Diocese of Truro seeks to renew Umzimvubu ties
Following a period of unrest within the South African diocese, it is now stabilising and keen to formally renew its relationship with Truro. Despite the end of the official link, many people across the Diocese of Truro have continued to support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Umzimvubu.
Funding for the project has continued with the help of Phyllis Buso and last November Revd Canon David Steven from the Diocese of Truro was able to visit South Africa to see for himself the work of the project and the improvements in the diocese, which is now led by a Vicar-General, Bishop Sitembele, Bishop of Mthatha diocese.
During his visit David stayed with Phyllis and her husband Vuyani and was able to enjoy a display of African dancing during a lunch for over 70 orphans. He was also able to hear updates from Phyllis on the work she and her helpers have been doing on the project which provides regular food parcels to 52 families in need across four parishes as well as providing mentoring, holiday clubs, resources and uniforms for school for orphans and vulnerable children.
Through the Diocese of Truro’s World Church Committee, Phyllis provides regular updates on the project and how the money donated is spent. Sheri Sturgess, who sits on the World Church Committee, said: “It is clear from Phyllis’ emails that the money we provide is much needed and they are very grateful for it. The World Church Committee would like to thank everyone who donates to support this very valuable work.”
The committee and Bishop Tim are keen to encourage everyone in Truro diocese to hold the Diocese of Umzimvubu in their prayers as they seek to recover from the loss of their cathedral and diocesan offices in a fire in November and move towards greater stability.