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Mission Update  |  March 2014   |  Issue #18
 

Dear Supporter,


In this update we have our latest editions of Partners in Prayer and Mission Action, and information on how you can get involved in our latest Lenten Appeal. We also would like to introduce our new staff member and we have a new mission tip.

But first, a few important notices before we get onto the exciting stuff:

Incoming! Mission ActionPartners in Prayer 2014, and the 2014 Lenten Appeal Resources will be in mail boxes (if they aren't already) in the next few days if you have ordered them. Make sure to keep an eye out there or in your local Parish to pick up a copy. If you'd like to order any resources email Leanne or phone (04) 473 5172.

For some of you, Partners in Prayer will arrive a little after Mission Action and the Lenten Appeal Resources. We had a hiccup with the printing of Partners in Prayer, but we wanted to make sure your Lenten Appeal resources still arrived in time for the start of Lent. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your patience.

You can download all the resources from our website or find the links in this newsletter.

Note for Parishes who send us their regular mission contributions by cheque: In an effort to save on postage, receipts will no longer be sent to parishes unless specifically requested. And where possible, we would prefer to send receipts by email. Please contact us if you have any queries

Right, now onto the news!

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Resources
Here are our latest Mission Action and Partners in Prayer! Click on the images below to read our latest electronic editions of Mission Action (March 2014) and Partners in Prayer for 2014.

Mission Action for March 2014 includes some success stories from our 2013 projects, a look to the future from Mark Grace the NZCMS 2014 Coordinator, and a look to our future with a few of the projects for 2014. 
Click to read Mission Action for March 2014
Click to read the 2014 Partners in Prayer
Mission Action March 2014  //  1.45 MB PDF   - - -  Partners in Prayer 2014  //  2.83 MB PDF
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If you know of someone who would like a copy of either Mission Action or Partners in Prayer but doesn't have an internet connection, feel free to print them out or contact us by email or phone us on (04) 4735172 and we'll send you or your friend a printed version.

We also have some of our 2014 Wall Planner still available. Let us know if you'd like any of these. Last year they were so popular we ran out, so be in quick!
Can you help?
2014 Lenten Appeal

In 2013 we helped train new priests in Iran to lead the growing church, provided a small salary to priests in Polynesia who minister full time while being the main provider for their families, provided a technology centre for children in Palestine, and funded a hotel for travellers in the mountains of Papua New Guinea which will provide an income for missions of the local Churches.

This year, together we can help even more people. The 2014 Lenten Appeal will support:

  • Gambella Clergy: a basic salary for clergy in Gambella, Ethiopia who minister to large but poor congregations who cannot yet afford to pay the salary themselves
  • Baghdad School: St George's Church in Baghdad wishes to expand on its existing kindergarten to offer classes for primary school children
  • House of Sarah: counselling services in Fiji at the House of Sarah have provided a warm hand and heart to many in desperate need of support.

Find out more in our Lenten Appeal section of our website.
 

Join us in prayer during Lent...

Bishop Grant performs at baptism.
Bishop Grant performs at baptism.
 

We Pray for Gambella - Week 1


Bishop Grant LeMarquand shares with us about the need in Gambella.

The Gambella area of Ethiopia is a place where the church is growing, but it is also a place with astounding needs. Our 16 clergy (and about 90 Lay Readers) take care of about 70 congregations of Nuer, Anuak, Dinka, Opo, and Mabaan people. Most of our people are non-literate. The clergy, although they can read, have few resources. When my wife and I arrived a year ago, most of the clergy owned only one book - a Bible, and perhaps a hymn book. Only one has had formal residential theological education. Several are refugees, ministering in refugee camps which, sadly, are still seeing many new arrivals from the troubled border regions of Sudan and South Sudan. The churches themselves are only beginning to learn about the possibility of supporting their own clergy - most think it an impossible task for them. However at our Area Assembly (like a Synod for the Episcopal Area) a few months ago, they agreed to try to provide 10% of clergy salaries from the parish. They understood also that this is only a first step and that they will need in the long run to become self-supporting.

