“Follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people”

Autumn is always a busy time for our African discipleship programme Rooted in Jesus. A multinational team has just returned from Mozambique, working in the Dioceses of Niassa and Nampula. Niassa was one of the first dioceses to adopt Rooted in Jesus, back in 2006, and it was hugely encouraging to be invited by Bishop Vicente Msosa to go back and to witness the growth both in numbers and in spiritual maturity which has taken place over the last decade or so. Bishop Vicente, who succeeded Bishop Mark Van Koevering two years ago, is determined to pursue this vision for growth, and convinced that a focus on discipleship is the key to the future development of the church in his huge, rural diocese.
It was a great privilege too to visit the brand new diocese of Nampula which has grown out of Niassa and was formally ratified just a few weeks ago, and to be trusted by  Bishop Manuel Ernesto to offer the first training conference for the new diocese.
To read a full report on the two conferences, visit our latest blog post HERE.

News from home

Changes are afoot at home too. After two years as our Administrator, John English has decided to retire; he plans to hit the road in his camper van. We are hugely grateful to John for his faithful and servant-hearted contribution to the first two years of the life of the Mathetes Trust. Thanks to your support we have been able to welcome Jessica Lewin to the team. Jessica will take up her post next week, and we look forward to introducing her to you.

Thank you!

Finally, we are grateful to all who have contributed to our Autumn Appeal for Rooted in Jesus. This has been hugely helpful in securing its future. If you would like to help but haven’t got round to it yet it’s not too late – just click on the purple button. Thank you!

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Rooted in Jesus conference participants at Messumba cathedral, Diocese of Niassa