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Apolo2/Musa 2017 mission report
Michael and I want to thank Almighty God for the opportunity to serve and love our brothers and sisters in Africa.
We spent our time living with, teaching, and learning from our African brothers and sisters. We can't wait to return next year.
Unlike other Anglican groups, which give to or for the people, the Anglican Mission works with our brothers and sisters, and teaches that for which the AMiA Partner Bishops ask.
Thank you to ACOW for its donations to Tanzania, and specifically to Bishop Vithalis, for his new diocese of Biharamulo - albs, stoles, candles, chalices, paten, host, wafers, altar cloth and purificators, toothbrushes and paste.
Thank you to those who donated to us personally.
My technical support (a/k/a Michael) said the pictures are too large to send individually, and that the easiest way to share them is as a powerpoint.
Link to the Power Point presentation:
Below are the captions for the photos in this PowerPoint:
1. Kigali hotel - where we all met as we flew in from different U.S. cites.
2. The Kigali Genocide Memorial - Joy Kolini, daughter of the Archbishop, took us there and around - her insights were priceless; these are pictures of the eternal flame; the amphitheatre, where, each year, memorial and teaching performances are staged, to remind and teach; and, the 23rd anniversary banner (there is one every year) with the same words: "Remember, unite, renew".
3. Here, our driver is packing up the truck for the 3-4 hour journey to the Tanzanian border.
4. The Ngara hotel (where we stayed for our time in Kagera diocese - no running water for 3 nights! - no problem).
5. On our way to now Bishop Vithalis's consecration, we experienced a flat tyre and big nail - swiftly changed by Fr. Bob Kelley and driver Robson.
6. Here is a picture of a 16 wheeler truck which went through the crash barrier and over the edge.
7. Bp. Vithalis's consecration in the new diocese of Biharamulo - tremendous celebration, including much singing and dancing (there are videos on Margaret's Facebook page).
8 Pre-consecration - Bishops Aaron and Sospeter, and Bishop-to-be Vithalis.
9 At the consecration, Grace, Bishop Vithalis's young daughter, sat with Michael for quite some time.
10 Bishop Aaron is here handing over part of his diocese of Kagera to Bishop Vithalis of Biharamulo.
11 Bishop Vithalis and wife Monicah.
12 Tanzanian Archbishop Jacob, in the centre, with other bishops, including AMiA Bishop Kevin (Donlon), and members of the Anglican Mission teaching team, including Michael and me.
13 Michael presenting on the Holy Spirit to the assembled Tanzanian leaders from four dioceses - Kagera, Kibondo, Biharamulo, and Lweru.
14 Margaret presenting on the Impact of the Promises in the Baptismal Covenant, including Preparation for Baptism and breakdown of each promise (I'd prepared for the Nicene Creed, faith and belief and God the Father, on which I discussed some questions on God the Father, but life in Africa is fluid, and one has to be able to change!).
15 Michael using his other gifts and talents (with Bishop Sospeter's computer) and will be helping more with the Kibondo website.
16 More teaching (Frs. Don Curran and David Brookman with attendees).
17 The group of AMiA team members and attendees.
18 The Ngara secondary school (Margaret has offered Skype teaching here).
19 The secondary school's chemistry laboratory.
20 The Ngara primary school (where Margaret is working on teaching English by Skype - in contact since our return, and have received a positive response from the headmaster).
21 A map of Tanzania drawn by the children.
22 The Ngara health centre.
23 Michael and Margaret at the Ngara health centre, with Burundi in the background.
24 This is a water storage container (water is a huge issue, there being very little running water, so most is carried in big yellow plastic containers).
25 These are the outfits made by Youth Director David Kibenza's wife, Ilena from material given to Margaret as a gift here, from someone for whom she has been praying since last year).
Father Cass Daly - A Loving Farewell
In honor of the recent retirement of our beloved Fr. Cass, a tribute page
has been set up in this church website.
It is accessible by clicking the button below, or a similar button on the home page.
We hope you enjoy reliving this moving but beautiful occasion.
Baptism of Elijah Swanson, May 14, 2017
May our loving God bless and keep Elijah and his devoted parents, Brent and Wendy.
Nichole Hyde, will you marry me?
Blessings and congratulations to the happy couple.
Easter and First Communion, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday was a joyous - and busy - occasion this year, as we combined it with a play and the First Communion of some of our young people.
The children carried banners at the head of the processional in and out as part of the service. They then performed a play called "Were You There" (when
they crucified our Lord). They proceeded behind the clergy and then performed the play before the service began. The children had been practicing
for weeks and were terrific! (Many thanks to the parents that worked with them at home to prepare.) After the play, they went out to Sunday School, removed
their costumes and got back into their 1st Communion wear. (jackets and ties etc.) When they returned from Sunday School they participated in the communion service.
A huge and heartfelt thank you to Miss Jenny for her hard work with our precious children.
After the service, and photos with families, the children enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt, organized by Pastor Jim and Paula. The congregation
thanks them, and also David Rosario (the Hesfords' son-in-law) for a new ambry (for reserve sacrament).
Lenten Water Project, 2017
On Sunday, Feb 26, 2017, Fr. Cass announced that we would be undertaking a Lenten Project, aimed at helping provide clean drinking water to some of the many, many people around the world, and in Africa in particular. He explained that in some areas clean water is very scarce, and a small local well would alleviate much suffering in those area. To this end, paper bags with hearts on them were distributed, and the congregation would be saving spare change (paper bills will also be fine), and at Easter will be forwarding the funds to those in the greatest need. A wonderful Lenten project, which we will all support.
Valentines Day - February 12, 2017
Once again Miss Jenny worked her magic with the children. The congregation was delighted to see our wonderful young people march into church with a banner which says "God Is Love". We thank Miss Jenny for her devotion to our precious children.
Baraka! – “Blessing” in Swahili - February 5, 2017
We, as a Parish, were blessed by the arrival of Bishop Aaron (a Partner Bishop) from Tanzania. Bishop Aaron visited South Florida from Feb. 1 – 5th and had a chance to get a taste of life in this part of the U.S.A. Bishop Aaron was with us for Church Service on Sunday, Feb. 5th, 2017, and was preaching.
Regrettably, illness kept Fr. Cass from joining the festivities, but Fr. Tim and Deacon Flo showed the Bishop our love and hospitality. Immediately after the service we had a Pot Luck Lunch and Reception in the Parish Hall, which included a cake decorated with the Tanzanian flag. The event was greatly enjoyed by all.
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