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Congratulations to new Rwandan bishop, Five Talents launched, Flame Internationl Conference, and others news
 
EAB PRESS 100415-1
April 15, 2010

[EAB Press - Burundi] CONGRATULATIONS

The Archbishop, the Most Rev, Bernard Ntahoturi, accompanied by a delegation from the Province attended the consecration of Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda as coadjutant Bishop of Shyira diocese, Rwanda. In his sermon the Rt. Rev. Pie Ntukamazina, Bishop of Bujumbura, reminded the new Bishop from John 21 that, being known by God, he is called to lovingly tend God’s sheep wherever and however they are.

FIVE TALENTS LAUNCHED

Mothers’ Union literacy programme trainers and workers from each of the dioceses recently received training from Five Talents International in partnership with Mothers’ Union UK in business skills and establishing savings groups. It is hoped that over the next three years more than 300 savings groups will be started particularly in most vulnerable communities that participated in the literacy programme.
For further information: www.fivetalents.org

FLAME INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Buye and Matana dioceses welcomed a team from Flame International at the beginning of March for a conference for pastors from the respective dioceses along with some from other churches. In the context of teaching on various aspects of forgiveness and healing, participants were able to receive and share prayer ministry in order to be better equipped to minister to others.
The Province looks forward to hosting further conferences later in the year.

ORDINATIONS

Six deacons and six priests were ordained in Bujumbura diocese at the end of February. The Archbishop and other visiting clergy attended the service along with Burundi’s first Vice President, Dr. Yves Sahinguvu, who congratulated those being ordained and reminded them of the importance of the role of the Church in the country. In his sermon the Bishop of Muyinga, the Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana, referred to the significance of God’s call to ministry at this particular time in the history of Burundi and of the Church.

NEWS IN BRIEF
 Anglican Peace and Justice Network – Bishop Eraste Bigirimana attended the triennial meeting in Geneva in March that considered issues of human rights and the promotion of peace and justice throughout the world.

 Anglican Centre in Rome – the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Pedaculi Birakengana, attended a course designed to explore the nature and challenges of leadership in the church today.

 Religions for Peace – the Archbishop and Claudette Kigeme, who represented the Women of Faith Network in Burundi, recently attended the 3rd Great Lakes Inter-Religious Network Dialogue Forum held in Rwanda on the theme of advancing shared security through multi-religious collaboration in the region.

 NetsforLife Round Table in Malawi – Mathias Nkurunziza, coordinator of health programmes, participated in the review of the work being done in malaria prevention and ways to integrate it with other programmes undertaken by Church and Government.

 ERD projects – Danielle Tirello was welcomed by the Province at the end of February. She visited Muyinga and Buye dioceses in order to monitor and evaluate HIV/AIDS and Development projects supported by ERD.

Forthcoming event:
The diocese of Gitega will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 15th August 2010. Bishop John Nduwayo will also celebrate 25 years as Bishop of the diocese.

1935 - 2010 The Anglican Church in Burundi celebrating 75 years Psalm 126:3