St Asaph is linked with the Diocese of South West Tanganyika in Tanzania.
Subsistence farming is the way of life for a substantial proportion of the population and diet is limited and monotonous. Churches are well attended and lively. Tanzanians cannot go for long without bursting into song.
It’s not as hot as you might imagine as most of the diocese is between 3,800 feet and 6,000 feet above sea level. Temperatures range from 15° to 25° for most of the year and there is plenty of rain. It’s much hotter on the shores of Lake Nyasa.
Much of the area is still heavily wooded but an expanding population is cutting down trees quickly. There is only one tarmacked road in the whole diocese. Most people travel on foot or by bus.
Since the link was established in 2009, numerous visits from individuals and groups have taken place.
In 2013 the Revd Mike and Roz Harrison visited South West Tanganyika for six weeks and Drs Adrian and Hilary Murray made two shorter visits to the mountain village of Milo and its hospital.
Mike and Roz established several small projects and since their return have been visiting parishes to make parish links between North Wales and South West Tanganyika.
In 2015 Mike and Roz took a second trip where they were able to visit the projects and see progress.
There are currently links between the following parishes and deaneries.
In addition Pontblyddyn and Llanfynnydd have supported beehives in Mafinga and Mapagoro has received a donation towards the pig sharing project from St Tudfil’s Ladies’ Craft Group in Coedpoeth, where the original five pigs have grown to twelve.
We would love to find a partner for the remote lakeside parish of Mbongo.
What does a link parish do?
Link parishes pray for each other regularly. Where possible they write and exchange email information with one another. The North Wales parishes try to support self sustaining development projects in SW Tanganyika.
£100 can buy two pigs, two goats or 4 chickens. Some offspring are passed onto a village family thus enabling both the church to have an income generating project and local people to benefit.
Father of all mercies, we thank You for calling us in the fellowship of Your Son, and for making us One in Him. Bind us we pray, so that the fellowship between South West Tanganyika and St Asaph may grow and that we may enrich one another and continually glorify You in all ways. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Dad pob trugaredd, diolchwn i Ti am ein galw yng nghymdeithas Dy Fab, ac am ein gwneud yn Un ynddo Ef. Rhwym ni, erfyniwn arnat, del bydd y gymdeithas rhwng De Orlelewin Tanganyika a Llanelwy yn tyfu ac y byddwn yn cyfoethogi ein gilydd, gan dy fawrygu Di’n barhaus ym mhopeth a wnawn. Drwy’r un lesu Grist ein Harglwydd. Amen
Baba wa rehema zote, tunakushukuru kwa kutuita katika ushirika wa Mwana wako, na kwa kutufanya wamoja katika Yeye. Tunaomba utuunganishe ndani yake, ili ushirika kati ya South West Tanganyika na St Asaph uweze kukua na kutajirishwa, na daima tukutukuze wewe katika mambo yote. Kwa yeye Yesu Kristo Bwana wetu. Amen.