Bowens, Roger was made Canon
of St Peter’s Cathedral on 25 of March.
pray that God will continue to bless them in their future
Lent is known as a time when believers are challenged to ponder on
their response to the sacrificial work of Christ, our Diocese has
focused the paschal message on Isaiah 58, as a means to call each
and every one for a true fasting, especially in the
Can. Timothy NGENDANZI, one of the first converts (baptised in
1939) after the first CMS Missionaries came to Matana, went to be
with the Lord on March 17th, aged 85.
praise the Lord for Timothy’s ministry and will always remember
his genuine commitment to the Gospel and to the Body of Christ.
are requested for his widow Edyrose and family.
most churches, Palm Sunday is the opportunity for children to sing
‘’Hosanna’’ and meditate on Jesus’ Triumphal Entry in
on a donkey.
has been the case in Matana Cathedral, when all the children
gathered and celebrated Jesus’ majesty with their songs and
celebrations ended with a get-together party that was blessed by
the participation of our Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi.
PRAISES & PRAYERS
healing of Revd Pat Brooks
Revival in our Church
ministry well done by Revd Can. Roger and Mrs Miranda Bowen
believers, in their old age.
bereaved family of late Timothy NGENDANZI
Anglican Communion in all the struggles it is experiencing
bereaved, homeless, and disowned because of the heavy rain whose
aftermath is a terrible hunger, deaths and home destructions
hungry, and all Pastors/Church ministers running church ministry
in times of plight
completion of peace agreement between the Government and
PALIPEHUTU/FNL, the remaining fighting rebellion.