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ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN WELBY IN BURUNDI and other news.
 
EAB PRESS 140317-1
March 17, 2014

[EAB Press - Burundi] ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN WELBY IN BURUNDI
“RECONCILIATION IS NOT EASY BUT IT IS POSSIBLE”

The 1st February 2014 was a memorable day as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby and his wife Caroline Welby were warmly welcomed to Burundi by the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi.

The visit was part of Archbishop Justin’s plan to meet with all of his fellow Archbishops around the Anglican Communion in their Provinces during his first 18 months in office.

During his short visit Archbishop Justin met not only with Anglican Church leaders and other representatives from the Anglican Church but also with the First Vice President, Honorable Bernard Busokoza, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop, His Excellency Evariste Ngoyangoye.

In his sermon at a service of Holy Communion held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bujumbura, Archbishop Justin made an appeal to people for more commitment to reconciliation. He said reconciliation is like a seed which takes a long time to bear fruit. The people of Burundi, especially Christians, have to invest in love and patience with one another and work for reconciliation which enables them to live in sustainable peace.

Asked by members of the local media about his impression of national reconciliation Archbishop Justin said that since his previous visits to the country in 1994, Burundi has made significant steps towards restoring unity and peace between Burundians but that there is still more to be done. He called on people to maintain unity and respect for human rights both before and during the elections due in 2015.

RESPONDING TO DISASTER

The Anglican Church of Burundi is still assisting the flood disaster victims in the northern part of Bujumbura. Christians have been mobilised to contribute by providing food and clothes for people affected by the devastating storm that occurred on 9th February 2014.

Some Christians have been responding to the need by making monetary contributions and others by giving practical help outside the four camps established in three areas around the city.

The Diocese of Makamba joined Christians from Bujumbura and other organisations in providing food and charcoal for the victims. Christians meeting on one site in Kinama said that love and compassion preached have to be demonstrated in such situations by actions.

More than one hundred people were killed and 4000 houses were washed away. Many were injured. Many lost not only their homes but most or all of their possessions.

ANGLICAN UNIVERSITY OPENING SOON

Following a unanimous decision taken at a meeting of the House of Bishops and supported by the Provincial Synod held on 30th January 2014 it was decided that an Anglican University with a faculty to train undergraduate students in Pastoral Theology should be established.

The new initiative is being led by the Rev. Canon Donald Werner and it is hoped that support for it will come from around the worldwide Anglican Communion.

EAST AFRICAN REVIVAL CONFERENCE IN BURUNDI

The annual, three day East African Revival Conference was hosted at the end of February by the Anglican Church of Burundi. The conference is organised in the countries of East Africa to remember the revival movement that started in the 1930s in Gahini, Rwanda.

Attendees from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda gave testimonies about how their lives had been transformed by the Good News first preached by CMS missionaries.

On the theme of Romans 12:1-2 preachers, among them the Rt. Rev Nathan Kamusiime Gasatura, Bishop of Butare Diocese, Rwanda called for more commitment to transformation based on the Word of God and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Gasatura challenged the conference that giving up the patterns of the world requires more sacrifice than can be imagined. He added that the life to which a Christian is called to is worthy of that cost.

During the three days several people who attended the conference decided to commit their lives to Christ.

CONGRATULATIONS

The Staff of the Province warmly welcome the new Provincial Secretary Canon Seth NDAYIRUKIYE and wish him success in his new work and ministry.


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