On April 18, priests Alexey Lopatin and Nikola Bobkov went on a working visit to Uganda. Dean of Ugandan parishes fr. Nikola and the iconom of these parishes, Fr. Alexey, will visit local Old Believer communities for ten days, take part in divine services, and transfer the collected material and humanitarian aid. Following the visit, a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Uganda is scheduled.
In the parish of the capital, the delegation from Russia was warmly welcomed by the rector of the Church of Joachim and Anna, Priest Joachim Valusimbi. Here in Kampala, the priests met with the community, visited the grave of the deceased Fr. Joachim Kiyiiimba, and sang the Paschal verses. The priests also visited one of the local schools where Russian language courses are organized under the auspices of Rossotrudnichestvo. On Friday, April 21, the delegation visited a parish in the east of the country, in the province of Jjinjja, which was affected by the hurricane. After the prayer, the pressing tasks in the community were discussed.
The need to support African communities with a face-to-face visit has been overdue for a long time, however, due to the pandemic and related restrictions, it was difficult to make the trip until recently.
Father Nikola Bobkov, who oversees the Ugandan mission, keeps in touch with African communities. Local Christians continue praying, good beginnings in the field of education and even attempting to build another temple.