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Konde Diocese

The Lower Susquehanna Synod and the Konde Diocese entered into a companion relationship in 1990.  This relationship gives us the privilege of mutually participating in the life of another church through prayer, study, communication, and exchange of pastors, leaders, visitors and resources.  The Bishop of the Konde Diocese, Israel-Peter Mwakyolile and his wife, Pastor Ngulanda Sambungu Peter visited St. Matthew on September 17, 2006.  They joined us for worship and a reception where Bishop Mwakyolile gave us insights concerning life in their part of sub-Saharan Africa. Tanzania, on the continent of Africa, is an extremely poor nation and only 10% of the children attend middle school or higher - even though education is highly prized. Staggering numbers of people are now infected with HIV/AIDS and the life expectancy is expected to drop to around 30 within a decade.

Our Synod supports the Manow Lutheran Junior Seminary, a secondary school for children in the area and the Itete Hospital with prayer. They also send teachers, nurses, and other assistance including money for scholarships, medical supplies and other needs.

St. Matthew is in a companion relationship with Rwanda parish in Mbeya, Tanzania.  Anyone interested in learning more about the Rwanda parish in particular or the Konde Diocese in general, is invited to contact the church office, 845-2721.



St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church • 839 West Market St. • York, PA 17401-3607
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