World Mission Committee
Diocese of Fort Worth
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Equipping The Saints
Prayers of thanksgiving for Martín Cordova for his leadership as Director of La Gran Familia. Thank God for the positive, Christian, nurturing, and structured atmosphere at LGF. Please pray for safety and security of those most precious children, youth, and employees of La Gran Familia in this time of severe unrest in Cuauhtémoc. Pray for God's angels to surround the alberque and Cristo Rey Anglicana in order that no harm come to them that love Him. Ask these things in Jesus name.
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The fabric you see here was commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our relationship between the Diocese of Ft. Worth and the Diocese of Northern Malawi. It has the Official Seal of both Diocese, This 43" x 76" limited edition custom print fabric is available from the World Mission Committee email Kristi Heffron at email@example.com
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Team from Christ The Redeemer visits Malawi in June
Our Companion Relationship continues to grow strong as teams take the time to visit and deliver our love in person.
La Gran Familia
A New Partner in Ministry Aldea Infantil Warupa
By Glenn Polhemus
Last year the board of La Gran Familia decided that we should find ways to support other ministries that work in Mexico that are deserving of and need our financial help and prayer support. The first ministry that we assisted is Casa Bethesda in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. A facility that cares for disabled children and young adults. Recently, I went to visit Aldea Infantil Warupa. It is located near San Pablo de la Sierra about two hours to the West of Cuauhtémoc in a remote mountainous area; home to the indigenous Tarahumara.
There is a school there for the multitude of
“...a large part of the child population does not have access to education... ”
Indians that live in the mountains. However, many of the Indians live too far away from the school for their children to walk to and from classes every day. The families might have a horse, but they cannot afford cars or trucks.
Warupa Children's Village was founded by two women, Guadalupe Hernandez and Ce-cilia Mijares. It is a boarding school where the families send their kids every Monday
through Friday afternoon to live, while attending the public school. They return to spend the weekends with their parents. The shelter also provides health care, and food to children of the communities.
Warupa has separate dormitories for boys and girls, a cafeteria, and two buildings used
for meeting rooms and classrooms for family gatherings. There is running water, but there is no electrical service. Light in the evening is provided by batteries, charged by solar panels. Each building has two panels.
The ages of the children start with a four year old and the oldest is a high school student. In the winter, it gets very, very cold and the buildings are warmed with wood burning stoves, and each dorm has a wood burning hot water heater. La Gran Familia has offered them help and will provide solar panels, batteries, and electrical wiring for their two newest buildings.
Reprint from LGF July Newsletter
Fort Worth's Bishop Jack Iker and Northern Malawi's Bishop Fanuel Magangani enjoyed the opportunity to visit with each other on several occasions during May and June. Bishop Magangani traveled to North Texas along with two priests from the Diocese of Northern Malawi.
Bishop Magangani successfully completed his doctoral program in Pastoral Leadership and graduated from Nashotah House in late May. Bishop Magangani is most grateful to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Fort Worth for their sponsorship and assistance in securing a grant from the Thomas M. and Helen McKee and John P. Ryan Foundation, which made it possible for him to pursue this advanced degree program. A reception celebrating his graduation took place at St. Andrew's in Fort Worth in May.
Bishop Magangani receives his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership from Nashotah House
Bishop Magangani and the clergy from the Diocese of Northern Malawi rejoice after a joyous visit to Fort Worth
Bishop Fanuel Magangani celebrated a successful visit to Fort Worth in May and June. The bishop’s visit was full of activity as he visited with friends, attended graduation at Nashotah House, visited parishes throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth and worked to advance the initiatives of the Diocese of Northern Malawi and grow the companion relationship with the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Fr. Edward Juta and Fr. Allan Kandeya also joined the bishop in Texas and spent two weeks receiving training, visiting churches, making presentations, meeting new people and being exposed to Texas life in all of its various forms.
(L to R) Bishop Fanuel Magangani, Fr. Allan Kandeya and Fr. Edward Juta
Malawians receive a Texas Welcome at Airport
Fr. Chris Culpepper and Bill Meyer from Christ the Redeemer along with the Fraser sisters from St. Laurence and others greeted Bishop Magangani and his team at DFW Airport with warms hugs and big smiles as well as a few welcome signs.
Take me out to the ballgame!
The World Mission Committee treated the Malawian guests to a taste of Americana at the Texas Rangers game. Although they found the game a little confusing and difficult to follow, they loved the firework show at the game's conclusion. (Pictured left to right: Fr. Edward Juta, Fr. Allan Kandeya, Bishop Magangani and Fr. John Jordan from St. Laurence in Southlake.)
An Introduction to Texas BBQ
A welcome dinner was hosted in honor of the Malawian team. Friends, old and new, from throughout the diocese came for fellowship, good food and fun (and of course, an introduction to the Texas summer heat!).
Bishop Magangani celebrates
the Rite of Confirmation
Bishop Magangani celebrated the Rite of Confirmation at St. Laurence Church in Southlake, confirming three and receiving one, in both English and Chichewa, Memorial Day Weekend. Later in the same day, the bishop confirmed three others at St. Andrew's in Fort Worth. One of the confirmations was a result of a special request from one of St. Laurence's young people who traveled to Malawi last summer as part of a short-term mission.
Malawi Clergy join the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer in Fort Worth celebrated its 10th Anniversary with great music and food at the Trailhead at Clear Fork on June 3rd. The Malawi team joined in the festivities through song and fellowship, treating the crowd to some Malawian music. Christ the Redeemer has had an ongoing relationship with the Diocese of Northern Malawi since its inception and has sent several mission teams to Malawi, including a group of 24 members led by Fr. Chris Culpepper during the summer of 2017.
Malawi Team gets introduced to Golf
Jim and Elizabeth McCoy (left), members of Christ the Redeemer, introduced Fr. Allan Kandeya to the game of golf at Bishop Iker's Charity Golf Tournament in June. Fr. Scott Wilson (right) teases Fr. Kandeya about finally finding his ball.
La Gran Familia
Fr. Juta and Fr. Kandeya visit churches throughout the diocese
The Malawi clergy continued their introduction to the Diocese of Fort Worth with visits to area churches where they were received warmly by Fort Worth clergy and parishioners alike.
Fr. Allan Kandeya and Fr. Edward Juta preached, sang, joined in bible studies, toured churches and learned about the parish life of many churches throughout the diocese. The priests were humbled to see the photos of Centurion priest partners featured in many Fort Worth-area churches and honored to receive vestments and altar serving pieces to take home to share with their churches in Malawi.
The tour included visits to the following churches: St. Anne's in Fort Worth, Good Shepherd in Granbury/Acton, Holy Comforter in Cleburne, Christ the King and All Saints in Fort Worth, St. John's in Fort Worth, St. Andrew's in Fort Worth, Christ the Redeemer in Fort Worth, St. Laurence in Southlake and Holy Apostles in Fort Worth.
How do you say "cowboy" in Chichewa? Yee-haw!
A visit to Texas would not be complete without a visit to a barn and a chance to ride horses!
Fr. Stuart Smith and Philip Craig arranged for the team at Camp Crucis to set up a tour and trail ride for Fr. Allan Kandeya and Fr. Edward Juta. It was their first time ever to ride horses and a memory they won't soon forget!
Thanks be to God for the special partnership between the Diocese of Fort Worth and the Diocese of Northern Malawi and for Bishop Fanuel's graduation from Nashotah House.
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker