Rwanda is a small country in Africa. A fertile, hilly country with very few natural
resources, 90% of the population relies on subsistence farming. The government is
deeply in debt with a poor infrastructure.
The President of the Byumba Diocese is Josephine Rwaja who has visited us several
times in our diocese and in 2001 three members visited her in Byumba for five weeks,
so we have close links and share our concerns and remember each other in prayers
regularly. Josephine is on e-mail, which makes communication easier. We contributed
a small amount to the building of a nursery school. Work projects include growing,
drying, storing of beans, bakery, sewing and knitting.
Guidance is the MU worker who
heads up parenting classes for Rwanda
N.E. Caribbean and Aruba
This diocese is based in beautiful tropical islands of the Caribbean Sea between
North and South America. It comprise twelve islands namely, St. Kitts & Nevis, Monserrat,
Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Saba, St. Bartholomew, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, Dominica
and Aruba. There are 31 branches.
Members are particularly concerned with conservation. In their centenary year 2002
they planted 100 trees, our Diocesan President visited with her husband and helped
in the tree planting. They have also adopted Jabberwock beach, Anguilla, which their
members endeavour to keep clean and tidy. A plot of land has been given to them to
build premises for a day centre for children and the elderly. They have similar concerns
as we have in the UK concerning drugs and teenage pregnancies.
Members of W. Indies Province -
Tree Planting July 2002
Malawi is a small country in central Africa. Lake Nyasa is a long lake covering two
thirds of the country. It is an impoverished country, 90% live in rural areas. The
government are heavily in debt.
We linked with Upper Shire Diocese in the south of Malawi. They have an estimated
5,000 members in 22 parishes, some parishes have 10 branches. They have written to
us about their future plans and problems.
Uppershire Future plans
Want MU centre with offices
Need more income generating projects
To intensify home based care services to HIV/AIDS patients and orphans
To start adult literacy programme
To have a girls' hostel at Mponda
To have our own Women's Skills Training Centre
To have a demonstration farm
Mrs Agnes Mkoko, Mothers' Union worker
Literacy and Development group , Malawi
HIV/AIDS claiming a lot of lives
Many needy orphans
The diocese was divided in half last year and this causes problems as most of the
employed MU workers are in urban Blantyre not Upper Shire which is more rural
No computer or phone in MU office
Famine which is a big problem
Transport is a problem. We have a vehicle, but sometimes Agnes uses the local mini
bus due to insufficient funds as the cost of fuel is high and the diocese is big
and mostly rural.
Urgent Appeal from Malawi
I have recently received a letter from Agnes Mkoko (photo above) in which she asks
us to pray for The Mothers’ Union there. There has been no rain at all with the result
that maize, their staple crop, has totally withered. Although many are facing starvation
she says, “We know our God is a good and Merciful Father, he will still feed us,
only if we trust Him.He feeds birds why not us? He will take care of us. May you
please pray for us.” She goes on to say that in the north many homes have been destroyed
by earthquakes and repeats her prayer requests for them too.
We are linked with other dioceses specifically to pray for their needs so please
help by not only keeping our sisters in Malawi in your own prayers , but by asking
your congregations to pray too.
Jill Cameron, Links correspondent, 24th January 2010
The Rift Valley in Tanzania
We exchange cards at festive times but communication is difficult.
This is a newly linked diocese and we are yet to hear from them.