The Bishop of Butere, Rt Revd Dr Tim Wambunya, has thanked parishioners in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe for supporting Anglican clergy back home in Kenya.
Parishes in Derry and Raphoe have raised more than £60,000 for the ‘Butere Cows Project’ initiative. The money has been used to buy animals for ministers in the Kenyan diocese, with which Derry and Raphoe has strong links. The first Anglican church and girls’ school in the region were built by the son and daughter of a former Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Revd George Chadwick.
The Diocese of Butere has made a video to show the impact that the ‘Cows project’ is having in Butere. The Rector of Donagheady, Rev Dr Robin Stockitt – who has been to Butere – says the relationship between the dioceses is mutually enriching and definitely not a one-way relationship. “The fact that we can play a small part in improving the lives of clergy in Butere, and that they can inspire us to be more joyful, then I think that this is a very beautiful relationship.”
Bishop Tim says, “We all realise that we are children of the same God so, in a partnership like this, we are able to see how we belong to this one God. It’s an opportunity to share our faith, an opportunity to live out our faith in mutual prayer, in mutual fellowship, mutual discipleship, encouraging one another and learning from each other.”