Congo trip update

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undefinedBishops Libby and Keith have returned from their visit to our fellow Christians in the Diocese of Aru, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gill and Mark Brown, from Upton parish in Wirral, are also safely back home.

The visit took place from the 9th to 21st of this month (November) and involved celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the Diocese of Aru in Congo, with which the Diocese of Chester is linked. We are also linked with the African country’s Diocese of Boga.

One of the many blessings of the visit was an extended time with Bishop William of Boga diocese, reports Bishop Keith, and time spent with some of the leaders from Bunia, including those from the university.

Bishop Keith added: “I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the three days of intensive celebration, culminating in an open air service on Friday (Aru diocese’s 10th anniversary) which lasted from 9am to 3.30pm without a break in the presence of between 3,000 and 5,000 people. It was incredibly moving.

"Bishop Libby being there was simply fantastic and will take the whole diocesan link to a new stage. The welcome she received was, I think, far more than we could have asked for or imagined.”

After the celebrations were concluded on the Friday, Bishop Libby preached at the confirmation on the Sunday with Bishop William of Boga presiding. Gill and Mark from Upton parish, were visited a number of IPASC projects and prepare for two very important meetings about the future. There was a great sense of answered prayer. IPASC is the community health organisation founded by the late and very fondly-remembered Revd Pat Nixon of Upton parish.

Pictured ABOVE ... Bishops Keith and Libby with Gill and Mark Brown of Upton parish, Wirral, and the IPASC team in Congo

BELOW .... Bishops Libby and Keith processing to the service of celebration with Bishops Ande and Isingoma

BOTTOM ... Bishops Libby and Keith at the border control in Congo