|RESTORING HOPE THROUGH ASSISTANCE, CONSULTATION of ANGLICAN BISHOPS in DIALOGUE, and OTHER NEWS
EAB PRESS 140611-1
June 11, 2014
[EAB Press - Burundi] RESTORING HOPE THROUGH ASSISTANCE
The survivors of the floods that caused damage in Gatunguru in the northern part of Bujumbura four months ago have received financial help from the Anglican Church of Burundi in association with the National Council of Churches and Act Alliance.
With great joy those who got the assistance said that their hope was restored because they had had no means to generate even the smallest income in order to rehabilitate their houses and begin to rebuild their lives. They aim to start small businesses, to get their children back into school to continue their studies and to re-start agricultural activities following their fields being washed away.
In addition the Anglican Church of Burundi with support from Episcopal Relief and Development supplied iron sheets to Gasenyi Parish where houses were destroyed by the flood.
Beneficiaries said that they are touched by the kindness shown by the Church and encouraged to see that they have friends abroad who care for them and support them in their sorrows. As their church building was also damaged the Parish decided to give some of the iron sheets to repair it.
TRAINING WORKSHOP for the FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA
The Health Department of the Province recently organised a training workshop for 70 pastors representing all the dioceses.
This workshop has been considered crucial to a new strategy for fighting against malaria. Pastors will help to mobilise people to respond to the campaign to fight malaria through the distribution of mosquito nets from the beginning of June.
They will also assist with sensitizing people about malaria that still causes more deaths in Burundi and other parts of the world than any other disease. This will include ensuring the appropriate use of nets, stressing the need to get medical advice promptly, controls against mosquitoes and greater general awareness about the disease.
It is estimated that in Africa one child dies from malaria every 35 seconds. Children under 5 years and pregnant women are most at risk.
According to the representative of Burundi’s Public Health Ministry who was present at the workshop the main challenges that Burundi is facing are an increase in malaria, lack of funds, and ignorance about malaria among people still living in extreme poverty.
He mentioned that the Public Health Ministry recognises the efforts and contribution made over several years by the Anglican Church of Burundi to the reduction of malaria in the country.
CONSULTATION of ANGLICAN BISHOPS in DIALOGUE
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi and the Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi attended the fifth meeting of the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue that was held in Coventry, England from 22-25 May 2014.
The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue facilitates dialogue between Anglican bishops from Africa and North America in order to deepen understanding their different contexts and to seek healing and reconciliation for the Anglican Communion.
The Consultation focused specifically on approaches to reconciliation and becoming a reconciling community. As the statement produced says,
“God has well-supplied us with gifts necessary to answer our call to be people of reconciliation. In spite of many failures to live this out, reconciliation remains foundational to our identity and experience from our earliest days. We have come to see the challenges of our present life as being less a failure of our life together than an opportunity to live out the truth of what we have been called to be.”
CMS IRELAND CELEBRATES 200th ANNIVERSARY
The central event of the anniversary celebrations was the Changing Times Conference held on the 15-16th May 2014 attended by the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Rev. Canon Seth Ndayirukiye, and Rev Joseph Kimararungu.
The programme included worship, sharing, teaching and discussion as well as thanksgiving for the past 200 years and an opportunity to ask for God’s blessing on the future.
The Archbishop gave the main address in which he said, “Each of us is called to use our skills for God’s glory, in the service of others. We need to open our hands and our hearts so that we can be instruments of change in the world.”
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