Our Diocese of Hereford is linked with four Dioceses in Tanzania – Dar, Tanga, Masasi and Newala. In turn, our Deanery of Ledbury is linked with the Anglican Church of St Michael and All Angels, Mtwara, in Newala Diocese.
Mtwara is a town of about 80,000 people on the Indian Ocean coast in the far South of Tanzania, close to the Mozambique border.
St Michael’s Church Council supports the link with a substantial annual gift – along with amounts raised from the annual Lent Lunches.
In the past we have supplied motorcycles for clergy to use, and have also helped to set up a scheme, run by the Church, for training Kindergarten Teachers. The latest project is to develop a stronger link between the Lilungu School in Mtwara and Ledbury Primary School, following a visit from teachers from Ledbury.
In June 2008 Revd. Emmanuel Chilumba from Masasi Diocese was able to visit and preach at St Michael's, and also spend time with the children at Ledbury Primary School. We met Bishop Oscar Mnung'a of Newala (and Mrs Agnes Mnung'a) in 2011, and in May 2012 Edith Mwamasimbi from Mtwara visited Ledbury and the Ledbury Deanery.
Prayers are offered regularly for each other's congregations.