As our sisters and brothers in Fiji mop up and recover from Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa which ripped through the country in the week before Christmas, another (smaller) cyclone hit the country this past weekend leading to significant flooding, damaged properties and further devastation to livelihoods. A third cyclone that was due to hit in the next few days has thankfully been downgraded to a tropical storm but will still bring gale force winds, rain and high seas. While Polynesia is in the middle of the annual cyclone season, three significant weather events in the space of a month is unusual, distressing for the communities affected and sadly a portent of things to come given the growing impact of climate change.
The Diocese of Polynesia is a respected and noted first-responder and is heavily engaged in recovery and rebuilding. As a Honduran pastor said after Hurricane Mitch destroyed much of his country in 1998, “We were here before the disaster, we were here during the disaster and we are here after the disaster. Agencies likes yours will come and go, but the church will always be here.” Such a valid quote for the Diocese of Polynesia as it demonstrates - again - how to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to share His message of hope to people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods.
Anglican Missions stands ready to assist in any way we can. Donations received to help recovery efforts are making a significant difference. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Fiji and may they know the promise of Jesus: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast”. 1 Peter 5:10
Blessings and peace, Michael Hartfield, National Director
Cyclone Ana, a category 2 storm, lashed the country with 145km winds and torrential rain last weekend bringing down trees, flooding towns and villages, cutting off power and devastating crops. Many affected were only just recovering from category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa and have found themselves sheltering in evacuation centres again.
A third storm will hit Fiji's main islands over the next few days bringing further wind and rain.
The Diocese of Polynesia is once again gearing up its support to those affected, and will, supported by Anglican Missions, extend the response and rebuilding efforts being implemented following Yasa.
As our National Director indicated above Anglican Missions stands ready to assist in any way it can. We will leverage the response already underway following TC Yasa (which has been so generously supported by our partners Tearfund, Anglican Overseas Aid and Anglican Board of Missions) and our prayers and our thoughts are with our sisters and brothers in Fiji as they respond and prepare for these new events”.
Photos: Bishop Henry Bull looks over what was once a flourishing community garden which supported many families.
Top: An inaccessible St Thomas' Anglican Church in Labasa
You who calmed the storm
You whose light shines in the darkness
You who walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death.
Be a refuge and strength
For our brothers and sisters
In Fiji and Polynesia
As the cyclones roar,
Be a voice of calm.
As panic rise,
Bring your peace.
As fear takes its toll,
May hope spring forth.
We pray for safety, for refuge, for food and medical attention where needed most desperately.
Open our hearts to hear the cries of our neighbors.
In your name we pray,
We still have some 2021 Anglican Missions Wall Planners.
If you would like one please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Linda on (04) 473-5172
Our 2021 Partners in Prayer diary will be printed this month. In the meantime please continue using our 2020 diary to pray for our partners.
Lenten Appeal 2021
Our Lenten Appeal will be launched in February 2021 on Ash Wednesday.
Your support will help us fund:
St Luke’s Hospital, Nablus, Diocese of Jerusalem. St Luke’s will purchase electrical beds for its maternity ward which will help improve health care for local women.
Province of Alexandria, Diocese of Egypt. The Diocese of Egypt will provide youth leadership training.
Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM). The Church aims to increase rainwater harvesting capacity for ACoM’s religious communities in areas particularly vulnerable to climate change. Any additional funds raised will support the Christian Care Centre in Honiara, which provides short term shelter for vulnerable women and children.
Mirpurkhas Boys Hostel Appeal - thank you poster available through our website here
Anglican Missions Photography Guide - Building Better Narratives has been developed by Campbell Kerr to provide guidance around how to take a good photo (that can be used in publications) and the need to get approvals. We hope you find it useful.
Photo: School girls in Tanzania
Room available in Anglican House
We are wanting a tenant for the former Bishops Office (see below). It is a beautiful room with natural light, morning sun and recently painted and carpeted. There is an adjoining shared kitchen and toilet and the possibility of a carpark. If you know anyone who might be interested, please phone the Office on (04) 473 5172.
From CWS - World Day of Prayer 2021: A series of devastating tropical cyclones form the backdrop to this year's World Day of Prayer services on Friday, March 5. Material has been prepared by ni-Vanuatu women. Local committees will host services throughout the country and everyone is very welcome.
People are encouraged to use these resources in the services.
The World Day of Prayer is a global movement of Christian women who come together in prayer and for action on the first Friday in March.
For more information contact your local organising group or Zella at email@example.com
Photo: Artist Juliette Pita from Erromango island captures the prayer of the ni-Vanuatu in her painting 'Cyclone Pam II: 13th of March 2015'. The image is of a mother praying over her child, protected from the large waves by a palm tree held firm by its strong roots.
THANK YOU very muchtothe following people and parishes (many of whom are regular givers) who have sent in stamps over the last month:
Nativity Church, Blenheim
Spring Creek Parish
Peter Cooke, Omokoroa Community Church, Bay of Plenty
C Shaw, Canada
St Matthew's Taita, Hutt Valley
Sarah Rayner-David, Hokitika
Stamp collector, Matamata
Rita Whitehead, New Plymouth
N.A. Paterson, Otautau
Mike Badder, Tauranga
Dawn Taylor, Te Awamutu
Jacqui Grenfell, Christchurch
JL Watson, Pukekohe
Leslie Chatterton, Auckland
We have raised $5,218 from used stamps sales over 2020! An excellent total.
From our Accountant, Glen - most banks will stop using/receiving cheques this year. This is a reminder, especially to parishes, to make use of internet banking for donations.
Our bank account is 02-0585 0001796-00and if required please email Glen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details of your payment.
MANY THANKS for your support
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