Mission Action Group

Across the world, we work closely with organisations and individuals providing practical and spiritual help, training and education. The group overseeing how we spend our money on these projects is the MISSION ACTION GROUP or MAG, chaired by Paul White.

Bishop Given and the Diocese of Kondoa: Tanzania

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In this amazing photograph taken in July 2021, Bishop Given and his team celebrate the ordination of eight new clergy, seven of whom have recently graduated from the Kondoa Bible College with a Provincial Certificate in Theology.  A number of these new Pastors were sponsored by folk from the Rochester Diocese.

The photo is taken in front of the Kondoa Cathedral – the Cathedral of St. Paul the Evangelist to the Gentiles.  Progress has been phenomenal, with the two-storey building standing out like a beacon for Christianity in the community of Kondoa.  Furthermore the NBC Tanzanian national broadcast of the Christmas Eve service in 2021 was held at the new Kondoa cathedral.

In June 2022 the Cathedral was completed. 

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June 2022

St P & P Primary School

The growth of St. Peter & St. Paul Primary School continues from strength to strength. Principal Conjesta has been overseeing the expansion of the school to over a hundred pupils, with a waiting list of a further thirty young hopefuls.  Bishop Given and Conjesta recently expressed their huge thanks to Tonbridge Parish Church for providing the half-school fee for the year to help parents, pupils, and the school to ease through the crisis of the pandemic.
More information can found in this brochure which has been developed by Principal Conjesta and Canon Sue Chalkley to promote the school. Please email kondoa.cdsg@gmail.com for a donation form if you are interested in making a donation to support this project.
At the end of 2021 Bishop Given shared some exciting outreach news in the Dicoese of Kondoa: 

During October and in partnership with the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, 800 ordained priests, evangelists/catechists and youth leaders joined together for a big outreach initiative comprising evangelism, church planting, seminars, and house visits across the villages and towns in the Diocese of Kondoa. 

The main objective was to baptize 5000 new believers and plant new churches. The results were encouraging: 1234 houses were visited, 1762 people were newly baptized, 2470 people accepted Jesus as their Lord and personal Saviour and started a new faith journey, and 5 new congregations were planted.

Please pray for the new believers and newly baptized, and for discipleship to nurture these new congregations. 

Bishop Given and his wife Lillian are visiting our parish on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August. Everyone will have a chance to talk to them - more details to follow.

We are pleased to share an exciting report about Tearfund’s very successful CCMP project in Kondoa, which St James, Tunbridge Wells has been funding for four years.  The initial project, working in five parishes, has now concluded and Bishop Given is keen for it to move to another five parishes in the south east of the Diocese. 


The Langham Partnership: Global

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Trains pastors, equips students and leaders, distributes books; Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and the USA http://uk.langham.org/  
January 2022:
  • Preaching: Facilitators and national coordinators support pastors and preachers with training materials. In the last 3 years 20,000 pastors have been helped, 9,000 of which were last year in spite of the pandemic.
  • Langham Literature: One million books have been distributed so far since Langham started. Last year alone, nearly 7000 books were written, translated, published and sent out to over 600 Majority World Colleges.   
  • Langham Scholars: More than 300 scholars from over 80 countries have been given grants, mentoring and support to complete their PhDs, before returning to teach in their own countries. Each scholar trains on average 7733 pastors in their lifetime. This year alone, 90 more scholars will be supported.  
  • General: Chris Wright, our former curate, is Langham Global Ambassador, and is much in demand as a lecturer and preacher all over the world.  
Reports for 2021 - 22 for the Langham Partnership can be found HERE

Bishop Ken Barham: Cyangugu, Rwanda

Bishop Ken has been instrumental in laying Cyangugu Diocese’s foundation much of which was during the years immediately follow the genocide in 1994.  Since his retirement in 2001, Bishop Ken and his wife Jill have worked continuously to raise funds to support the continued development of the Diocese. The Church has grown enormously with many churches created, guest houses built to generate income as well as schools and health centres.  Recognition of this work was given by the Rwandan Government and Bishop Ken was awarded an OBE.

Bishop Ken and his wife continue to raise funds for the Church in East Africa via Links International and this is currently working well for the donations made by this Parish.


Overseas Mission Fellowship: the Gelsthorpe family, Japan

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Family photo December 2021

The Gelsthorpes are missionaries from the UK based in rural north Japan
Read all their latest news, including family life, in their January 2022 prayer letter.

High Hopes: Tonbridge, UK

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E&M Dec 2021

High Hopes has links with 35+ schools in the Tonbridge area. In normal times they lead assemblies on a weekly basis in rotation. Their aim is to introduce children to the person of Jesus Christ and His life changing teaching. 

The pandemic prevented personal visits so with the help of our church new equipment was purchased to enable the production of videos to share in class groups as 'bubble worship.' All material is now accessible via the High Hopes YouTube Channel, including:
  • Weekly bubble worship for smaller groups in 35 schools  
  • Online Christmas Panto, Easter and Advent video series
  • Special Videos for reflection at specific times like Remembrance Sunday
  • Fun Club videos, for example, ‘How might the animals feel on exiting the Ark?’
The material has been well received by schools and new schools not previously visited have now asked to access the video material for bubble worships and teaching on the recovery curriculum using unchanging Christian truths. More information can be found on their website.