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Morogoro, Tanzania

Morogoro, Tanzania

Christian Mission in the Anglican tradition began in the Morogoro area through the dedicated work of the Church Missionary Society at the end of the nineteenth century. Over the next few decades, the hard work of sowing the seeds of a living faith in Christ led slowly to the creation of an Anglican Province of Tanzania from eight dioceses in 1970. One of these eight dioceses, formed only five years earlier in 1965, was the Diocese of Morogoro. There are now 27 dioceses which form the Anglican Church in Tanzania, and that number is expected to increase through growth in the church. In 2011, after much prayer and discussion, the Diocese of Worcester signed a Friendship Agreement with the Diocese of Morogoro.

About the Diocese of Morogoro

The Diocese of Morogoro covers an area of 80,339 square kilometres and encompasses some of the most beautiful scenic areas within the country, including the Ukaguru and the Uluguru mountain ranges. Most of the inhabitants of the Diocese live in rural areas which are often remote with a smaller number living in small towns and in the ‘hub’ city of Morogoro, where the Bishop, Cathedral and staff team are based. The Diocesan Bishop is the Rt Revd Godfrey Sehaba, who was elected and ordained Bishop in 2008.

Morogoro city has a population of around 250,000 making it the sixth largest city in Tanzania. The diocese as a whole has a population of around 1,000,000. Christians in mainland Tanzania form around 30% of the population, with around 35% identifying with Islam, and 35% following African Traditional Religions. The diocese lives with a strong sense of mission to all living within its boundaries.

The main institutions within the Morogoro Diocese are  the Bible College in Morogoro, the Hospital with a School of Nursing in Berega, together with an Orphanage and Bible School (also in Berega). The School of Nursing has recently hosted its first graduation ceremony. Berega Hospital also run a Medical Mission in the village of Tunguli.

The main areas for growth and development within the Diocese are education and training at all levels, community development, better health provision for all, but especially in maternal health and, also, in church planting and the growth of new Christians able to own and articulate their faith.

Our Friendship Link

The Friendship Link between our two Dioceses has led to an ever deepening bond between us as we are pledged to learn from one another, pray for one another and to share our common faith in Jesus Christ. Since 2011 there have been many visits between our Dioceses of a truly reciprocal nature. In particular it has been a joy to witness the growth of links between many schools in Worcester and Morogoro which has been to the benefit of pupils and teachers who have shared their different worlds and approaches to life. At the moment a number of parish links are in the process of development and we look forward to exciting new developments in this area. Finally, our Friendship Link has led to many developments in the area of better health care within Morogoro Diocese, especially at Berega Hospital and to the creation of a small independent charity pledged to serve those who live in the village of Tunguli. Within our own Diocese we have been challenged by our friends in the Link to be more focused in growing faith in others, so that they will live it with such joy that the Church will grow both numerically and in spiritual depth so as to be better equipped to serve Christ in the world.

On the 30th November 2015 the Diocese of Morogoro celebrates its Jubilee and we hope to be able to share with them in their joy at what has been achieved and in their hopes for the future, as both they and we continue to serve the Risen Christ in a faith which transforms our lives and enriches our discipleship.

More information

If you would like to be a part of the Companion Link between our two Dioceses please do contact John Green, Chair of the Morogoro Link Group, 01789- 400213 ddocropthorne@waitrose.com

Tractor for Tunguli

Tunguli tractor as boughtWe have been renovating a Massey Fergusson tractor with the help of Moreton Morrell Agricultural College in Warwickshire and Mission Morogoro, a small independent charity. The tractor will make a major difference to the lives of villagers in Tunguli. 

The project was started in 2013 when the then Archdeacon of Worcester found a old tractor being sold at auction. Following a complete refurbishment by the students at Moreton Morrell, it's hoped that the tractor will be delivered to Tunguli in July 2015.

Read the story of the tractor for Tunguli

Bishop John blesses the tractor ahead of its journey on 23 March 2015