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Beloved in Christ in the Diocese of Springfield,
As I write, it is the afternoon of the day when the first of the Great O Antiphons will be used at Evening Prayer preceding and following the Magnificat. We are all familiar with these because they make up the verses of the beloved Advent hymn, O come, O come, Emmanuel. The mood of Advent shifts from penitence in response to the message of John the Baptist to barely restrained joy as we anticipate the remembrance of God’s great action on our behalf–God taking our human flesh and moving “into the neighborhood” (as one paraphrase of John 1:14 puts it).
We have an opportunity to respond to God’s great act of generosity by being generous ourselves. As you know, we have established companion relationships with two other Anglican dioceses: the Diocese of Tabora in the Anglican Province of Tanzania and the Diocese of Peru in the Province of the Southern Cone. Brenda and I, along with Fr Dave Halt, visited Tabora just last month. Fr Mark Evans and Sandy Moore visited Peru in April of this year. We are growing in love for these mission partners as we bless them and they bless us.
Both bishops have recently contacted me regarding some very specific needs:
- The Diocese of Tabora is planning to reestablish a training center for evangelists, catechists, and church planters, using the church facility in the city of Urambo. The old church on those grounds, built several decades ago for the expatriate community, and now unused, would serve well as a dormitory for students. They lack beds and mattresses. For approximately $3,400, they could meet this need, with twenty beds and twenty mattresses.
- The Diocese of Peru is ending the year with a budget shortfall of slightly less than $55,000. They have a fairly developed network of mission partners, and if the burden of the deficit were spread evenly among these partners, each share would be in the neighborhood of $7,800. The good news is that that are entering 2014 with a balanced budget–a first for them–so positive things are happening.
Springfield is not a large diocese by Episcopal Church standards. But I believe we have, among us all, the resources to meet these needs of our mission partners. When I get home, I’m going to make an electronic transfer from my personal bank account to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, with a memo that my contribution be allocated to our companion dioceses. I am asking you to do the same (or write a check, if that’s how you operate!). What an encouragement it would be to our friends in Tanzania and Peru to take a share in the ministry of the gospel in their churches.
May blessings abound for you and those whom you love during this season of joy.
Hello, I am Sandy Moore of Trinity Church, Lincoln. My husband, the Rev. Mark Evans, and I moved to the diocese about two years ago. We have enjoyed getting to know some of you in the diocese, and I look forward to meeting many more.
At our recent Synod, Bishop Martins appointed me as the new Chair of the Department of National and World Mission for the Diocese of Springfield. The Mission Field holds many exciting possibilities, such as national and international mission trips, missionary speakers, refugee resettlement, and monetary and prayer support for established aid programs to name a few. Many of our churches are already involved in such ventures. And, as you may know, our diocese is developing companionship diocese relationships with the Diocese of Tabora in Tanzania, and the Diocese of Peru.
One of our first steps is to gather information about the programs already in place among the congregations, and share that information with the diocese. I hope you will take some time to answer the following questions and return them to me. As the saying goes, “You can’t know where you’re going till you know where you’ve been.”
I would like to hear your ideas about national and world mission. I also invite interested parties to help me form a team to explore further the opportunities to serve God in the greater world beyond our homes in Illinois.
From Bishop Chakupewa:
This is St. Paul’s Church at Kiloleni. The dedication of this Church was officially conducted by the Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins Bishop of Springfield Illinois USA. We are now working on windows and doors. Your prayers are highly acceptable.
Indeed, it was my joy to visit this parish on November 11 and cut the ribbon officially marking the opening of the church.