1st May 2019

Dear Friends
I thought Holy Week and Easter Sunday were magnificent, it was good to see so many of you on Easter Sunday, my thanks to Fr Bill Wilson, our preacher, who true to form preached with theological accuracy and great sensitivity. This week we have received pictures from Namacunde showing the completed church and the visit of the bishops, there seemed to be an awful lot of mitres present at the service. As I preached on Sunday, our support for Namacunde over the years is living proof of the effects of the resurrection. We live the resurrection, we make the resurrection real by our conversations and actions. So we can say with confidence Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed Alleluia.

It was also good to be given news of the Malnutrition project which we supported alongside the US Diocese of New Hampshire, again we effected change and brought hope, light and yes life.

I hope you enjoy the pictures on the dedication service which we have placed below.

Also – an advanced notice and a date for you diary. An Evening of African Food, Music and Friendship, Celebrating S Simon and S Jude Namacunde – Saturday 6 July 2019, 6 -10PM  It will be a great evening and a chance to see and hear tales of our great adventure.

Fr Simon

Message from John Tasker, ALMA Twinning Officer
 

Valeriano Paulino from St André, Ondjiva has sent me this report and photos from the inauguration and confirmation service at Namacunde yesterday.

“We are well by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today the church of S Simon and S Jude in Namacunde was inaugurated by the Bishop Dom André Soares, with the presence of the two Bishops of Namibia and on Saturday we had ordinations of the three Deacons. 57 souls were confirmed today and received their first communion. There were 673 souls present in worship. It just remains for me to say, “Ebenézer, so far the Lord has helped us” (1 Sam. 7.12). May God bless us richly and mightily.”

The service he referred to on Saturday was held at St André in Ondjiva and was the first Anglican ordination service held in Cunene province, when three church members from Cunene were ordained deacon.

Dear Friends

We shall be holding our next Community Lunch on Wednesday 8th May in St. Denys Hall, from 12.30 as usual. The theme of the lunch will be springtime. It would be lovely to welcome any newcomers who would like to join us – just contact Anne McBride (07976 584970) or me (07899 928785) to let us know, so that we can prepare enough food. This is a photo of Anne, wearing her Easter bonnet, taken at our last lunch which had an Easter theme.

With every blessing

Mother Eileen