MISSION TO THE DIOCESE OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
Globally, our ongoing support for ministry in Tanzania, Africa has been most notably demonstrated through gifts of education, clean water, medical supplies and the sending of mission teams from St. Wilfrid's to continue to build relationships and remind us that we are part of a global community. Also within our parish, there are representatives for ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development), Compassion International and Heifer International.
In November 2004 St. Wilfrid's vestry voted unanimously to establish a long term relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. With God's help we will focus on sustainable mission projects that foster independence for the people living within the diocese. In so doing, to deepen our own Christian experience through serving and companionship.
Since 2004, St. Wilfrid's has sent three Mission Teams to the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The trips have provided the participants the opportunity to work along side our brothers and sisters in Christ in this important African country and to return to St. Wilfrid's as witnesses of the work of the Lord in Tanzania. One of these trips, in August 2011, was dedicated specifically to exposing the Youth of St. Wilfird's to World Mission. Our ongoing relationship with the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro promises more such trips in the years ahead.
PROJECTS, SUPPLIES, EDUCATION:
Over the last seven years, St. Wilfrid's has provided school fees, books and transport to evangelists studying at the Munguishi Bible College outside of Arusha, Tanzania, also supplied laptops, printers and office supplies to the diocese office and Munguishi; laid the cornerstone and planted a new church building, St. Margaret's, in a remote Maasai village in the Maasai Steppe; raised the funds necessary to build St. Peter's Nursery School, also in a remote Maasai village in the southern part of Tanzania; purchased Holy Cows and Holy Goats for poor pastors' wives; purchased and shipped over 65 wheelchairs for the disabled in remote medical clinics in Tanzania; in 2008 helped raise the funds for the Endupoto Primary School in a remote Maasai village outside of Arusha, Tanzania, the project included two classrooms, library/supply room, teachers' room, three bedroom teachers' house, latrines, two 20,000 liter rainwater harvesting tanks, tree farm and kitchen (the project was completed on time and within budget in just four months); provided school supplies to the school; provided and purchased two motorbikes; developed and photographed the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro web site; oversaw the yearly repairs of the Bishop's Guest House, a sustainable project for the diocese; distributed clothing for HIV/AIDS orphanages; and provided famine relief in time of need.
Thanks be to God!