Kondoa, Tanzania

Introduction

The Kondoa and Rochester Diocese started in 2005, during a visit led by Rev’d Canon David Kitley to Kondoa and Mpwapwa Dioceses. 

Shortly after this the first two parish links were established – between Chemba and St Michael and all Angels, Wilmington and between Bereko and St Andrew’s Paddock Wood.  Chemba is to the south of Kondoa town and Bereko to the north – both are on the Cape Town to Cairo road which travels from south to north across the Diocese. 

About Kondoa

Kondoa is a relatively new and evangelical Diocese, established by Tanzanians, unlike many of the older Tanzanian Dioceses, which were set up by western missionaries many years ago. It was established in 2001 and its first Bishop was Bishop Yohana Mkavu, who was instrumental in initiating the relationship that exists today between our Dioceses.  

The Kondoa District is predominantly Muslim with a population of about 600,000 people, of which approximately 67,000 are Christians and 10,000 Anglican. 

The Diocese has eight deaneries split into 35 parishes with 43 pastors, 3 deacons and numerous catechists and evangelists.

The Diocese is the poorest diocese in Tanzania.  Electricity is gradually being installed along the Cape Town to Cairo road and is (intermittently) available in Kondoa Town. Elsewhere the villages have no mains electricity and no running water supply.

Educational attainment in the area is low and even the pastors are mostly only educated to primary school level.  For this reason a key priority of the Diocese is theological education. This enhances the skills of the pastors while working in their parishes and also should help to provide the Diocese with more leaders over the years to come. Currently the Diocese has the Bishop, a small staff team and then the pastors. The majority of the pastors are not paid and are subsistence farmers and all but two parishes pay hardly any parish share to the Diocese. 

The Diocese of Kondoa now has its own website here: http://kondoa.anglican.org/

The Bishop of Kondoa

Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Given Gaula was installed as Bishop of Kondoa in 2012. His wife, Rev’d Lilian Gaula is also ordained and is a great example to women in the parish who are becoming more and more involved in church leadership in various roles, mostly as catechists, and are taking part in theological training in the Kondoa Bible School.

Latest news

The relationship between our Dioceses continues to grow and our combined prayer life deepens, from our side with a growing ‘friends of Kondoa’ group now at nearly 60 people, who receive news and prayer requests from Kondoa.  If you would like to be added to the group, please email Sue Chalkley (see below).

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Given to Rochester twice during 2016. He and the Archbishop of Tanzania (also Bishop of Mpwapwa) joined us in our celebrations of 10 years of the partnership between Rochester and both Mpwapwa and Kondoa Dioceses at services in Kondoa and Rochester cathedrals, both attended by Bishop James and Bishop Given. 

Churches, schools and individuals here have supported a number of projects during the year including: Bishop Justus Vocational Secondary School, Chemba; a two year course and a three year course at the new Kondoa Bible School; a new Diocesan Toyota land cruiser; contributions to Bishop Given’s stipend and also for a number of pastors where their parishes are linked; bee keeping projects and other parish projects.

During 2016, the Diocese of Kondoa marked its 15th year anniversary and two Rochester parishes (Paddock Wood and Wilmington) celebrated 10 years of their parish links.  Please see www.bereko.co.uk for further information about the Paddock Wood link.

Bishop James visited Kondoa in August 2016 and has written three blogs about his visit, available here: http://kondoa.anglican.org/Groups/263310/Twinning_Link_News.aspx.

Kondoa parish/school

Rochester link

Kondoa Town

(parish church is also Cathedral)

St Peter and Paul, Tonbridge

Kidoka

Christchurch, Bexleyheath

Itolwa

St John’s, Meopham

Mpendo

St Botolph’s, Chevening

Mwaikisabe

St Augustine’s, Bromley

Tarkwa

Three Spires (Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech)

Kikore

St Edmunds Church, Living Well, Temple Hill, Dartford

Wekenze

St Peters, Bredhurst

Bereko

St Andrew’s, Paddock Wood

Chemba

St Michael and All Angels, Wilmington

Maziwa

St Peter’s, Pembury

Rofati

St Justus, Rochester

Bishop Justus vocational secondary school, Chemba

Bishop Justus School, Bromley.

Practical ways to get involved

There are three main ways to support our Diocesan link:

  1. Become a ‘friend of Kondoa’ and receive prayer requests and news updates.
  2. Form a link between your parish and a parish in Kondoa
  3. Provide financial or other support to one of the projects that are underway in the Diocese.Please see below for Diocesan priorities and specific projects:
    • Theological education
      • Sponsorship for individuals being external trained at Msalato College, Dodoma
      • Sponsorship for individual students at the Kondoa Bible School or general support for the Bible School
    • Agriculture – various such as beekeeping, equipment purchase, drought resistant maize project, ‘Farming God’s way’ training
    • Women’s Empowerment, this project is run by the Kondoa Mother’s Union
    • Bishop Justus Vocational Secondary School, Chemba to provide young people with skills and a trade
      Or
  • Simply send a donation to the General Fund for the Bishop to use at his discretion for the benefit of the Diocese

Please contact Sue Chalkley (see below) for information about these or any other projects.

Kondoa Partnership Group

The Kondoa partnership Group oversees the relationship between Rochester and Kondoa. Its members are:

Alan Smith
Barbara Farnham
Bethany Lewis
Bishop James of Rochester
Canon Linda Wanniaratchy
Chris Hookins
Eric Hookins
Mike Fawcett
Rev Canon Bryan Knapp
Rev Canon David Kitley
Rev Jay Colwill
Sue Chalkley (Chair)

Please contact Sue Chalkley on sue.chalkley1@btinternet.com or 07880 702323 for further information.




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