Roofs, worship and bears

Bukavu_diocese__5_ Posted by bukavu 2016 on Mon, 25 Apr 2016 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

On Thursday we visited Panzi parish where Tynan, Aghavilly and Middletown parishes provided funding to put a corrugated roof on the new church building which opened in October 2015. We were very warmly welcomed to this church. We then travelled with Bishop Bahati to Cahi Kabuge church as our group of parishes had also provided funding to put a new roof on the church there. We had heavy rain on our way to this church and because of mud roads we could only get so far and had to park Bishop Bahati’s vehicle and walk to the church gathering mud on our shoes and feet as we walked.

It was a challenging experience but well worth the effort as we joined in to worship with the folks who had come to welcome us in their new church. After one verse of ‘How great thou art’ in Swahili we were able to identify the hymn and join in with the worship. It gave us a beautiful sense of being part of the Anglican church worldwide.

Our group of parishes had also provided additional funding to buy bicycles for some of the clergy in Bukavu Diocese as they were walking for hours from one church to the other. We were able to see the bicycles that had been purchased with the money from our parishes. I have taken photographs of the two churches I have just mentioned and also of the bicycles to share when we get home.

We spent time on Thursday with the ladies from the Bukavu branch of the Mothers’ Union. The ladies have sewing machines and make clothing for ladies, men and children. This helps them to make a small income to support themselves. Ann spent time showing them how to crochet teddy bears known as the Wordless Bear the colours of which have a Christian message. The ladies were very excited to see how the gospel could be explained to children in such a simple way. Ann was able to give the bishop’s wife the pattern in French and the women were delighted.

We thank God that we have been given this opportunity to share and experience what it is like to live in Bukavu and we pray that God will richly bless Bishop Bahati and the people of Bukavu Diocese.


Rev Matthew Hagan is part of a small Mission Experience Team Abroad (META) visiting Bukavu Diocese in DR Congo. You can read their other blog updates here.


Roger Thompson said Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:22AM
Great to read this Matthew - praying that the rest of your visit goes well.
Eleanor Graham said Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:37PM
Hi both glad all going well with you all fine here

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