The Diocese of Peru
The Anglican Church of Peru is a missionary diocese with growing churches, forming part of the Body of Christ in South America’s third largest country. There are parishes and missions in Lima, Arequipa, Juliaca, Ica and Cabanaconde as well as numerous social outreach and development programs so desperately needed in this poor country. As a missionary diocese we still rely on support from overseas mission personnel, mission organizations, and direct support from churches and individuals.
As part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which has more than 80 million members found in 160 different countries, our spirituality is catholic, evangelical and charismatic – catholic in that we preserve the faith of the early Christian Church, with its sacraments and three fold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons; evangelical in our emphasis on the authority of the Holy Scriptures and the proclamation of the word of God; and charismatic in that we rely on the grace and power of God for our work and ministry.
The Anglican Church of Peru is a diocese which is clearly both Peruvian and Anglican in its identity. Its roots and history go back to the first half of the nineteenth century with the arrival of English and N. American immigrants. But Peruvian congregations are now the overwhelming majority, even though there is still a live English-speaking congregation at the Cathedral. National clergy and lay ministers make the Church and its worship relevant to the people they serve in Christ’s name and in many of our congregations Latin American Christian music enhances the worship.
The Diocese of Tabora
The Anglican Diocese of Tabora, inaugurated in July 1989, was formed out of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika to enable the efforts to reach people in this area to be more concentrated and effective. As the Diocese was inaugurated under the leadership of its bishop, the Rt. Revd. Francis Ntiruka, there were 10 parishes with a total of 35 congregations. Now there are 27 parishes with over 120 congregations of which 34 were started between 2001 and 2003. The Diocese of Tabora occupies an area of 96,000 sq km of rural western Tanzania. It is about one tenth of the area of mainland Tanzania. Approximately 2 million people live in the region, around 200,000 in Tabora municipality. Most people are involved in subsistence agriculture – in other words they grow the food they need to feed themselves and their families. However, there are some cash crops – mainly tobacco, rice and maize. The region is very poor especially after several years of failed or poor harvests due to extreme and unusual weather patterns. The main priorities of the diocese are in Evangelism, Training and Development.