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Part played by MANNA in Bishop’s visit

02 August 2013


From Mr Ian Gordon

Sir, - May I add to your admirable report (News, 26 July) of the recent visit of the Bishop of Angola, the Rt Revd André Soares?

The organisation of the visit was shared between ALMA (the Angola London Moazambique Association) and MANNA (the Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association), of which I am the general secretary. MANNA can trace its history to at least 1906, and has supporters throughout this country and, indeed, around the world.

During his time in Britain, MANNA arranged for Bishop Soares to visit supporting parishes and groups at Inkberrow in Worcestershire, Derby, and Liverpool. The visit to St Bede's with St Clement's, Toxteth, in Liverpool, is significant, because it was from that congregation, in 1925, that Archibald Patterson followed God's call to spread the gospel to Angola.

Not licensed, untrained, and supported by only a few members of the congregation at St Clement's, he established the North Angola Mission, building churches and schools and training pastors - and baptising André Soares in 1958.

André was consecrated the first ever Bishop of the missionary diocese of Angola in 2003, since when the Anglican Church in Angola has grown dramatically. When asked some years ago what his plan for the diocese was, he replied: "Plan? We do not have a plan. We are just rushing along trying to keep up with the Holy Spirit."

MANNA is proud to be supporting such a charismatic bishop. To find out more about the work of MANNA, your readers can contact me at n_grdn@yahoo.co.uk, or by phone on 01303 257 248. The needs of the Church in Angola are many.

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