One of the joys of Winter Conference each year is spending time with our Mission Partners. Both before and after this year’s Conference, our partners spent time with various AMiA church families throughout the U.S. Canon Kevin Donlon, Canon for Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical Affairs, brings us this report of their travels.
The Anglican Mission welcomed our College of Consultors and Mission Partners to Dallas for Winter Conference 2017.
Many familiar faces were with us in Dallas such as Archbishop Kolini, Bishop Sospeter of Kibondo and Bishop Edmund of Dunkwa. Sadly, the smiling bishop, Bishop William, was confronted with delays on his visa and missed the Conference but was able to make his visitations around the USA.
Visits Around the Mission
While the Mission partners and consultors are always pleased about the time they have at Winter Conference for fellowship, education and prayer, they ever so enjoy the opportunity to visit with the members of the Mission Society in the local churches. These visits allow our partners to visit the clergy they license and to get to know the laity of the parishes. It also allows the members in the parishes to come to know the focus and ministry of the partner dioceses. This year’s visits took place in the following locations:
- The Abbey at Pawley’s Island, Pawleys Island, SC – Bishop William Mugenyi
- All Saints Dallas and All Saints East Dallas, Dallas, TX – Bishop Tendwa and Bishop Jackton
- All Saints Anglican Church, Newport, NC- Bishop William Mugenyi
- All Saints Church, Spartanburg SC – Canon Vithalis
- Anglican Church of the Word, Pembroke Pines, FL – Bishop Aaron
- Christ Church Nashville, Nashville, TN – Archbishop Masimango & Bishop Bahati
- Christ The King Anglican Church, Ocala, FL – Canon Vithalis
- Daniel Island Fellowship, Charleston, SC – Bishop William Mugenyi
- Epiphany Anglican Fellowship, Longmont, CO – Bishop Sospeter
- Grace Northridge, San Antonio, TX – Bishop Aaron Kiljinjali
- Immanuel Anglican Church, Destin, FL – Bishop Edmund
- Kingdom Life Church, Naples, FL– Bishop Edmond
- New Covenant Anglican Church, Winter Springs, FL – Archbishop Masimango
- Prince of Peace Church, Melbourne, FL – Archbishop Kolini
- Church of the Resurrection, Tampa, FL – Bishop Edmund & Canon Vithalis
- St. Andrews Church, Little Rock, AR– Bishop Sospeter
- The Solid Rock Church, Winter Haven (Fl) – Bishop Cyril Ben-Smith
These visits created many great conversations about how the Lord is moving throughout the Mission. Among the reports given, were the following updates:
- The ministry training program known as Apolo2 will take place in DRC and Musa in Tanzania. The 2017 training scheme will need almost 28 leaders lay and ordained to build upon the over 200 people trained over the past year in a training term of 10 days as opposed to the previous approach of 6 days. The topic this year is on the Creed and the Baptismal Covenant – Going Deeper into the Faith. For those who are interested in being part of that training or supporting the effort contact Canon Donlon at [email protected]
- Updates were given on the status of the two health clinics that AM has supported ( Kibondo and Ngara). Through the efforts of Canon Donlon and Bishop Keith a medical team from St. Timothy’s, Fort Worth were leaving for Kagera Diocese following Winter Conference to meet with Bishop Aaron and Vithalis to do an assessment on advancing the Diocesan Hospital in Ngara so it can continue to develop as the only acute care facility in Western Tanzania.
- Bishop Edmond ( Dunkwa) reported that the Diocesan Formation Center at Bishop’s Court which was started with seed money from Deacon Koons and her husband Thomas at New Covenant.
- Bishop Cyril Ben Smith appointed Canon Paul Jagoe as his commissary to help develop this new relationship with the Mission
An especially meaningful visit included the Archbishops and Bishops gathering for Chrism Mass at New Covenant in Orlando for the Feast of Candlemas. The oils were then distributed to parishes in the Mission.
These visits are a blessing to both the bishops and the parishes visited and cultivate long-standing graces for these partnerships.
Additional photos of the partner visits are included in the photo gallery below: