Reverend reveals Rwandan mission

A VERY special visitor travelled thousands of miles to speak to people in Worle. Reverend Emmanuel Gasana, who is the principal of the Canon Trapnell Bible School in Shyogwe in Rwanda, gave a talk at St Martin's Church. The archdeacon is spending the whol

A VERY special visitor travelled thousands of miles to speak to people in Worle.Reverend Emmanuel Gasana, who is the principal of the Canon Trapnell Bible School in Shyogwe in Rwanda, gave a talk at St Martin's Church.The archdeacon is spending the whole of May in Weston and Worle and when he visited congregations in Church Road he spoke to parishioners about his country and what facilities are needed there.St Martin's, along with St Mark's and Mead Vale Community Church, have a link with the diocese in Rwanda and members of the congregations will travel to the country in September to work on building a new training centre there.Janet Brown, a member of Mead Vale Community Church, is one of the seven volunteers going on the trip on September 5.The 59-year-old, of Cornwallis Avenue, Worle, first travelled to Rwanda and met her lifetime friend Edith when she was 21. She volunteered as a teacher for two years at a boarding school before going on to become the head at an African girls' domestic science school.The friends talk regularly and Edith has told Janet all about the orphans in her country.Janet said: "We are trying to raise £5,000 at the moment to build a training centre where orphans and people who are desperately poor can learn skills like carpentry and can make things to sell."The average weekly wage in Rwanda is £2 so the new facilities will provide people with an income they can live on."I took Rev Gasana for a walk on the Grand Pier in Weston and he said he hadn't ever seen anything like it. He said that we live in paradise."The group of volunteers will hold a sponsored walk in Wick St Lawrence on June 2 and a music concert at St Mark's Church on June 17 to raise money for the Rwanda appeal.Anyone who would like to support Janet and the other volunteers, Canon David Dale, Peter and Christine Muir, Jon and David Brown and Jo Snell, can call 01934 514255.


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