Western Tanganyika, Tanzania

Children outside a school

The people of Western Tanganyika are eager to spread the Christian faith and share the Good News across the area, with many coming forward for ordination. But conditions for those called to ordained ministry can be tough.

Priests in Africa are rarely given an agreed stipend for their work, but instead rely on donations from their parish for survival. Those called to ordination often have to seek overseas sponsorship. Money is needed to provide bicycles for pastors and their wives so they are able to reach the most isolated and vulnerable Christians.

History of the Diocese of Tanganyika

This Diocese was established in 1966 and is the largest diocese (geographically) within the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The Church here in Africa is blessed with a strong faith.

Although the people have few financial resources to share with the Church, they give freely of their time and labour to build places of worship for their community. Church buildings are often built of straw by local people, who struggle to find funding for roofing. The buildings overflow with large congregations of faithful Christians who meet to worship together regularly. Over 30 new churches were opened in the Diocese during the Jubilee celebrations in 2016.

Our partnership involvement is very active. We continue to support the building of new Diocesan High School-  the Bishop Makaya High School; the development of new health clinic facilities at Mubanga; and we sponsor ordinands in their training at the Diocesan theological college. Students and staff of All Saints Academy in Cheltenham are preparing for their second trip in July this year.

Contact the link officer, the Revd Helen Sammon, vicar@highnamchurch.org

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