Diocese of Matana, Eglise Anglicane du Burundi, DS 30, Bujumbura, Burundi,
As we embark on this new- year ministry, we believe the
Almighty God will preserve our lives, enable us to
fulfil our commitment to proclaim the Good News and
continue making us genuine instruments of community
BUILDING A NEW CATHEDRAL: A
DREAM AND A CHALLENGE
We praise the blessed work of our very first
missionaries, Leonard Sharp and his friends, of building
a very nice church that was completed in 1939 and fitted
for a thousand people. Now that Matana congregation has
grown big, the church building, which has become Matana
Cathedral, no longer fits for the parishioners on
monthly gatherings. It gives us hard times in rainy and
sunny times. We thus need to build a new Cathedral that
fits for a larger congregation, and the planning for
this has already begun. The building of the new
cathedral will involve the whole diocese.
PLWHA CELEBRATION OF THE NEW
The people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) so far
identified in Matana surroundings celebrated the New
Year on 5th January, under the guidance of the diocesan
HIV and AIDS coordinator, Mme Eularie NDAYIRORERE.
Thirty-six people turned up and joyfully testified to
the goodness of the Lord for having preserved their
lives all along the year 2007, and especially for having
saved and gave them hope for eternal peace with God. As
one could notice, those PLWA are suffering but have real
peace of mind, even more than many of the non-infected
people who always hopelessly complain of other life
challenges. The celebration was enhanced by the presence
of the bishop and other diocesan staff members.
The Scripture Union Burundi, in collaboration with
Matana diocesan youth department, organised an
interdenominational Bible youth camp on 2 - 5 January,
which involved pupils from more than 70 secondary
schools of the south of our country, and some students
from the university. The 400 people of the 600 expected
attended the gathering and were given wonderful
teachings focused on discipleship, as a means not only
to make disciples for spreading the Gospel, but also to
be future good servants for their communities, churches
and the whole nation.
Matana diocese hosted our friends, Revd Pat &
Pam Brooks, from the UK, from February 7th to March
13th. They came with Anne Grimwood, a retired midwife.
We are glad to have Revd Pat healed because he was sick
last year. Moreover, he's still strong enough to serve
God. He taught at Matana Theological Institute, and Mrs
Pam Brooks continued her Good Samaritan work of giving
spectacles to aged people from all regions and
denominations. Before Pat's departure, the students at
Matana Institute had undoubtedly have got deep knowledge
about 1 & 2 Timothy. We were blessed their presence.
We were also honoured to welcome
our President in Matana Commune on 29th of February. He
worshiped in Matana Cathedral on Sunday 2nd of March. He
spoke to the congregation basing his message on John
15:7, and exhorted them to remain in Jesus and live
according to his Word, so we may be granted whatever we
shall ask for. He emphasised on the part of the Lord's
Prayer, which urges us to wholeheartedly forgive others
before asking God for forgiveness. This will harmonise
our social life, and be a solid foundation of truth,
peace and reconciliation, as we look forward to
discussing on the sad events our country went through,
the President concluded.
Visit of the President
PRAISES AND PRAYERS
For the spiritual life change, impact of
evangelical gatherings in our communities.
For the wedding of Miss Frédiane
NKUNZIMANA, a member of our diocesan staff, to Etienne
NIYOKINDI of Gitega Diocese. They met during their days at
Matana Theological Institute.
For the good harvest we hopefully shall
have this year.
For the remarkable reduction of hunger in
For the promise of the FNL, the remaining
rebel movement, to resume participation in the Peace Agreement
with the Government.
For the bereaved family of late Celestin
MBESHIMINWE, one of the deacons who was ready to be ordained
on 20th January, but passed away the week before. He left a
widow and 8 children.
For the sick, especially church ministers,
due to the kind of pandemic malaria that is raging in families
throughout the diocese
- For the retreat of pastors and their
spouses, which took place on 05-07 March, as the first-hand
implementation of the diocesan "focus on the family"
- For the forthcoming hard and long work of
building the new Cathedral
For the negotiations between the Government
and the FNL. We pray that both parties keep their
For the increasing number of thefts and
crimes all over the country.
For better conditions of welcoming more
than 200,000 returnees from Tanzania.