The five of us are setting off to Manchester airport full of excitement, hope, expectations and a few butterflies. We had a wonderful ‘sending out’ from our church yesterday as the whole congregation prayed for us during the morning service.
Five folk from St Mary’s Church, Luddenden with Luddenden Foot are visiting their sister parish of St Mary’s Mmazame in our link diocese of Mara, Tanzania, on a working and fact-finding trip.
The Calder Valley group have been crowdfunding in advance and hope to provide a vestry for the church, mosquito nets for children and a new rainwater collection system.
Having returned to our day jobs, and thinking that this time last week we were in the Serengeti seeing some of God’s wonderful creation in their natural habitat; it feels somewhat surreal. Here are some of our final reflections on the visit:
Despite being moved in all of the schools we have visited, this was by far the most harrowing visit. Nyumba Salaama is a safe house presently giving refuge to 52 girls. Eight workers (matron, secretary, social worker, computer teacher, sewing teacher, driver, temporary manager, Melina Galibona and a chaplain) all share the vision of protecting the girls from harm.
Bunda Girls school
Following yet another fantastic Tanzanian welcome from Deninsia, the Headmistress, three girls from Bunda girls' school were delighted when they received gifts sent from their sponsors at Halifax Trinity Academy.