Only made independent from the mother diocese in Kasulu in 2012, Sospeter N. Ndenza became the first bishop of this young diocese. In the far west of Tanzania and close to the Burundian border, it experiences many challenges.
Our colleague Magdalena Lanz has made one of these challenges her mission, so much so that she returned to Kibondo in her retirement to continue and possibly finish it.
The Conference and Seminar Centre in Kibondo
Located in the remote rural part of Tanzania, education is one of the big challenges in the city and also in the church. With some refugee camps nearby and clusters of aid organisations operating there, Kibondo suddenly became a sought-after town with all its advantages and disadvantages.
Magdalena Lanz dedicated herself to building the conference and seminar centre where the diocese can conduct staff training.
This includes seminars for women, for staff in children’s work, in development, training for church leaders, as well as a grassroots theological training programme for 3, 6 and 9 months. So far, Magdalena Lanz has mostly been active in preparing and running these courses. However, she works with Tanzanian pastors and teachers, who mostly do the teaching themselves.
The buildings are now all as she had planned. However, the plaster, concrete flooring and window glasses are missing in some of the buildings. She would like to finish this work before she retires from these tasks.
has been working in Tanzania for over 40 years as a midwife, nurse, construction manager and coach for former participants of seminars. So: a comprehensive job for the Swiss citizen!