From 2015 - 2018 Paul worked with the Diocese of Lake Rukwa in Tanzania, setting up a mobile bible school.
Formed in 2010, the diocese covers an area three times the size of Wales but has fewer than 30 parishes. One of the diocese's main challenges is a lack of trained leaders. Paul's mobile bible school is a course that provides foundational training for lay leaders of local churches. The 10-week course is taught in two-week blocks, in between which the students return to their ministry situations. Now Paul has returned to the UK, the mobile bible school is continuing under local leadership.
Paul returned to the UK at the end of December 2018 and has begun working for a church in the Diocese of Blackburn.
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It’s hard to believe that four years have gone just like that! On the other hand, it feels like much has happened in the time.
It was February 2015 when I set out for the Diocese of Lake Rukwa in the wild west of Tanzania. At that time, I had no idea how long I would serve as a trainer of new church leaders in that diocese. As it turned out, and as often happens in Tanzania, I was led to acquire other roles as well in my time there, taking on the work of Diocesan Secretary and being a support to Bishop Mathayo Kasagara. But a combination of circumstances and a sense of God’s timing have led me to return to the UK where I will take up a post in parish ministry in March.
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