Overview of Province
The Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi covers the whole country. The Most Reverend Bernard Ntahoturi is its Archbishop. The province came into existence in 1992, comprised of the four dioceses of Buye, Bujumbura, Gitega and Matana. The diocese of Makamba was created in 1997, the Diocese of Muyinga in 2005 and the Diocese of Rumonge in 2013.
The Province has existed through hard times of war, poverty and immense human suffering.
Only a year after its inauguration the civil war broke out. Inevitably the years of conflict have affected the Church. Church buildings have been damaged and destroyed. Clergy, other leaders, and members of congregations have been injured or killed, while some are internally displaced or refugees in camps in Tanzania.
In some places insecurity and attacks have frequently disrupted the life and work of the Church. Clergy have been unable to travel easily to visit those in need and have often risked death to do so. Clergy have also been unable to get the necessary levels of education and training.
The Church now has opportunities to make a crucial contribution during a time of rapid political, economic and social change to the re-building of the country around the following issues:
- Evangelism and mission alongside faith-building, training and education.
- Development programs as communities try to provide clean water, decent housing, schools, hospitals and clinics. To encourage income – generating projects, micro-credit schemes, effective agriculture, and fair distribution of food.
- Current issues relating to gender, illiteracy, and care of the environment.
- Advocacy for those who suffer from poverty, HIV/AIDS and other diseases such as malaria which is endemic in the country. To speak on behalf of the many who continue to suffer as a result of the war, orphans, widows, the displaced, and refugees. To ensure that those being repatriated receive the basics for survival, and promote human rights.
- The process of peace and reconciliation in order to bring hope for a better, more secure future. To encourage negotiation and dialogue between different groups and factions. To finds ways to help the traumatized and bereaved, the returnees and the internally displaced. To encourage the youth to be peace-builders.