James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

Two Nights in Kongwa: missionary past to missionary present

Two nights at St Philip’s Theological College in Kongwa, en route from Kondoa Diocese to Mpwapwa.  The College was founded over 100 years a go by CMS-linked missionaries – and indeed the guest house where goes back to those days.  The setting is stunning, at the foot of dramatic hills 5 kms outside Kongwa, the District town.   St Philip’s is a resource for the whole Province of Tanzania, so not strictly part.. Read More

A Week in Kondoa: of leadership and gender

Part of our visit to Kondoa Diocese was for their Mothers’ Union conference – at which Bridget was somewhat surprised to find herself guest of honour and speaker.  At the closing service, one of the leading members stood up and thanked Bishop Given for his encouragement and defence of the place of women in the church.  A casual observer might find that a rather strange comment as the leadership (ordained and lay) of.. Read More

A Week in Kondoa: of projects and resources

Could I survive as Bishop of Rochester without a car?  Almost certainly, Yes.  It might take a bit longer to get there, but there’s hardly anywhere in the Diocese I couldn’t reach by train and/or bus, with the occasional taxi thrown in.  For the Bishop of Kondoa, it is a very different picture.  Getting to most areas of the Diocese for a Confirmation Service or an evangelistic programme requires several hours (or more).. Read More

A Week in Kondoa: of food and generosity

Arriving in Kondoa Diocese for the third time begins to feel a bit like coming home.  The connections with the Diocese of Rochester have developed so much over the last few years that there is a growing sense of connection.  This time last year, I was here to express support during a time of serious drought and food shortage.  People in Rochester had responded wonderfully to our request for support and as a.. Read More