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Tremendous News!

Bishop Todd writes:
 
“I have just received official word that the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean and the House of Bishops have approved and accepted the candidate:
Rev. Canon RAZAFINDRALAMBO Samitiana Jhonson as the new assistant bishop of the Diocese of Toliara.  PRAISE THE LORD!

“Another glorious event in which we can celebrate the Lord’s doing.

“Thank you Lord for guiding and directing us this year.  Thank you for raising up another leader for the Diocese of Toliara!  May you help him and his family during this transition.”

Click here to read more about Rev. Canon Samitiana

      Rev Canon Samitiana Jhonson & his wife, Holy

 

Bishop Theophile from Antsiranana, Bishop Todd McGregor, Bishop Jaona from Antananarivo,  Rev. Samitiana in front of archbishop James (you can barely see him) and Bishop Ian from Mauritius

 

 

 

Welcome New Missionaries – Derek & Jane Waller!

              Derek & Jane Waller
               in Yei, South Sudan

We welcome Church Mission Society missionaries, Rev Derek & Jane Waller, from England who are coming to the Diocese shortly.  

Please pray for Jane’s visa to come through as soon as possible.  (They already have Derek’s).  Pray also that they will learn the language swiftly and easily, and that all travel will be straightforward. 

Derek will be working with local pastors and lay leaders to disciple Christians and grow the church.  They plan to stay for three years, after which they hope to hand over to local Christians. 

They worked with CMS in the 1980s in South Sudan. In the 23 years after they returned to the UK, Derek was ordained and served in three parishes.  Jane worked in adult education and was also a magistrate.  But they never lost their passion for mission across cultures. When the opportunity came to return to South Sudan to be involved in theological education they believed that this was the call of God.  Sadly they were only there for 18 months before civil war broke out. 

How have they got from South Sudan to Madagascar? The short answer is through many tears and much prayer. In the months after leaving South Sudan, they grieved for the friends they will not see and the work they will not complete. However, a chance meeting with Bishop Todd McGregor led to an invitation to the Diocese of Toliara. They accepted and are now excited about starting a new mission adventure in their 60s!

 

Derek & Jane with their students, the local Bishop, the College Principal and visitors from Duke University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooted in Jesus

40 teachers and over 100 children graced the Cathedral Complex for Sunday School workshop and receiving Rooted in Jesus teachings. The Holy Spirit was flowing. Each District/Church presented plays, skits, songs…..there was tremendous joy all around praising God!!!!!

 

             

   

New Parish Link

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toliara and Walmer Parish Churches, Deal, Kent, England Link on July 19, 2017 

 

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body,

though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12.12

 

Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor with Rev. Seth Cooper and wardens Mavis Stevenson & Jerry Swallow sign the Memorandum of Understanding in St Saviour’s Church

For over a decade now, Walmer Parish Churches has had an informal link with Toliara in Madagascar.  The link began when Walmer hosted the newly appointed bishop of Toliara the Rt Rev. Todd McGregor, in 2006

 

Walmer is a small coastal community on the east coast of Kent, in the Canterbury diocese of the Church of England. It has a population of about 8000 and is best known for its Tudor castle, which is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.  Walmer formerly hosted a large contingent of the Royal Marines including the Band School.

 

The parish has 3 church buildings, the oldest of which is the original mediaeval church dating from about 1120, with a membership of about 250.  The Rev. Canon Seth Cooper, vicar of Walmer, is assisted by a team of lay ministers and retired clergy with a strong pastoral and discipleship ministry.

 

Walmer Parish Churches and the Downs Church of England school have supported the mission in Toliara in a number of ways over the years, not least by raising funds to buy mosquito nets;  supporting a coffee storage facility; and general expenditure.  Bishop Todd and Rev. Patsy have visited Walmer, helping with worship, preaching, and visiting the school.

 

In recent years Bishop Todd has been seeking to ‘formalize’ many of the links the diocese has with overseas partners and asked Walmer if it would make a link with St Patrick’s Cathedral.

 

To that end Walmer PCC agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (see summary below) at its recent meeting and hopes that the link can be built upon in years to come.

  1. The key objectives of the Parish Link are
    • to pray for one another
    • to get to know people & places in the link parish
    • to support each other in mission & ministry
  2. Both parishes recognise they are blessed with a variety of complementary gifts for equipping the Church
  3. Both parishes recognize that they will be equal partners in Christ’s mission.
  4. Each parish will appoint someone to be the main ‘link’ –
  5. The key leaders (usually clergy) of both parishes will communicate at least twice a year
  6. Parishes to list the other as their Link parish on their website or bulletins
  7. If possible and when appropriate, to arrange visits to each other’s parish, to offer hospitality and welcome, and to work alongside each other in mission.

 

In autumn next year Walmer’s churchwarden, Jerry Swallow will visit Toliara to continue strengthening our link.

 

Please pray that God will bless this partnership; that the Holy Spirit will make it a channel of grace and peace; and that St Patrick’s Cathedral and Walmer Parish Churches will be more effective in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Seth

Church Building Underway in Betioky!

 

 

Thanks be to God!