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The Revd Christopher Race from the Diocese of Canterbury, with an interpreter
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Prof Gareth Jones of the University of Christchurch
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The Revd MJ Befeno and a colleague in a Bible study
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Part of the group of evangelists attending the training
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Training of Evangelists for Effective Mission In Antsiranana Diocese
 
ANTSIRANANA 071130-1
November 30, 2007

30 November to 1 December 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Professor Gareth Jones and the Rev Christopher Race of the University of Christchurch travelled from the Diocese of Canterbury to lead the training of all the evangelists of the Diocese of Antisranana. Although the plane arrived very late at the Antsiranana Airport, the 125 evangelists of the Diocese waited to see the leaders of their training and expressed their immense joy with shouts of praise to God.

The new missionary and evangelism initiative launched by Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza has seen an increasing number of evangelists making themselves available for the extension of the work of mission and evangelism throughout the Diocese.

The training provided for the evangelists included the following topics:
1 The way of Christ.
2 the witness of Bernard Mizeki
3 The power of the Spirit and the power of the cross
4 Companionship with God
5 Being Church today
6 Ministry in the Church and in the world.

It is hoped that the training of evangelists will continue in the coming years, especially if the TEE program receives favourable support from Trinity Church, Wall Street. The TEE curriculum that was used in Mauritius will be translated into the Malagasy context for training of clergy and laity in the Diocese.

Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza was a founding member and tutor of the TEE-FBTM in Mauritius in 1987. The director and course writer of FBTM, Mr Gerard Florigny, visited the Diocese of Antsiranana twice to encourage the dissemination of the TEE FBTM in Northern Madagascar.

Prof Jones will also partner with the Diocese of Antsiranana for theological training, and a Pastoral and Theological Center is to be built adjacent to the Cathedral of St Matthew. Another training option that will be available in the Center is the Alpha Course.