Give today to enable local mission in Simbai
The Bishop's Lent Appeal 2018 focuses on enabling local mission in Simbai, Papua New Guinea. In this remote community the church building is the hub of village life.
- help to develop a larger church building;
- facilitate new mission initiatives with the young people of this scattered community; and
- support people, such as giving Lynn and Tony Fry periodic Retreat and Refreshment breaks (see below).
About the appeal
In Simbai, our 50 year old link feels more alive than ever as Lynn and Tony Fry (priest and market gardener) from East Harling are volunteering for a two/three year period in the Anglican Vocational Training College.
Lynn and Tony are working against enormous odds where getting about depends on a Mission Aviation Fellowship 10 seater plane (weather permitting); where there is no electricity; where their bathroom is a combination of a stream at the bottom of the garden and a pit lavatory, and where they cook over a solitary paraffin flame.
Meanwhile the Bishop there (whose wife Jessicah was with us in Lent 2014) would like to double the size of the church building which is the hub of village life. Bishop Nathan has recruited a builder/priest from Suffolk, the Rev’d Barrie Slatter, to help deliver this. Barrie has already worked with Bishop Nathan over two other church building projects in that diocese; one of which our Bishop Graham helped to consecrate in 2015. So this year’s Lent Appeal is aimed at supporting their mission in Simbai.
We hope and pray you will find this a worthwhile cause to support.
Below are some photographs of work starting on one of the main projects.