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Burundi Sunday – 19th September 2021
That do you do if your Church is no longer fit for purpose and then the road is washed away and you can no longer reach it to meet for worship? You buy another piece of land and build another one!
That is what the congregation of Gakwende parish, a sub-parish of St. Mark’s, Gahosha are doing but they need help to complete the roof. And that is where we come in.
Our annual Burundi Sunday is on 19th September. We hope that you will join us at either 8.45 am or 10.30 am to hear more from Rev. Hermes Gatoto about Gakwende and their need for iron sheets that now cost £90 each. The congregation have managed to purchase 18 sheets but many more are needed.
Donations can be given through the envelopes found with the display in Church or by bank transfer to PCC St Mark’s Woodthorpe:
Sort code 20-63-25 A/c 90703753 Ref: Burundi GA, or just ‘Burundi’ if non-gift aid.
This Month’s Person to Pray for:
Please pray for Rev. Hermes Gatoto the Vicar of St. Mark’s, Gahosha and Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Makamba. He has a lot of responsibility at parish and diocesan level. The parish has 7 sub-parishes and 2 Church primary schools and he is constantly looking for ways to develop the parish and support congregations that are extremely poor.
The youth project at St. Mark’s, Ngagara that we supported last year on Burundi Sunday is well underway with 95 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 23 yrs. engaged in a range of musical activities.
St. Mark’s, Gahosha
St. Mark’s, Gahosha has celebrated the official opening of the Vicarage, meeting room and another building by the Bishop of Makamba Diocese. In his speech the Vicar of St. Mark’s, Rev. Hermes Gatoto thanked us for our support with these projects and invited us to share in the parish’s 20th anniversary celebrations next year.
Grit and Determination
What do you do if the road to your Church is washed away and you can no longer reach it? You buy another piece of land and build another one! That is what the congregation of Gakwende parish, a sub-parish of St. Mark’s Gahosha, are doing, and although the structure is incomplete they are already using it to meet together for prayer and worship.
The Anglican Church of Burundi
St Mark’s partnership with Burundi started in the 1970’s with a commitment to pray for the Church and the country.
We continue that link today in various ways but particularly through our support of two parishes, St. Mark’s, Ngagara and St. Mark’s, Gahosha.
St. Mark’s, Gahosha in Makamba
St. Mark’s, Ngagara in Bujumbura
Annually we have Burundi Sunday when we connect with one of those parishes and support a project of their choosing.
You can find out more at www.anglicanburundi.org, where there is also a link to the Facebook page.
Our CMS (Church Mission Society) link mission partner.
Azaria is working in Guatemala City with Street Kids Direct, a charity offering street children and young people at risk the opportunity to be equipped with life skills and to receive mentoring and assistance in making positive life choices. You can find out more through her Facebook page, her blog, and through CMS.