Revd Mark Dickens has stepped down from his role as Dean of Laos after six years of service. He will be returning with Rosemary to Australia to support his widowed and frail mother-in-law.

Revd Mark Dickens shared, “I had a very encouraging pastoral visit to Vientiane, Laos in November. I preached a number of times, including at our international church, Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS), Vientiane. I also had productive meetings and prayer with Revd Tony Paton, the lay leaders of CHS, and the centre managers of all of our ARDA (Anglican Relief and Development Agency) facilities throughout the country. This visit was tinged with much sadness, but I know that the Deanery of Laos will continue to work towards a healthy Lao Church that is firmly rooted in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

He added, ”I pray that more churches and individuals from Singapore and elsewhere are moved by 2 Peter 3:9, so that they support God’s desire that no Lao person may perish, but all come to repentance and faith in Jesus. This means more workers for the harvest field of Laos and more prayer for God to reach the lost.” 

We are very grateful to Revd Dickens for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the Deanery. We also appreciate having Revd Canon Philip Sinden as temporary Dean, whose previous experience in the role is standing us in good stead until a new permanent Dean takes up the post. Whoever is appointed will have big shoes to fill but we are confident of God's continuing provision and are very much looking forward to working together with the new appointee in furthering our Lord's Kingdom work here.

Revd Philip Sinden was appointed Acting Vicar of St George’s Church, as well as Acting Dean of Laos, with effect from 1 March 2019.

Photo: Revd Mark Dickens, with some of the members of CHS Vietiane, after he preached his last sermon there.

Report prepared by Revd Tony Paton, Pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos.