We have strong links with Christians in Argentina and Angola.
They were able to visit St Bede's in 2015 to tell us about their work with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) among the Wichi Indians. Training the Wichi leaders is a vitally important part of their role.
April 2019 update;
Another brief prayer update from Northern Argentina on a warm, dry afternoon in Juarez after a period of wet weather!
This coming weekend there is a meeting of CoPA (Comisión Pastoral Aborigen = the pastoral commission for the indigenous churches in the Diocese). Pray for great wisdom for Assistant Bishop Mateo who now has the responsibility of leading this important group. The challenges for him are 1) He is Toba, the majority attending will be Wichi. 2) He has taken over this role after the unexpected death of Urbano Duarte toward the end of the last year. 3) He is (rightly!) encouraging some older members of the group to make way for younger ones – always a difficult transition here. Then he will be meeting for several days with the zonal pastors – who have oversight of groups of churches across the area.
From 6-18 May there will be another training course for potential and actual church leaders in Juarez. The logistics of journeys, food and accommodation for the 60+ students are complex. This year several seasoned teachers will not be there, leaving space for new ones. Pray for resilience and insight for David, who is responsible for coordinating the event and putting together the teaching programme. Pinning down what some of the teachers will cover and when they are available is hard, so the programme has to be planned day by day. Shelley will help with providing for the team of cooks.
There is continuing political uncertainly in the country – yes, here as well! Despite the efforts of Macri’s government, there is still a high rate of inflation. It is also election year, and there is a possibility the previous president will make a comeback – despite the problems she left behind for this present government. The run up to the election usually provokes discord in the indigenous communities and so also in the churches.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers for the advance of God’s kingdom here!
With our love,
David and Shelley
Archie Patterson left St Clement's in Toxteth for Africa in 1910 and began preaching the Gospel. In 1925 he went to the north of Angola and established the North Angola Mission, including many churches and schools. A notable feature of the mission was that he realised from the start the vital importance of raising Angolan leaders, which helped the church to grow through times of war, when it was very difficult for European missionaries to visit.
The Bishop of Angola visits St. Clement’s, Sunday 17th July 2016
It was with great delight we received a visit from the Bishop of Angola during his stay in the UK. David Roughley, our lay Reader hosted Bishop Andre during his time in Liverpool and, as can be seen from the picture, took great care of him.
Bishop Andre preached a wonderful sermon on the Gospel passage about Mary and Martha. Mary was commended by Jesus for spending time with Him but consideration was also given to the importance of service. Bishop Andre shared with us about the struggles by His people in Angola face because of poverty, in particular the lack of medical resources available to those who are most vulnerable.