A taste of Tanzania for young people from our churches


Nine young people from churches across the diocese flew out to our link dioceses in Tanzania this weekend to experience their first taste of life in Africa and strengthen our links there.

The youth group will be led by the Vicar and Area Dean of Pontefract, the Revd Canon Bob Cooper and will spend ten days touring our link dioceses of Mara, Rorya and Tarime visiting a variety of different building and agricultural projects that the dioceses have grown and developed together over its 27 year link.

Pictured here is a group of young people from Issenye Secondary School

On Saturday July 4 they will join in the celebrations in Musoma Cathedral to give thanks to the outgoing bishop of Mara, Bishop Hilkiah for his work where they will be joined by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson and the former Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten.

The nine are: Beth Grady, 16 from St Edmunds’ Roundhay; Isaac Cooper,16 and Elannah Griffiths, 20 from St Giles’ Pontefract; Brandon Johnson, 17 from St Helen’s Hemsworth; Harriet Beaumont, 16, Milly Gibson, 18 and Bethany Stephenson, 18 all from St Matthew’s Lightcliffe; and Sophie Smith, 18 and Beatrice Mills, 17 both from St John’s Rastrick.

Fr Bob Cooper said: “This trip will strengthen and benefit our links in Tanzania and here in West Yorkshire and the Dales but more than that, it will be a life changing trip for these young people. It will change them forever; they will bring a piece of Africa back in their hearts.”

You can connect with them on Facebook: Mara Youth Visit 2015




Celebration service for the Tanzania-WYAD link at St Giles’ Pontefract. 3 for 3.30pm

For more info about the link and how you can get involved. Contact Revd Canon Stephen Spencer our Tanzanian Link Officer:







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