Friday, 24 May 2013

Camping, Catechists and Cathedrals

Dear all,

We had a lovely holiday at Easter camping  in Bagamoyo with our good friends the Jones family, Mission partners from Australia. We also enjoyed Isaac’s 7th birthday whilst we were there and were also joined for the day by the Ayling family from Dar so it was a good celebration. The pictures show the boys on the beach and Isaac with his good friend Hudson opening his first present, with our tent in the background.


Shortly after Easter we had a lovely weekend in Singida where our friend Musa Njagamba was commissioned as a Catechist in the Anglican church. We had a lovely time with him and his family. The pictures show us relaxing beside Singidani lake, and the Njagamba family during the commissioning service. Pray for him and his family as they develop their ministry in Singida and all over Tanzania.

After many months of rehearsals we have finally made a recording with our English language choir “St. John’s Gospel Singers”. We are now waiting for the CD to be produced. We had a great time doing the recording project and enjoyed great fellowship with the group. The first picture shows the whole choir and the others show rehearsals in our garden and the sopranos in the studio.

Christine is settling in to her new role as Mission and Evangelism co-ordinator at the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Work is proceeding slowly due to lack of resources but we are planning a gathering of representatives from all the dioceses later in the year so that we can begin to plan together and also to provide much needed training for diocesan co-ordinators. We are also preparing for a month long music and worship school which will take place in August as a follow up to last year’s school which we ran through the youth department. Please see the links above to my new work blog and also to my new just giving page. I would be very grateful if you are able to support my work through this page and would be grateful for your prayers as I try to develop this work.

On Saturday 18th May the new archbishop of Tanzania, Most Rev. Jacob Chimeledya was enthroned. The service was a huge affair. Christine and the rest of the staff from her office were responsible for the organisation of the event which was hard work but the event went very well. The Archbishop of Canterbury was also present and the president of Tanzania was the guest of honour. Around 3000 people attended. The lucky few hundred were able to be in Dodoma cathedral whilst the rest were outside watching the proceedings on large TV screens. The first picture shows the new archbishop of Tanzania with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Dodoma airport, and the second shows the archbishop of Tanzania signing to make the enthronement official and legal in the Cathedral. We praise God that the event was joyful and peaceful. Below is a video clip of the reception of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Dodoma airport (link to you tube)

With love and blessings,
Christine, Paul, Daniel and