News from our link with Masasi - December 2014

Masasi1214Following on from Bishop Patrick's retirement last year, I am delighted to confirm that in July, the people of Masasi elected James Almasi to be their next Bishop. Bishop James was duly installed in September at a very well attended service. All of us who know James are delighted with his appointment as he is a long-time friend of the link here in Minchinhampton. He has often been our interpreter when we have visited Masasi especially helping with the HIV/AIDS conferences for the Mothers UnionThere is a proposed visit by Bishop James and his wife Veronica after Easter in 2015, subject to obtaining the appropriate visas. We hope that there will be an opportunity to provide Bishop James and Veronica with hospitality here in Minchinhampton. The last time he visited was many years ago with Christopher Wagstaff, former Archdeacon of Gloucester, when he attended evensong.

We learnt recently that the tractor that Minchinhampton sent out to Masasi in 2003 broke down at the end of last year and thanks to some funds sent by the Canadian supporters, it was repaired and is now working again, just in time to prepare the land for planting of their crops during November.

The school and seminary at Rondo is to be expanded to include a sixth form. The dormitory and class room for this are currently under construction. They will need some help with buying tin sheets to cover the roof and set up a rainwater collection system. These sheets cost about £18 each and they will need 150 sheets altogether.

The dispensary at Rondo has recently been rebuilt, funded by Dutch doctors, as the old one was in a bad state of repair. Minchinhampton Parish Church, helps by sending a gift over every year towards the staffing costs.

We are continuing to raise funds for the repair of the Chapel at Rondo and we again have notelets featuring different windows of the chapel, on sale at £5 for a pack of six. If you wish to purchase any notelets please telephone Linda or Stephen Jarvis 884545.