African link celebrates 25 years of community spirit

visit of Bishop Hilkiah Omindo of Mara diocese in Tanzania with his wife Martha and members of St Martin's Church, Brighouse, and St John's Church and St Matthew's Church in Rastrick who all help and support parishes in Mara
visit of Bishop Hilkiah Omindo of Mara diocese in Tanzania with his wife Martha and members of St Martin's Church, Brighouse, and St John's Church and St Matthew's Church in Rastrick who all help and support parishes in Mara

Brighouse church members from the Wakefield Diocese welcomed a special visitor from their parish in Africa.

Bishop Hilkiah Omindo of the Mara Diocese in Tanzania paid a visit to St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, to mark 25 years of partnership between the churches.

A meal was held along with other members from St John’s and St Matthew’s churches, Rastrick, before a service was given by Bishop Omindo.

Rev Stephen Spencer from St Martin’s said: “Bishop Omindo wanted to thank people for their support over the years and their friendship.

“That support has made people in the parish of Mara feel more confident and the church has grown amazingly over the 25 years.”

Thanks to the support of all three churches who have each donated on average £750 a year, it has enabled people in Africa to build wells, set up community projects, set up goat farming and helped with HIV Aids prevention.

As well as visiting Brighouse, Bishop Omindo held a thanksgiving service at Wakefield Cathedral which was attended by 300 parishioners.