Bishop Elias Chakupewa is the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese of Tabora. Elias was born in 1962 in Kigoma Region near Lake Tanganyika. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree from St. Paul’s University Limuru in Kenya 2006. Bishop Elias did his Masters Degree at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge near Pittsbugh Pennyslivania in USA and Uganda Christian University in Uganda 2007-2009 respectively. He married to Lucy Elijah. Bishop Elias was elected 3rd Bishop of Tabora in 2011 prior to his election Elias was the Diocesan Secretary of the same Diocese.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIOCESE OF TABORA.
“Come and see what God has done...” (psalm 66:5)
On 6th July 2014 the Diocese of Tabora celebrated its 25th anniversary of its existence. The celebrations went very successfully. Many people attended the event including 12 Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
The Diocese of Tabora was inaugurated on 2nd July 1989 with only 10 parishes. The first Diocesan Bishop was the Rt. Rev. Francis Ntiruka who retired in 2005. Bishop Sadock Makaya became the second Bishop of Tabora in 2005. Sadock Makaya was elected third Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in 2010. Following Sadock’s election as bishop of Western Tanganyika, Tabora Diocese became vacant. The current bishop Elias Chakupewa was elected to succeed Sadock on 6th April 2011. Following his election Elias was consecrated and enthroned as third Bishop of Tabora on 29th May 2011.
The diocese has 50 clergy, 35 parishes and about 130 congregations with catechists/Church planters. The diocese is involving in social services by providing education and health care; in doing so the Diocese has one secondary School (St. Peters Tabora), one Health Centre (St. Phillips) and a Girls Hostel for girls students doing studies in a various colleges and schools in Tabora town. Thank God with us for the new building with capacity of 32 beds. The funds for new building came from the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF).
The Diocese of Tabora occupies an area of 96,000 sq km of rural western Tanzania. It is about one tenth of the area of mainland Tanzania. Approximately 2 million people live in the region, around 200,000 in Tabora municipality. Most people are involved in subsistence agriculture – in other words they grow the food they need to feed themselves and their families.
However, there are some cash crops – mainly tobacco, rice and maize. The region is very poor especially after several years of failed or poor harvests due to extreme and unusual weather patterns. The main priorities of the diocese are in Evangelism, Training and Development.
Three Diocesan Priorities
Evangelism, Education and Social development; these are three ford ministry of the Diocese of Tabora. In order to fulfil its mission and vision; the diocese of Tabora for many years has been working closely with the government of Tanzania and Non-governmental organizations to provide social services such as Education, Health and sanitation.
Evangelism: The Diocese of Tabora for many years has been involving in Church planting and Evangelism campaigns. The work of planting new Churches in the Diocese of Tabora will continue to be our first priority maybe until when Jesus comes back! The diocese covers a very huge area but only 34 parishes and about 131 congregations. The department of Mission and Evangelism has been supported by godly people from within and without the country. We are very thankful for that. However, due to the importance of the task of planting Churches in Tabora we are hereby asking for partnership, prayerful and financial support; whoever feels to support please do so. The Coordinator is Rev.Canon Antony Samaga
Education: The diocese of Tabora believes that “without knowledge people perish” (Hosea 4:6). In this regard the diocese of Tabora is so committed to train both clergy and laity in different capacities. We need to train our people to be able to compete with the challenges of the 21st century. However, the economic crisis in Tanzania tend to hinder our endeavors. Please pray for us as we try to seek for funds to send our people for basic and further training. You can help us to train an evangelist, a clergy, a lay person for youth ministry, for women ministry,etc. the opportunity is here, please do involve. In order to set an example and to help the community, the Diocese of Tabora has established St. Peter’s Secondary School which is four year old. The school is doing well in both academic performance and numerical growth. Currently the school has 306 both girls and boys students. Please pray for the school and for all the staff. The main challenge at the moment is buildings. Currently the school is in a great need for class rooms and dormitory; Most of the parents prefer their children to stay in a boarding school and we don’t have enough dormitory to accommodate a such huge growing number of students. Thank God for the ongoing construction of four classrooms. The rooms are expected to be ready for use before July this year 2014.
The Diocese currently is raising some funds to build a bigger and new dormitory for girls. Most parents prefer their daughters to stay at the school. It is a risk for girls to stay far from their school due to increased number of cases of raping and premature pregnancy. Whoever, feels to support our efforts is invited to do so. On the other hand we are very sorry for the fire accident at our school.
Fire at St. Peter’s school. The boy’s dormitory was totally destroyed by fire which occured on Monday night 20th October 2014. Currently the 54 boys affected are sleeping in their classrooms waiting for their national exams, please pray for them. The Education Coordinator and Head master is Mr. Simon Peter. Kyala
Community Development: The Diocese of Tabora for many years has been working closely with the government of Tanzania to provide social services to the community. The Diocese of Tabora believes that the Gospel of Christ should have a holistic approach. In this regard, the diocese of Tabora in the past few years was so active in drilling wells in order to provide safe and clean water to the community, leading campaigns against Malaria and teaching on health and sanitation. However, for the three years now the diocese has no coordinator to supervise and organize a such services. We are asking for whoever, feels to come do come and help us for this position. We are very much thankful to God for the purchase of the new Fuso truck from Japan. The truck will be helping us to carry our goods including building material for school and for st. Phillips Health centre.
The Diocese of Tabora runs a girls’ hostel in the city of Tabora. The hostel is intended to accommodate girls from poor families for low cost who cannot afford to stay in the expensive boarding schools. Currently there are about 77 girls with the newly constructed house which accommodates 32 more girls. The girls are doing studies in different colleges here in the city. We thank God and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund for supporting the construction of the new building.
The St. Phillips Health Center was established in 1999. The clinic serves the community surrounding Tabora municipality and has been a such instrument of bringing people to Christ. The Health Center has services such as HIV/AIDS testing and counselling. Mobile clinic where staff of the St. Phillips clinic go to the villages twice in a week to provide health services including consultation and medication. Dr. Ruth Hulser is in-charge of Clinic and coordinator for the Diocesan Health Department.
Currently, the diocese is looking for a suitable person who can voluntarily work with the diocese in a position of the Development officer for two years or more. The vacancy is open for all regardless either gender, nationality, race or age. We are also looking for suitable person to work with the women Ministry. This position is for women only.
Whoever interested should contact the Bishop of Tabora Diocese either through Mail, email, or telephone. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: (+255) (0) 786686751