The Parish Church of St. Helena invites the community to hear the Rt. Rev Dr. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand tell the incredible stories of their work in the Horn of Africa. The church will be hosting a coffee and dessert evening on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle Street, Beaufort.
The Rt. Rev Dr. Grant LeMarquand and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand are missionaries of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders). Bishop Grant is area bishop for the Horn of Africa within the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.
They went to Africa 25 years ago as missionaries of the Anglican Church of Canada. He taught dozens of today’s African bishops when they were seminarians and priests. He also supervised the sabbatical studies of Bishop Mouneer Anis, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and diocesan bishop of Egypt, who appointed him as his assistant, or “area bishop,” for the Horn of Africa, an area which is comprised of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea.
The LeMarquands settled in Gambella, the most settled town of this region, near the Sudanese border.
He oversees churches and encourages missionary work, while training the new leaders who emerge. The LeMarquands also assist with efforts to provide medical care, clean water, reforestation and micro-enterprise to build a sustainable local economy.