Saturday, February 12, 2011
Bishop Kwangu and his wife Mary took Fr Francis and Brother Nathan southwest across the bay and through the valleys for around 100 kilometers to the town of Geita, where Fr. Francis was to teach for two weeks at Christ the King Anglican Church in the center of the town. It has been decided that Geita will become a separate diocese in the future and the teaching fosters that goal.
Geita has many churches and few clergy. Most of the churches are led by evangelists, commissioned to lead the churches and the Sunday services. They do much more than just preach the Word; they lead the congregations; they are the pastors. Most are not formally trained but do the best they can. In the past, OFM teaching has been highly successful in such areas.
Bishop Kwangu and his wife and Brother Nathan returned to Mwanza to carry on the teaching of the evangelists back there, leaving Fr Francis in Geita.
The schedules are full, the students though not well educated are earnest and attentive. Watch for the full dispatch at A Maiden's collection
As I read through this dispatch, I was reminded of how much we take for granted-not just the "things" we have, but the opportunities available to us here in the United states, for education and training. Would that every follower of Jesus, were as thirsty for knowledge and understanding of Him and his kingdom.
Posted by Fr. Bob Lemmon at 10:48 AM