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The Chinese-speaking womenís cell group at St Paulís Church
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Bishop Roger with some of the children at St Thomas' Church in Beau Bassin, Mauritius
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Bishop Roger with Revd Devton, the new Rector of St Paulís, and Mrs Devton
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Bishop Visits St Paul's Parish in Mauritius
By Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza
June 30, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza was pleased to hear that his former parish in Mauritius - St Paul's, Plaine Verte - has finally received a new rector, namely the Revd Devton from the Province of Southern Africa.

When Bishop Roger left Mauritius to become the third Bishop of Antsiranana Diocese, Archbishop Ian Ernest took over the responsibility of the Parish of St Paul. St Paul?s, which has one of the largest congregations of the diocese, is a charismatic evangelical church led by a faithful ministry team. It has a strong mission orientation, and the numbers continued to multiply even after the departure of Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza, who had ministered there for 20 years.

St Paul's Church is situated in the well-known Moslem suburb of Plaine Verte in Port Louis, where Moslems and Christians witnessed extreme mutual violence during the independence years around 1968. Many of the Christian families were forced to leave the area for security reasons, and the emptied church became run-down. However, it was revived as a mission church and structured into effective cell groups. As a result, a lively new multi-ethnic congregation emerged from the ashes.

When Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza paid a short visit to Mauritius in May, he was invited to lunch by a Chinese-speaking women?s cell group under the care of Mrs Noellie Cheng Kai On. At this lunch he met the Revd and Mrs Devton, a cross-cultural couple from South Africa.

The Archbishop of Mauritius, the Most Rev Ian Ernest, also invited Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza to preside over the two celebrations of Holy Communion on Sunday 13 May at St Thomas Church in Beau Bassin. The rector of that church, Archdeacon J Wong, is in Singapore on sabbatical leave studies.