Priti Patel is hardly known for welcoming migrants, so her recent meeting with a delegation urging the Home Secretary to offer asylum to a Pakistani teenager is remarkable. On 13 July, Patel sat around a table with the Government’s religious freedom envoy, Fiona Bruce MP, the Catholic MP Edward Leigh, and representatives of a small Catholic charity called Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which has been campaigning for the girl, Maira Shahbaz.
Abygail Frymann Rouch. The Article. 1 August 2021
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I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever.
With my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever,
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
As I look back over 2020, I join the writer of Psalm 89 in praising God for His steadfast love and faithfulness. There have certainly been times of grief as we walked alongside global Mission Partners and the people they serve in the midst of a pandemic. There was also uncertainty for all of us, with flights grounded, lockdowns around the world, and plans constantly changing.
In the midst of all this, we look back and see God’s faithful hand over us at NZCMS, a faithfulness as firm as the heavens. And, like the generations of CMS before us, we continue to proclaim God’s faithfulness and steadfast love. As a community passionate about mission, we know God’s calling on us as ‘sent people,’ sent into the world to proclaim and live out God’s faithful love.
NZCMS has always been about sending people globally. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought, many of our global Mission Partners have been able to stay in country and continue to serve. In times of crisis, there is even more need for people to know God’s saving love, and our Mission Partners have found creative ways to serve in changing circumstances. While some Mission Partners were forced to return to New Zealand, we continue to receive applications from people discerning a call to long-term service in global Mission.
Even as we send globally, we seek to support the church in New Zealand in mission. Our heart is for the whole church to live as ‘sent people’ wherever we find ourselves. NZCMS is now partnering with two Māori dioceses to support the ministry of Māori evangelists to proclaim the Gospel amongst their people. Over the past three years, we have partnered with the Wellington Diocese in the Intercultural Communities project, helping churches engage with people from different cultures.
We continue to be passionate about discipling young people with a missional heart. In February 2020, we kicked off the second year of the Better World Gap Year, only to have to cancel it due to Covid-19. We plan to relaunch Better World in 2022, with the same vision but located within New Zealand. We took advantage of lockdowns to start ‘Happy Hour,’ online conversations about mission. Mission Partners joined our panels from global locations, and hundreds tuned in to join these conversations.
Thank you for your support during this challenging year. As I look back over the year that was, the hymn that comes to mind (one known to many in the NZCMS family) is ‘How Great is the God we Adore’.
“To Jesus the first and last
whose Spirit will guide us safe home
We will praise him for all that is past
And trust him for all that is come.”
May the Lord bless you.
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Alan Smith, Senior Advisor - ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Risk and Inclusion, and former Global Head of Risk Strategy at HSBC, is to be the next First Church Estates Commissioner, Downing Street announced today. Alan has also been a Church Commissioner since 2018.
Church of England website. 27 July 2021
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The PM and the PM's office is intimately involved in deciding who runs the Church of England, and - as a member of the cabinet told me - this would not be appropriate or possible if the PM is a practising Roman Catholic.
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Church of England website. 19 July 2021
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The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, has voiced disappointment after MPs backed a Government plan to impose new financial tests before restoring the legal commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on aid.
Church of England website 13 July 2021
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