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The Episcopal Area

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For information about St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Addis Ababa, go to: http://stmattsaddis.org/ 

For information about the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Egypt, go to: http://dioceseofegypt.org/explore/horn-of-africa/

For information about the Bishop of the Horn of Africa, go to: http://www.grantandwendy.com/

Andrew Proud was consecrated bishop in April 2007, to serve a new Episcopal Area set up within the Diocese of Egypt to cover the Horn of Africa. The Episcopal Area covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia. 

The new Episcopal Area was set up from scratch in 2007. This involved finding money for office rent, a modest residence for the bishop, buying a 4x4 pick-up and appointing staff. The new Episcopal Area means that more regular visits have been made to the Gambella and elsewhere in the Horn of Africa. In Gambella, five men ordained in 2008 and in 2009, 9 men were selected under the new Diocesan policy, and were ordained deacon in February 2010.  With a major grant from Irish Aid (through CMS Ireland) a new Anglican Centre has been built in Gambella, to house a large Community Library, training facilities, office, guest accommodation, canteen and to house the hugely successful TEE programme. As of January 2011, there are now 53 churches, clustered into Mission Centres, on the spider model, served by a full-time paid priest. Policies and procedures have been written, in response to circumstances, including a comprehensive Parish Handbook. A second Community Library was opened next to the Episcopal Area office, in  Addis Ababa, in December 2009. 


In the future, we intend to take the TEE programme to its second phase, rolling out the three Certificate course and setting up a diploma programme. The TEE programme was successfully evaluated in February 2009 by Chester University and USPG. We also want to see all our Mission Centres grow; the Anglican Centre in Gambella up and running; NSM clergy/worker priests in the villages, reaching out into new areas and Mission Centres being self-supporting financially. 

In the rest of the Episcopal Area, we are working towards re-building the damaged church in Hargheisa (with a community library with an inter-faith aspect to it); and to persuade the Mission to Seafarers to appoint a port chaplain in Djibouti.