A new relationship
Since 2009 Lui Diocese has formed a new link with the Blackmore Vale Deanery, part of Salisbury Diocese in England. Blackmore Vale is a rural area of Dorset in Southern England, comprising small towns, villages and farming communities, which means it has much in common with the Lui area.
Anne Powell and Warren Ingham-Barrow from Blackmore Vale visited Lui, together with the group from Missouri Diocese, USA in November 2009. Warren had the privilege of preaching at the English-language service in Fraser Cathedral. Warren is pictured left with fellow missioners, member of Fraser Cathedral congregation and CMS missionaries Heather and David Sharland. Anne and Warren were able to teach management and administration skills at a major conference for pastors and Mothers' Union members from Lui Diocese. They also visited the major sites and facilities in the Diocese so that they could give a series of illustrated talks on their return to Blackmore Vale to inform church members about Lui.
A second group from Blackmore Vale visited between 4 and 12 November 2010. Rev Shirley Smith, Jeannie Stevens and Anne Powell we part of a joint group with the Diocese of Missouri, USA and Diocese of Lund, Sweden.