St Davids Diocese has forged a link with Bukavu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo, grown out of a personal connection formed by Revd Dr Jennifer Annis and Dave Annis who regularly visit Bukavu. The Bukavu – St Davids Link Committee encourages the sharing of human, material and ministerial resources between the Dioceses and the forming of links between parishes and schools.
A Book Fayre was held in Newcastle Emlyn Community Church hall in the Summer with proceeds from this event providing valuable resources to establish the Bishop of St Davids library in the diocese of Bukavu. The library will be stocked with appropriate books at the site of St Peter’s Cathedral, Bukavu. To launch the Book Fayre there was an opening presentation by the Revd Annis with wine and canapés, followed by a weekend of browsing and buying books, with coffee and cake available.
It is inspiring to be involved with projects that are not centred on local needs alone. As part of the body of Christ, if we are able to help others who are living in far more straitened circumstances than our own, then this is certainly worthwhile. Knowing that we as a diocese in West Wales are eager to offer goods and services to bring even a small measure of normality to the lives of those in the Congo, can be a great source of encouragement to them as they endure challenging times of political and social upheaval. Donations are always gratefully received.
The World Mission Committee at present has only three members which we hope to increase in the near future. If you are interested in being part of World Mission in the diocese please contact myself or Mr Nicholas Griffin, our Secretary.
Revd Canon Dewi Roberts Chair, World Mission Group