[ENS by Matthew Davies] The Rt. Rev. Dinis Sengulane, the longest-serving bishop in the Anglican Communion, retired March 25 after leading the Diocese of Lebombo in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for almost 38 years.
Consecrated as bishop in 1976, Sengulane made his mark as one of Africa's greatest peacemakers when his efforts to mediate between the Mozambique government and the rebel group Renamo brought an end to 15 years of civil war in 1992.
His much-acclaimed Swords Into Ploughshares initiative exchanged thousands of weapons for tools of construction.
About 1 million weapons have been decommissioned since the end of the war. Many have been converted into art, a project that continues today with works exhibited throughout Mozambique and all over the world.
As he enters retirement, Sengulane reflects on his ministry of peacemaking. Yet he doesn't see this as his story.