Church visit to one of poorest nations for Skegby student

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A SKEGBY student was among a group of people who visited one of the poorest countries in the world this month.

They joined the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham the Rt Rev Paul Butler and his wife Rosemary to help people in the country.

The group were from various parishes in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham with links to Burundi, which is rated as one of the five poorest countries in the world with half the population living below the poverty line.

University student Matthew Cotterill from Skegby was part of the group which also included a retired police officer.

The Bishop said ahead of the visit: “This trip reflects part of our commitment to world mission and we will be building relationships in order to establish a long term partnership.

“ Burundi is a fantastic country with a thriving church and although it is officially one of the poorest countries in the world, it has enormous spiritual wealth which we can learn from and perhaps we can offer things, too.”

The group also linked up with Christian Aid projects in the country, building on the new partnership between the Diocese and the national charity.

The group included the recently appointed diocesan Partnerships’ Officer: Developing World Church Links, the Rev Denise Dodd. Other members of the party included student Poppy Richards, retired police officer Alan Stuart; Diversity and Equality officer for the diocese, Dianne Skerritt; the Rev Canon Phil Williams; Team Rector of St Mary’s Hucknall, the Rev Canon Kathryn Herrod; the Rev Philip Thomas; Bishop’s Chaplain, the Rev Lucy Cleland and Diocesan Schools Adviser, Jane Lewis.

The group spent time with people from a variety of churches and also looked at various projects across the area. They also visited schools.

Bishop Paul and Rosemary have visited the country for several years.