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Part of the crowd of schoolchildren at the service
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More of the children
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Bishop Roger leading the service, next to the damaged church
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Surrounded by students form the Anglican school, Bishop Roger lays the foundation stone for the new church.
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Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza Lays the Foundation Stone of the New St Peter's Church in Ampanefena
By Bishop Roger Chung
 
ANTSIRANANA 071005-2
October 5, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Parish of Ampanefena is taking up the challenge to build a new church of St Peter after the damage caused by the past cyclones and the rotten wood made the building insecure. It is hoped that the new church will take two years to build, with generous funding arriving soon.

Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza took the short service to lay the foundation stone on 30 September 2007. All the students of St Peter's Anglican School were present to witness the beginning of this new construction, which will ultimately also be used as part of the school. The parish priest, Revd Anselme Rabevelo, and the Deacon, Revd Frank, who is the Director of the school, were motivated to arrange this service to coincide with the visit of Bishop Roger Jaomalaza. At the end, the children sang with great faith the national anthem of Madagascar.

There is great appreciation for the contribution made by the Ampanefena school to the field of education, especially since the need for more and better education in Madagascar is imperative for the desired development of the country. The school already has 1300 students at primary and secondary level.

Please pray that we will be able to complete this church in this part of the Diocese of Antsiranana with a socio -educational focus.

Homba anareo anie ny Tompo . . . and . . . pray for us.