New Bishop for our link diocese of Rorya

One of our link dioceses has a new bishop. 

The Revd Canon Musa Yamo was consecrated as the second Bishop of the diocese of Rorya in Tanzania on Sunday May 23 by the Archbishop of Tanzania and twenty other bishops.

The diocese of Rorya was created out from the diocese of Mara in 2011.

Bishop Musa, who at age 43 is the youngest Bishop in Tanzania, said: “The Cathedral was packed for my consecration service which began at 9am and lasted for over four hours. 

“The preacher was Bishop Dr Dickson Chilongani, my former principal at Msalato Theological College. 

“He preached on John 21:15-17 and emphasized 4 things for my ministry as a bishop: first, to love Jesus more than those I lead; second, that I should not love wealth and possession more than loving Jesus; third, that I must do not lead the Lord’s sheep with anger; and fourth, that I must encourage everyone to love one another.”

The new Bishop faces some big challenges in one of the poorest dioceses in Tanzania, including literacy, finance, infrastructure and transport for clergy.

Bishop Tony, who chairs our Tanzanian Link Committee said: “Please keep Bishop Musa in your prayers as he faces significant challenges in a very poor diocese. 

“If any parish in our diocese would like to support the new Bishop or have a link with a parish in Tanzania please do get in touch with me. 

“Our link with Tanzania goes back to 1989 and over £3 million has been sent to support the churches there. 

“However, there are still many challenges for a new diocese like Rorya. 

“Anything we can do will mean that we stand ‘Bega kwa bega’ which translates to ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’.”

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