“July 19-22 2011, Bishop Mwita Akiri will participate in the Common Life Mission Conference in Waikanae New Zealand. The theme of the conference is "Shaping the Church for Mission". Let us gather as one church to worship, study, learn, share, renew, envision and enable our passion for Mission together.There will be a variety of workshops reflecting our 5 aspects of mission.1) Proclaiming the good news of the kingdom2) Teaching, baptising and nurturing new believers3) Responding to human need by loving service4) Seeking to transform unjust structures of society5) Striving to sustain the integrity of creationWith presentations from our mission partners including NZCMS, SOMA, the Anglican Church of PNG, the Diocese of Polynesia, the Diocese of Jerusalem, the Anglican Church of Melanesia and CWS.Bishop Akiri will be leading a workshop "The Unfolding Drama of Mission in a New Diocese in Tanzania, East Africa" Workshop Info:Mission is dramatic in the new Diocese of Tarime, east of Lake Victoria in the far western part of the Serengeti National Park. It is mission through committed leadership of women, soccer (football) evangelism targeting young people outside the Church. It is mission through worship in makeshift places of worship and walls without roofs, and community development projects. Poor Christians with little resources are committed to sacrificial giving to support mission. Yet this unfolding drama is not without the challenges. Tarime is a diocese in an area that is a cultural and political hotspot, nationally and internationally. The outdated practice of female genital mutilation is rampant. It is a stronghold of a major opposition party in Tanzania. Unwillingly, it is hosting one the world's gold mining giants. Where else could one be serving the Lord?
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