Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi

EAB Press – July 2012

August 7, 2012


The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi and Rev. John Berchmans Mweningoma attended the Global South Conference on the Decade of Mission and Networking from 16th–21st July 2012 in Thailand.

More than 100 delegates from Anglican Provinces in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and South America gathered with mission agencies and partners to consider the radically changing face of mission in the world.

Challenged by Romans 12 v. 1-3 and against the background of mission as a matter of faith and obedience to God’s Word they considered the need for transformed and holistic discipleship impacting all aspects of faith-sharing and dialogue. Supported by effective theological and financial resources and partnerships the Church must properly invest in the next generation.


The Province expresses thanks to Rev. Martin Philipps who has been assisting in the training of church leaders at the Matana Theological Institute for the past seven and a half years.

Supported by Christian Services International (CFI), based in Stuttgart, Germany Martin has been teaching Old Testament and Systematic Theology. He was instrumental in the establishment and running of the library and resource centre built and resourced with assistance from Hilfe Für Brüder and Trinity Church, New York.

The Province wishes Martin well as he moves to the D.R.Congo to work at the Shalom University in Bunia where he will be installing systems, implementing resources and training staff as I.T. advisor and technician.


The Rt. Rev. Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham diocese, UK, accompanied by his wife Rosemary brought a team of nine people from the diocese to visit the Province from 13-26th July 2012.

Visits to the different dioceses enabled existing parish links to be strengthened and provided opportunity to explore how a relationship between the diocese and the Province might gradually be developed in the future. There were opportunities for the group to gain an insight into the life and challenges of the country and the Church.

Bishop Paul preached and helped Archbishop Bernard confirm over 200 candidates at a parish confirmation in Matana diocese. Parishes, projects, schools, hospitals, the police chaplaincy, a refugee camp, a youth crusade, Bible schools and a Peace Village made up a varied programme. There was also time for some of the team to visit Christian Aid and Scripture Union. Read more in Bishop Paul’s blog “Through the Eyes of a Bishop” on WordPress.


  • Please pray for the Provincial Synod being held 2nd – 3rd August 2012.
  • The Province is looking forward to welcoming Rosemary Kempsell, Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union 18th – 30th August