The Karo Karo Batak Protestant Church in Indonesia is providing relief to the community badly affected by the eruptions of Mt. Sinabung. This paper gives background information to the PCANZ’s historical partnership with the GBKP, the effect of the eruptions, and how you can help. Donations can be made through Global Mission, by online banking, 02 0500 0086963 10 (Reference GBKP) or by cheque to P.O. Box 9049, Wellington 6141.
We have received a letter from the World Council of Reformed churches asking our congregations to join in praying for South Sudan on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
South Sudan achieved independence in 2011. Violence erupted in the new nation in December 2013 after a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy. The conflict resulted in many deaths and a severe humanitarian crisis. More than half a million South Sudanese have been forced from their homes. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that, as of January 31, some 770,000 people have been displaced—646,400 within the country and 123,400 outside.
Prayers are requested for the people, government, and churches of South Sudan, for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, those injured in the conflicts, political and religious leaders, and all who work for peace and justice. A suggested prayer appears below.
Prayer for South Sudan:
Gracious God, we lift before you the people of South Sudan who seek to create a new future after a period of violence. Three years ago, we rejoiced with our sisters and brothers as they voted for independence and became the world’s newest nation. Over the past months, our hearts were heavy as a deep conflict threatened to destroy all for which they have strived. We mourned with those who lost loved ones in this unrest, with the children and adults who have become traumatized again and again, with those who are injured, imprisoned, and hiding, and with those driven from their homes. We give thanks for the ceasefire, but we pray for our brothers and sisters as they face the tasks of building a future together. God of reconciliation, we ask you to send your Spirit of unity and peace to guide the people and the leaders of South Sudan from violence and into the paths of peace and justice. We pray for our partners in the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church, RECONCILE, the South Sudan Council of Churches and Across; may they feel your presence with them. Strengthen them with the power of your Holy Spirit as they witness to the strong love of Christ, advocating for peace and justice in a situation that is only hopeful because we follow a resurrected Christ. In whose name we pray, Amen.
The General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Setri Nyomi, requests that our member churches join in this prayer. He says, “As a communion, when one member suffers we all suffer. Let us pray for the processes to seek peace and reconciliation – that the young nation of South Sudan will have the peace it needs for its people a chance for a great future."
Going Global is a programme jointly offered by Global Mission and Presbyterian Youth Ministries to help young adults from the PCANZ grow in their understanding of the global Christian family. The next Going Global trip is to Tanna Island in Vanuatu this July. This will be based at Lenakel High School, sharing in the life of the students and the Lenakel community. Pass this information on to young adults aged 18-30 whom think could benefit from this experience, pym.org.nz/going-global-2014
PCANZ has been involved in mission with our church partners over many years. Our most long-standing partnerships have been with the Church of North India, and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. These stem from mission activity dating back over a hundred years. More recently we have established an effective relationship with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar. We also have growing relationships with networks of churches across Asia, some of whom have invested significant resources in establishing links here in New Zealand. Through these partnerships we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations and help to provide much-needed resources for Christian mission overseas. This also enriches the life of the PCANZ through our mutual sharing and growing together in the worldwide body of Christ. The various links on this site will provide you with information about the current status of PCANZ Global Mission, and give you an insight into new trends and future possibilities. Individuals and congregations within PCANZ are invited to enquire about how to participate in and support our work, by contacting the Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King.
Christian World Service has launched an appeal to support the women of Ha’apai and Vava’u organising clean-up operations in Tonga, in the wake of Cyclone Ian. Attached is a press release providing further details and how to donate to the appeal.
Kathryn McDaniel serves in prison ministry in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is willing to host a young person for a short term stay to observe, learn and assist in this challenging ministry. This volunteer experience could also include some English teaching. This could suit someone on a gap year, or someone who is travelling to Asia and who has an interest in mission. You will need to be a mature, committed Christian who is willing to fund your own way and who is capable of coping with the demands of this challenging ministry.
Korvan is based on a vision to train Christian healthcare workers to provide healthcare in their communities throughout Vanuatu. This is a partnership between the Presbyterian Churches of Korea and Vanuatu, with assistance from PCANZ. Interested health professionals are invited to volunteer their services in tutoring.
Going Global is partnership between Global Mission, Presbyterian Youth Ministries, and Asian Ministries. Each year there are opportunities to be involved in mission trips to Vanuatu, Taiwan, and other partner churches.
For information about any of the above, contact Global Mission coordinator Phil King
The Council for World Mission (CWM) offers several opportunities for cross-cultural mission experiences for young adults. For Face to Face, Training in Mission, and other CWM programmes, view the CWM website, or contact Global Mission coordinator Phil King
Read Jordan Redding's reflection on his experience in 2014 on the Council for World Mission Face to Face programme in Fiji.
The Global Mission website has a link called Members in Mission. If you are a congregation or a member of the PCANZ, and serve in mission that is not directly supported by PCANZ, you are invited to post your information to this site. Click on the Members in Mission link on the sidebar. Check it out, and if you or your congregation have any information that can be added to it, you can fill out the form on-line.
The Rev. Phil King is our Global Mission Coordinator. Contact him on email@example.com or (04)3818294 to find out how you can get involved in the mission of the PCANZ. Donations for our overseas projects and partners can be sent to Global Mission, PCANZ Assembly Office, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington, 6141.