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A reflection from the Bishop of Dudley

‘Bwana asifiwe’ were the Swahili words I kept hearing during a recent visit to Tanzania. It’s used as a greeting and means ‘Praise the Lord’.

As a group from the Diocese of Worcester visiting our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Morogoro, we were caught up in many times of praise. Together we sang and prayed, talked and danced. People, young and old, seemed to almost burst with joy; the women clicking their tongues from side to side in their mouths to make the unique ululating sound.

Their joyfulness will long remain with me. As we travelled around the diocese, we kept meeting people, especially in remote villages, who, more often than not, had little economic means and little ‘stuff’, yet had lives that were overflowing with generosity, delight, hope and joy.

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