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New Diocesan Partnership Bearing Fruit
October 16, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Diocese of Ysabel is starting to reap the benefits of its partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Gouldburn in Australia, six months after a pact was made.

In April this year the two dioceses signed a partnership contract from which thye both hoped to benefit

Last week a nine-member team from the Australian diocese, led by Fr Ian Lambert, a Rector at Batemans Bay parish, arrived at the at the Ysabel Diocesan Headquarters at Jejevo and got into action.

They are running a number of training programmes for clergy, diocesan workers and the Rural Training Centre students.

The programme includes a workshop with clergy, deacons and theological students at Tasia Training Centre, basic computer training for clergy and Garanga Rural Training Centre students, Bible study and literature with the Mothers? Union and practical trainings on the use of electrical power tools for carpentry and plumbing work for diocesan workers.

The team also visited Barasile Primary School and Nareabu village, where they enjoyed cultural shows put on for them. Fr Lambert described the partnership as a "journey together in Christ". He said he would very much want to bring more people to see more about the universal Church.

The diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Richard Naramana, also expressed gratitude for the visit and what has been done so far at the start of what is hoped will become a relationship that will be cherished for a long time to come.

The Rt Revd Allan Ewing, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Canberra and Gouldburn, visited Ysabel in April this year, when he signed a partnership deal with Bishop Richard Naramana. Bishop Ewing was then accompanied by Fr Lambert, who has now returned with members of his diocese to add flesh to that partnership.