Visit to Melanesia October 2015

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undefinedTwo members of our diocesan Melanesian Link Barbara Molyneux and Ruth Chesworth (PICTURED) will fly out to the Solomon Islands next month (5 October) to attend the Great Conference of the Melanesian Brotherhood.

The conference is held every four years. The upcoming event is the first to be held since the neighbouring territories suffered from the effects of Cyclone Pam earlier this year.

Barbara and Ruth will hear all that’s been going on mission-wise and in other ways for the brotherhood in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The Diocese of Chester has a long-standing link with the (Anglican) Church of Melanesia.

Barbara said: “We will be sharing and learning with the brothers, and with the Melanesian Sisters. It will be a particular pleasure to renew friendships with the four brothers who were sponsored to gain degrees in theology at the University of Chester.

“The brothers were sponsored by our diocese and by the Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood, of which there are 50 members in our diocese.”

After the conference, Barbara and Ruth will visit the province of Temotu in the Solomon Islands. Temotu is close to Vanuatu – the area damaged by Cyclone Pam earlier this year.

More than 60,000 people across Vanuatu were left homeless by the cyclone, and 17 people died.

Donations from around the world have helped local rebuilding. Much progress has already been made. The Church of Melanesia has expressed its gratitude to our diocese for the donations received.