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The Rev Oliver Simon helps Bishop Chung and members of the congregation cut the ribbon.
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Dignataries at the opening of the hall.
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People in Immanuel Hall
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Immanuel Hall Inaugurated in Canterbury Educational Center
September 25, 2006

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Diocese of Antsiranana has now a new venue for its training facilities.

Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza, with the UK commissary of the diocese, the Revd Oliver Simon, and key leaders of St Matthew’s Cathedral of Antsiranana, inaugurated the new Immanuel Hall in the Canterbury Educational Center on Saturday 16th September. The Revd Oliver Simon is also the secretary of PIOSA, the Province of the Indian Ocean Support Association.

The emphasis on giving leadership in Biblical and theological training is imperative for ongoing mission and evangelisation.

The Governor of the Province of Antsiranana, Mr Jacky Tsiandopy, was present at the inauguration. He encouraged the Church to play a greater role in the development of the country of Madagascar. He has seen the opening of schools by the Anglican Church as a great blessing to the country.

The Mothers’ Union and the Ruth project for women’s empowerment were actively present on this opening day, as the building was initially an MU unfinished project. Theological Education by Extension, TEE, and the Alpha Course will be on the agenda of the activities of the new Immanuel Hall.

Immanuel means God is with us, and Bishop Roger said: “We believe that with Immanuel mighty things will be achieved to the glory of God.” This is the second Immanuel Hall that Bishop Roger Chung has inaugurated; his former parish of St Paul’s in Plaine Verte in Mauritius also has a hall of the same name.