The final update

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SUN 26 JULY
Worshipped this morning at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Gitega. Warmly welcomed and we did a short drama in the form of the chicken sketch which the congregation and in particular the children found very amusing. Bobbie then spoke and several members of the congregation including many young men opened their hearts to the Lord in response to her address and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. In the afternoon the Gitega team took us for a guided tour of some old tribal villages as guided by the Local Chief (we hadn’t a clue what he was saying but he was certainly a storyteller) followed by a feast of drumming from the local professional Gitegan drummers. Different to the display by the Matana drummers but every bit as enjoyable. However the 3 ’Masungo’ - Victor, Alastair and John who joined them in the latter part of the display were not offered full time contracts. We then had our evening meal at the Bishop’s house and met all his family. A very enjoyable evening
 
MON 27
Went to 3 different church plant sites and worshipped with the various groups. It was extremely challenging and exciting to see how the Church was growing, We then went to the local Diocesan Offices and received some gifts from the Gitegan partners. This was followed by a meal with all the partners and some Burundian and Irish folk songs were sung. Ann also was presented with a full Burundian dress and looked a treat.
 
TUES 28
Travelled from Gitega to Bujumbura. Gorgeous scenery along the way. Settled into KCC and went to Emmanuel’s (the proprietor of the Santa Julia) for supper. Very enjoyable evening.
 
WED 29
Had a meeting with Archbishop Bernard and his staff at the Diocesan Offices and learnt some more info about their plans for the future. In the afternoon we met with REMA ministries and were briefed on their role and mission within Burundi concerning refugees and the internally displaced. Very harrowing at times and hard to take in the scale of the problems but for the grace of God. Came back to the Hotel
 
THURS 30
Fairly relaxed day with some light shopping and dinner with the Archbishop and family in evening. 
 
FRI 31
Saying goodbye to all Diocesan staff and spent some time at the beach
 
Travelling early tomorrow morning with Belfast ETA approx 12.30pm Sun 2nd. Everyone looking forward to seeing their families and the CMS crew…