Wakefield/Mara Diocesan Link

2013 is the 25th Anniversary of the Link between Wakefield Diocese and Mara Diocese in North Western Tanzania. Mara Region is one of the poorest and under-developed areas of East Africa. The strength of the Link has been through the development of parish to parish links through prayer, friendship and fellowship and visits by people in both directions. Since 1990, St. John's Rastrick has been linked to a village called Nyakiswa, which has no electricity or running water.

Over the years, several people from Rastrick have made the long journey to Nyakiswa and we have also been fortunate to welcome two people from Nyakiswa to Rastrick. When St. John's and St. Matthew's Rastrick became a United Benefice, St. Matthew's joined in the link with Nyakiswa. As part of its annual Missions and Charities giving, St. John's sends £30 monthly to support the church in Nyakiswa. Much of this money has been spent in building and furnishing a new, much bigger church and recently in refurbishing the Vicarage. A water pump has also been provided through the Water for Life project.

The interior of the church in Nyakiswa.

The newly refurbished vicarage.

The new water pump.

Mara Diocese is very focussed now on community development and so the schools in Nyakiswa are included in our Link. There are 2 Primary and 1 Secondary school serving Nyakiswa and support has been given by supplying textbooks, desks, water harvesting tanks and a classroom floor. Currently, we are collecting small change to provide mosquito nets for Primary school children.

More information can be obtained fromRev. Stephen Spencer, Tanzania Link Officer email: stephenspencer8@me.com. Oriel Kelly, parish link rep email: graham.oriel@btinternet.com.