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A Christmas Message from Archbishop Moon Hing

Anglican Communion News Service - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 22:16

A Christmas Message from Archbishop Moon Hing, the Primate of South East Asia.

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Archbishop of Canterbury calls for UK-based international Joint Reconciliation Unit

Anglican Communion News Service - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 04:44

Archbishop Justin Welby has called on the UK government to establish a Joint reconciliation Unit to work in global conflict zones.

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A Joint Christmas Message from Archbishops Richard Clarke and Eamon Martin

Anglican Communion News Service - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 04:09

A Joint Christmas Message from Archbishops Richard Clarke and Eamon Martin, the Anglican and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Armagh.

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Resumen semanal de noticias del Servicio de Noticias de la Comunión Anglicana a viernes 14 de diciembre de 2018

Anglican Communion News Service - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 22:21

Resumen semanal de noticias del Servicio de Noticias de la Comunión Anglicana a viernes 14 de diciembre de 2018

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Résumé des nouvelles hebdomadaires de l’Agence d’information de la Communion anglicane, le vendredi 14 décembre 2018

Anglican Communion News Service - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 22:05

Résumé des nouvelles hebdomadaires de l’Agence d’information de la Communion anglicane, le vendredi 14 décembre 2018

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Archbishop of Burundi leads march against gender-based violence in 16 Days of Activism

Anglican Communion News Service - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 04:57

The Anglican Primate of Burundi, Archbishop Martin Nyaboho, has led hundreds of people on a march against gender-based violence.

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UK Christian and Jewish leaders speak against anti-Semitism and persecution of Christians

Anglican Communion News Service - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 02:21

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has joined other Christian and Jewish leaders to speak out against the rise of anti-Semitism.

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Courageous faith from Jim Elliott to John Allen Chau

NZCMS - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 14:12

Tess Delbridge talks with NZCMS National Director Steve Maina to find out what courageous faith really looks like.

As John Allen Chau prepared to land on the remote North Sentinel island in the Bay of Bengal, its residents known to be violently hostile towards outsiders, he wrote in a letter to his parents, “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people. Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed.”

According to his journal, during his first interaction with the tribesmen he shouted, “My name is John, and I love you and Jesus loves you.” They shot at him with bows and arrows. The following day, he was killed by the tribe, his body dragged along the beach and buried.

Chau’s story is reminiscent of the story of missionary Jim Elliott, murdered by a remote Ecuadorian tribe in the 1950s, and is somehow both inspiring and frightening for ordinary Christians.

“No matter which way you look at it,we need that sort of grit, where you know you’re going to be persecuted, you know you might die, but you’re still willing to go,” says NZCMS National Director Steve Maina.

“You’re not being asked to die for your faith in New Zealand, but we still find it hard to share the gospel,” says Steve. “Our confidence in the gospel is getting lost, and we need a reawakening of our confidence and boldness in the gospel.”

Steve’s vision for NZCMS is that we would recapture the need for urgent and courageous proclamation of the gospel to all people.

“We need to encounter Jesus in such away that he turns our lives upside down. Sometimes I have wondered whether that is actually the problem,” says Steve.

“We need to have a living faith and a living encounter with Jesus where it’s his glory we seek rather than our glory or our safety. In 2 Corinthians 5:15, Paul says, ‘he [Jesus] died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.’

“Is there a problem with our encounter with Jesus? Have our lives been transformed so much that we are devoted wholly to the saviour who has given his life for us?” Steve asks.

That’s the heart of the NZCMS mission.We exist to see lives changed by the gospel, bringing glory to God. This year we expanded our mission focus to include various communities at home here in New Zealand. We appointed someone to research how we could increase our work among migrant communities.We have two mission partners specifically focused on mobilising young people for mission, and we have recently confirmed our first mission partner to work among Maori people in South Auckland.

Across the world, the stories of gospel transformation continue. In the Philippines children are coming to the Lord in droves. There are new believers in the Middle East. Families in Asia are being equipped to protect their children from human trafficking, and in Africa, clinics and pharmacies are empowering communities and saving lives. And the stories of transformed lives continue to pour in.

These are the stories of what happens when people have a living encounter with Jesus.

We give thanks to God for our mission partners and supporters, who have caught the vision of courageous gospel proclamation across the world. But we want to go further. In 2019, NZCMS is prayerfully aiming to raise up 20 new mission partners to take up this challenge of courageous gospel proclamation, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We cannot give ourselves to these bold steps without an encounter with Jesus,” says Steve.

“People are not naturally willing to give their lives to something where they think there’s a huge risk. But I’m praying that God can help us challenge that because I’m finding that if we’re going to be raising workers for the harvest, we cannot promise them safety. So we need brave people, men and women who are willing to go to places that are broken in this world and bring transformation.”

But not all of us need to be John Allen Chau, who was prepared to risk his life for the sake of bringing the gospel to the North Sentinelese. An encounter with the risen Lord Jesus enables each one of us to make courageous decisions to share the love of Christ. For some, being brave in this way may mean risking the good opinion of our neighbours or colleagues in order to see some won for Christ. For others it may mean the loss of a treasured job. And for yet others, it may mean a violent death at the hands of an isolated tribe.

Jesus says, ‘the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few’.

“Are you going to be brave or safe?”asks Steve. “You can’t be both.”

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Royston churches unite after arson attack on Church of England parish church

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 05:38

Churches in Royston, Hertfordshire, will join together on Friday for united prayer following an arson attack on the town’s Anglican parish.

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CofE services to mark gender transition – Law & Religion UK

Fulcrum - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:06

New guidance for parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition has been published by the Church of England.

David Pocklington, "CofE services to mark gender transition" in Law & Religion UK, 11 December 2018,

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Introducing Howard

NZCMS - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 11:40

NZCMS, in partnership with Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, is excited to introduce Te Hau o Te Rangi (Howard) Karaka. 

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