Bishop Grant and Dr Wendy LeMarquand recently visited two Nuer-speaking village churches out in the bush near the Lare Mission Centre in Gambella, Ethiopia. Bishop Grant writes
“Neither congregation previously had a building – just a tree to worship under. And neither congregation had been given a name (names are only given to churches when the Bishop visits!). So, after walking through fields, we reached the first church in the village of Pietiel, where we dedicated St Martha’s Anglican Church. Then after slogging through shin deep mud, we reached the village of Waken, where we dedicated Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Both congregations are small, but have a long, faithful and enthusiastic ministry in their area. Both are delighted to have a building to meet in, even one constructed of mud and sticks and thatch.
Another Sunday in August, the destination was an Anuak-speaking congregation in Abobo. Bethlehem Anglican Church has no full time pastor and is less than a year old. But they have good lay leadership and they are hard workers. Not only have they built a new church building for Abobo town, they have also planted several new congregations in the surrounding villages in the past year.”
Thanks to all those whose generous contributions have made the building of new churches in the Gambella region of Ethiopia a reality.