Karagwe: In Mid April this year, a delegation of four people visited Karagwe Diocese. It included deacons and pastors from Church of Sweden namely, Rev. Lisa Froberg, Deacon Jorgen, Deacon, Linda and Deacon Ingel. Vasteras Diocese of Church of Sweden (CoS) has been partners with Karagwe Diocese (KAD) since 2013. Last year, two deacons from Karagwe Diocese visited CoS and thus, created partnership within another partnership (between deacons from the two Dioceses. This partnership is more focused with Diaconia (helping the poor of the poor). An official reception was held involving the visitors and the KAD Diocesan management whereby Dean Yoram gave a welcome word to the visitors on behalf of the Diocese.
The delegation had an opportunity to visit some vulnerable families that are supported through the Diaconia department. Besides, they also visited some other institutions, projects and parishes. Some of them include; Nyakahanga hospital, KAD head office, Tegemeo Primary School.
On the 18th of April, the delegation from Sweden joined together with the deacons and other KAD officials for a get together meeting that was held at Tumushubire in Nkwenda. The meeting was opened by prayer by Dean Yoram Karusya of Karagwe Diocese who after, welcomed the guests and introduced the agenda to the participants. The main agenda was about Deacon Work from the two Dioceses of Karagwe and Vasteras. Rev. Enock Thobias who is the head of Diaconia department of Karagwe Diocese gave a brief history of the work of Diaconia within Karagwe Diocese, how it started and where it is heading relating to what the visitors experienced during their visit in parishes. The head of Tumushubire community (union of deacons of Karagwe Diocese) also gave a brief explanation on the progress of the institutions.
On the other hand, the delegation also shared on Diaconia work in Sweden. Diaconia work in Sweden is also focused to assist people who need help in different places. More importantly, education at university level (degree) before one is ordained to become a deacon. Therefore, with Diaconia, KAD and Vasteras have a common ground in assisting the needy people in the societies.
After hearing from both sides, discussions were allowed so as to get the way forward. It was agreed between the two sides to continue with to and fro communications, sharing experiences, exchange visits. The General Secretary thanked the Diocese of Vasteras for planning the visits. “This will continue to energize and strengthen both of us as brothers and sisters in Christ, he concluded. “
On the 19th April, some members of the KAD management gathered for a farewell function to the visitors. They thanked the hosts for the hospitality and cooperation they were shown during their time in Karagwe. They left Karagwe on the 20th of April, 2015 back to Sweden.
The partnership journey between the two Dioceses grows from day to day. In May this year, a delegation from KAD shall visit CoS. It will include all church district pastors and other Diocesan staff. This is one way of making the partnership stronger, because through exchange visits, there is a lot to learn from each other. Karibu tena Karagwe.
Text: Linda Mambo