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Iraqi army celebrates Anglican Chaplain of Baghdad’s peace-building ministry

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 23:52

The peace-building ministry of Father Faiz Jerjes, Chaplain of St George’s Church in Baghdad, has been recognised by the Iraqi Army.

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Funeral of former US President George Bush takes place at Washington National Cathedral

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 06:09

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is leading the State Funeral for former US President George H W Bush in Washington National Cathedral.

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Bishop Samuel Mankhin becomes Moderator and Primate of the Church of Bangladesh

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 05:20

Bishop Samuel Sunil Mankhin of Kustia has become Moderator and Primate of the Church of Bangladesh, succeeding Bishop Paul Sarker.

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Anglican Communion Office staff hold annual St Andrew’s Day Eucharist

Anglican Communion News Service - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 03:56

Staff at the London-based Anglican Communion Office held their annual St Andrew’s Day Eucharist last night in the building’s chapel.

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Anglican Church of New Zealand apologises for Colonial-era Maori land-snatch

Anglican Communion News Service - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 03:25

Archbishop Philip Richardson has apologised to the Maori people from Tauranga for an 1866 decision which saw their lands given away.

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Nippon Sei Ko Kai launch campaign to “free the world of nuclear power”

Anglican Communion News Service - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 05:50

The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK) – the Anglican Communion in Japan – is to host an International Forum for a Nuclear-Free World.

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California bishop leads Episcopal delegation to UN climate change conference

Anglican Communion News Service - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 05:40

UN member states and faith-based organisations have gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the UN’s COP-24 Climate Change conference.

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Former Church Mission Society Executive Leader consecrated Bishop of Truro

Anglican Communion News Service - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 05:31

The former Executive Leader of the international Anglican mission agency CMS has been consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England.

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Intern Update – Sam Crosson

NZCMS - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:29

I’ve been in Kenya for just over two months and I am entering into my final month of my placement. As I reflect on what I’ve been able to do, I’m filled with a joyful gratitude.

Nairobi Chapel, where I have been serving, has been an incredible work place of ministry with amazing people. I’ve been able to serve in many different contexts including the youth department, young adults, PPI (Bible in Schools) with the younger kids and am also involved with the worship team.

I’ve been struck by the faith that the leaders have and the amount of prayer that backs this faith up. There is no limit to what God is capable of in the eyes of the Kenyans and in a lot of cases it is all they have. This is something that’s really challenged my way of thinking and something I hope to bring back with me. It is a challenge to the church in New Zealand and an opportunity to learn from our Kenyan brothers and sisters. An example of this is the vision statement of Nairobi Chapel – planting 300 churches by 2020. They have set an impossible task in the eyes of men but have decided to look at it through the eyes of our Father to whom nothing is too big or too impossible. 

The last two months have been filled with highlights and memories I will never forget. I’ve seen my faith tested, my dependence on God challenged and my relationship with him grown. God is working in big ways and I’ve learnt a huge amount about myself and also about Him. 

I’m constantly thrown in the deep end and it has been a sink or swim reality. I‘ve been given responsibilities of preaching, leading Bible studies and prayer groups, all of which has thoroughly put me out of my comfort zone. Through all of this, I’ve been learning about the limitations of my own abilities and how to depend on God when I find myself stretched. 

As I head into my final month I’m praying that I finish my time here strong and that the Lord continues to teach and mould my character into more of a Christ-likeness. 

I want to be able to continue to serve at full capacity and be available in any way I can. I’m so grateful for the support from those in New Zealand and the constant prayer. It means the world to me to know that, as I walk out the door, I’m doing so with the prayers and faithfulness of people back at home. I’m also so thankful to the Lord for making this opportunity possible in the first place.

Blessings from Kenya,

Sam Crossan.

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