AGHERTON PARISH CHURCH
Harvest Appeal 2022
Part 1.... YEI
This August we were delighted to welcome Bishop Levi and his wife Mama Agnes all the way from the diocese of Yet in the souther Sudan. During their short trip they spent some time with Rev Malcolm, Brian, Frank Dobbs, members of the Mothers' Union and other parishioners chatting and sharing lots of information about life in our respective dioceses.
Bishop Levi told how many of his clergy are unpaid and somehow have to try and fund themselves independently. He revealed that one of his main priorities for the diocese of Yei is to try and generate an income for pastors and local people for evangelism, discipleship and to try and improve training for teachers and clergy. Of the 110 teachers working at present in Yei only 13 are trained. The way he intends to do this is by establishing a diocesan-wide coffee growing enterprise.
The Select Vestry have agreed that the best way Agherton can help and support Bishop Levi and his diocese in their initiative would be to bring a person from YEI to Agherton to work shadow for a period of approximately eight weeks. During this time the person would be trained in the use of IT and project management help draw up a business model to best manage the venture, thus seeding a way that the diocese can support their clergy. It is estimated that our involvement would be a two year commitment costing £2500 per year (this being a years salary) to support the people of YEI in this way.
Click the white arrow on the image to hear a message from Bishop Levi.
MORE news to follow as we get more details about the project
Should the Harvest Appeal raise more than £5000, which it now has, it was agreed by the Select Vestry that any surplus funds should go to help the people of Pakistan as they struggle to deal with the consequences of their recent catastrophic floods. It is proposed to channel this funding through the annual Connor Bishop's Appeal.