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Wimborne Team Visit South Sudan *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Feb, 2013 02:28 PM

The Revd Chris Tebbutt (Rural Dean of Wimborne), the Revd Vanessa Herrick (Rector of Wimborne Minster) and Sheila Soper are in South Sudan to foster links between Wimborne Deanery and the Dioceses of Yambio and Nzara.

Wimborne Team Visit South Sudan *Updated

The Wimborne Team with the Bishop of Nzara, Samuel Enosa Peni

They are spending nearly two weeks there between Sunday 20 January and Friday 1 February, teaching and learning in Yambio and Nzara.

The visit forms part of this year’s celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of the Salisbury-Sudan Link.

The latest updates and photos are below. Click here for Chris’ journal.

Thursday 31 January

Vanessa outside the Bishop's house.

07 Vanessa

New cycles purchased with donations from Wimborne Deanery.

08 Motorcycle

09 Cycle 1

10 Cycle 2

Tuesday 29 January

Chris leads a seminar.

03 Chris Leads Seminar

Bishop Samuel presents gifts of motorcycles and bicycles to the Nzara clergy and lay people. Wimborne Deanery has provided much needed repairs and maintenance to the Bishop's Toyota Landcruiser.

05 Bishop Nzara Gifts

A happy Archdeacon on his new motorbike.

06 Nzara Archdeacon

Saturday 26 January

Chris Tebbutt [kneeling bottom right, blue shirt] reminisces about how his footballing days are over as he presents the Bishop of Nzara [on the right, red shirt] and his football team with a whole kit and some footballs. The kit was donated by Stacey Dickinson on behalf of Cranborne Football Club, and the footballs by Canford Magna parish.

02 Bishop Nzara Football

Chris is slightly worried at the long sleeves, given the 42 degree heat, but was reassured by the bishop that it did at times fall to a much chillier 27 degrees  in the cool season!

Friday 25 January

Yambio: some of the motorcycles and bicycles purchased with generous gifts from the Deanery. The man in the white shirt is the new caretaker Bishop Justin. Things can move very fast if you talk to the right person!

01 Bishop Yambio Gifts

Chris says:

Vanessa and I have just finished our first three day seminar on The Lord's Prayer which we've thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot about Yambio and the work of the churches here. Sheila Soper is staying on in Karika for a few days, visiting families from her previous trips here and then joining us on Monday.

Today (Friday) we moved on to Nzara (which has internet connection, hence this note) and we start on Monday with The Lord's Prayer for our remaining three days. Vanessa and I will be in the Cathedral on Sunday and we hope to visit some of the surrounding parishes over the weekend.

It is very cold in Wimborne Deanery, I understand, but it is very hot here. I have a nice room rather than the very basic one in Yambio which I'm sharing with a very large spider called Boris and a very nice lizard Lenny which would like Boris for supper. I'm sure you'd like to swap places!

The Salisbury-Sudan Link
Canford Magna's parish website 
Wimborne Minster's website 

Further information
Contact the Revd Chris Tebbutt: 

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