Ely Diocese sponsors a number of pastors and catechists (local lay ministers) who are training at Kigali Anglican Theological College (standing in the picture below). Many pastors and catechists took up their roles without theological study or training in the practice of ministry. The Diocese of Kigali is now gradually sending all its pastors and catechists through a training course for ministry at KATC. Some Lordsbridge parishes have contributed to the fund that covers the cost of sponsorship.
Education is highly valued in Kigali, although for various reasons many have not been able to access education beyond primary level. The students expressed heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity for theological education that our sponsorship has brought them.
They gave us this unexpected gift and a message to pass on to those in Ely who are supporting their training.