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.