Bramhall - Tanzania linkl 2014

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undefinedSt Michael's church, Bramhall, is enjoying its link with fellow Christians in Tanzania. The parish has been making modest financial contributions to Anglians in Newala, Tanzania, since starting up a mission partnership back in 2009. Bramhall parishioners are helping the relatively new Diocese of Newala, which was carved out of the huge Diocese of Masasi a few years ago.

Three parishioners made a two-week visit to Newala in 2010 to talk through how they could build friendships and help with diocesan and community development.

Bramhall parishioner and Tanzania Link member Keith Fenwick said: “Come 2013, it was time for more of our parishioners to see something of Tanzania. That meant more fundraising to help pay for the four youngsters (age 10 to 16) in the visit group – and the PCC generously helped with some of the costs. Twelve of us set out last August; most had not been to Africa before – and two had never been out of UK."

Keith himself was part of the trip, as was the Revd Anita Mathews and 10 others.

Keith said: “We all enjoyed the most exhilarating and rewarding experience of our lives. We were given a tremendous welcome everywhere we went – in Dar es Salaam, in Bagamoyo to the north (where Livingstone’s body rested before being sent back to UK), in Newala Diocese on the Tanzanian southern border where we spent two of our three weeks, and in Zanzibar where we spent our last three days based at the Anglican Cathedral Hostel while seeing the sights.

“We helped in two schools – teaching classes, running sports days, and helping build pupil toilets (a primary school for 1200 was without a single pupil toilet until our visit!). Everywhere we were welcomed with the most beautiful a capella singing.

“Each one of us had our own special experiences to bring back as lifetime memories, and all of us know we shared in a very special Christian experience – learning so much, and strengthening our own faith immeasurably. Since our return we have been sharing our experience with family, with friends and with our parish.

“We have brought many photographic memories back with us which have brought home to our church the realities and the delights of Christian life in Tanzania.

"Members of our group would be very happy to share our experiences, our slides and our thoughts with parishes, Mothers’ Union group and other organisations or interested groups across our diocese. If you would like an entertaining and thought-provoking talk please get in touch."

Email Keith Fenwick fenwickk@btinternet.com

Above – pupils from Lilungu Primary School with 19-year-old Stephen Harwood of St Michael’s parish. Stephen's an active member of the parish youth group. Stephen's mum and dad were also on the trip to Tanzania

Below – enjoying the fellowship of visitors from Bramhall. Youngsters at Lilungu Primary School