Min­is­ter wel­comed

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Simba on 0497 597 127 or email

Born in Zim­babwe, Simba Mus­vamhiri and his wife He­len have set their sights on Tatura to raise their fam­ily of four.

Ear­lier this year Simba re­ceived a phone call from the Angli­can Dio­cese of Bendigo bishop ask­ing if he would be in­ter­ested in­mov­ing to Tatura to preach at the lo­cal church.

Liv­ing in Can­berra at the time, and min­is­ter to a con­gre­ga­tion of 20 peo­ple, the cou­ple dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing to Victoria.

‘‘Some­thing bad re­ally hap­pened while liv­ing in Can­berra, I got di­ag­nosed with stage four Lymph Hodgkin Lym­phoma, so I had to go through ag­gres­sive chemo­ther­apy for six months,’’ Simba said.

Now in re­mis­sion, Simba con­tem­plated leav­ing the church that had taken care of him and his fam­ily.

‘‘I saw great growth in the church be­cause my sick­ness was wit­nessed to many peo­ple there, that saw me un­well, but I had faith,’’ he said.

Simba said he prayed, talked to his wife and to­gether they ‘‘looked up this lit­tle place called Tatura’’.

After vis­it­ing ‘‘the jewel of the crown’’ Simba said they were very in­ter­ested in rais­ing their chil­dren in the area and­made the­move last month.

‘‘Com­ing into the parish of All Saints in Tatura we’ve been lov­ing meet­ing the peo­ple, they have been so, so won­der­ful, so hos­pit- able and so lovely. Their faith has been amaz­ing, they’re ded­i­cated to their life at the church,’’ he said.

Simba said the church had been in ex­is­tence since the late 1800s.

‘‘Peo­ple value the church, and what it means to them, so I come in as a young per­son and see that they are keen to see the church grow, they want to see young fam­i­lies,’’ he said.

Getting to know the com­mu­nity dur­ing the past few weeks, Simba said he was ex­cited about the fu­ture of the church.

‘‘We are look­ing at how to make our church more rel­e­vant to our so­ci­ety, so be­ing on­line, be­ing on Face­book,’’ he said.

Pro­vid­ing Sun­day ser­vices from 10 am, Simba said his style of preach­ing could be de­scribed as ‘‘vi­brant’’.

‘‘All are wel­come, you don’t have to have any fa­mil­iar­ity to church or re­li­gion or prayer just come as you are,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m al­ways will­ing and I’m free to catch-up with any­one that wants to chat or have cof­fee dur­ing the week.’’

All Saints Angli­can Church is on the cor­ner of Ker­ferd and Frances Sts, Tatura.

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