Africa Mission Part 2: Canon Mark Collinson

August 7, 2018

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Canon Principal, Mark Collinson, follows in Cathedral Curate, Katie Lawrence footsteps for a mission trip to Rwanda. Follow his journey below.






























Entry 1: 07/08/2018

Today we have started the training program that is using facilitators from Kigali, Burundi and Nairobi. They have been providing the biblical foundations for social transformation of communities such that a whole nation can be changed. Last night we heard from Bishop Emmauel how the church helped to bring peace after the genocide. They gave incentives for people to work collectively together to build houses that had been burnt down and cultivate land that had been empty between 1994-98. He himself adopted 19 orphans!





































Walk before sunset with mist rising between the hills




















The Team from the Anglican Chruch in Little Rock Colorado are heading back home today.


Entry 2: 08/08/2018
Sharing group work: if the church doesn’t seek to change the nation, the nation will change the church. Rwanda is still coming to terms with the 1994 genocide when in a population of 95% nominal Christians 1 million people were massacred in a matter of months. After 25 years in prison, the church is preparing for perpetrators reintegrating back into society.





























A break between teaching sessions in the courtyard of the guesthouse – Faith is talking to a Pentecostal bishop from Kigali who is learning how to deliver the training


Entry 3: 09/08/2018

Most of the day 8:30 to 5:30 we are in the training conference but we manage to get out for a brief walk before the sun sets at 6:30.










































Entry 4: 12/08/2018

Training nearly done for the week – Waitrose Rwanda coffee came to the rescue to get us through the final session


















38 acolytes being commissioned today in this verural parish. It took nearly 3 hours to get here on dirt roads – what they call an African massage. 147 people were confirmed. I presented a gift from our MU to their leader. The MU brought in gifts – baskets full of maize. The service is just short of five hours.

































































We had to have a second hobbit breakfast before we started the service to see us through