The Anglican Church in Rwanda is holding its first clergy wives conference this weekend in Kigali. Over six hundred clergy wives from across the province will gather from 18-21 August in the capital for four days of worship, teaching, fellowship and sessions to equip them in their ministry. The conference hostess will be Mrs. Changal Mbanda, wife of Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, and the study sessions will be led by Mrs. Hilary McClay, Education Advisor for the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal for World Aid and Development. The Bishops’ Appeal exists to encourage members of the Church of Ireland to engage with, walk alongside and support those people groups and parts of the world who are dealing with the impact of poverty, violence, climate change and suffering.  

A veteran of over 20 years of community development work  in Northern Ireland, Mrs. McClay will encourage the women to draw encouragement from Esther’s story, to make their lives count and to draw strength from prayer, keeping their focus on God’s plans for their lives. “Let’s go on an adventure with God and see how he may use us in the days ahead”, she said according to a report printed by the Diocese of Down and Dromore.