This week we pray for the people and church of Gambella. As the people in the congregations around Gambella transition towards supporting their clergy with a small salary, may support from New Zealand help to ease the burden for all. May the clergy find new freedom to support their congregations in this time of growth and transition.

We also pray for Bishop Grant LeMarquand, Assistant Bishop, as he works towards creating a brighter and sustainable future for the people and Church of the Horn of Africa.
Each Wednesday throughout Lent Anglican Missions will be distrubuting Prayer Points to all Parishes and other interested people. Would you like to join us in prayer?
Yes! Send me weekly prayer points throughout Lent!
Note: Short emails will be weekly during Lent, such as the prayers above for Gambella. After the Lenten Appeal, emails will return to bi-monthly. If you no longer wish to receive the prayers, please contact us on (04) 473 5172 or email emma@angmissions.org.nz to be removed from the prayer points list.

 

Feel called to donate?

Credit Card

To donate by Credit Card, please visit our website donation form.

Cheque


Write a cheque out to: 
Anglican Missions
Then post it to: Anglican Missions, PO Box 12-012, Thorndon, Wellington 6144

Please include a note with your name and address for a receipt, as well as include how you would like the donation distributed.

Bank Deposit


Account Number: 02-0585-0001796-00
Account Name: Anglican Missions Board
Particulars: LentenAppeal
Code: Your name/Parish name part 1
Reference: Your name/Parish name part 2

If you are donating this way, please contact us at accounts@angmissions.org.nz with how you would like your donation distributed and the reference you provided so we can receipt you and know your wishes for the support.

Mission Tip #5

Connect your Parish
by supporting Mission Projects

Connecting with a project is a great way to focus your giving to missions. At Anglican Missions, all the grants we give to our Partners are divided into projects. Projects can range from a water tank for a Church Community in Fiji, to a Mission Partner in Tanzania.

  1. Read about the projects for 2014.
    The projects section on our website breaks down our grants for 2014 into the partners we are supporting, then the projects for those partners. Have a read through to find out all about the work we are doing this year, and some of the projects which have already been completed.
     
  2. Select a Project and then Get in Touch with Anglican Missions.
    Once you've selected a project, please contact us and let us know of your selected project. To ensure we do not over–subscribe a project, we kindly ask that you let us know as soon as you have made your pick. To help you spread the word about your project, we can also provide you with posters, photos, power points, and handouts.
     
  3. Raise money for your Project!
    There are a few easy ways to start raising money for a project. You could collect all those pesky coins that don't fit in your wallet, or set up an automatic payment each month, or run a fundraising event. Fundraising for your project can be a great way of getting other people involved and interested in overseas mission too. For ideas on fundraising and getting yourself and others inspired for overseas mission, check out our Inspire Booklet.
Anglican Missions have projects ranging from community development to evangelism, so there is something to suit everyone. Visit our website to find more information on each of our projects.

You can't decide on a project? You don't need to! You can give a donation to the work of Anglican Missions. Donations to Anglican Missions support all of our projects and partners, as well as supporting the staff, communications, and management of projects - without which none of these projects would happen.

Emma Gallagher
Communications Officer, Anglican Missions

Find a Project to Support in 2014
Donate to a Project or Anglican Missions
Notices

A very warm welcome to Tendai, our new EA

Tendai is the new Executive Assistant to Canon Robert Kereopa. She's a Zimbabwean born and bred who settled in New Zealand. Tendai moved to NZ 10 years ago and she joined Anglican Missions on Monday 10 February 2014.

Tendai, our new Executive Assistant

While she loves the welcome she has received from the kiwis, she says she has yet to come to terms with the cold. She loves living in Wellington which offers endless recreational delights but she has her heater on nearly all year round.
 
Being a newbie, she isn’t sure yet what her new role with Anglican Missions will bring. But, she’s looking forward to finding out.
 
In her previous role as EA to the CEO of Consumer NZ, she provided EA support to the CEO, secretarial support to the Board of Consumer and admin support to the Executive team.
 
Tendai describes herself as a people person and as such is looking forward to dealing with the different people as part of her job as Executive Assistant to Canon Robert Kereopa.

Stamps

Jane turned out to be far too addicted to stamps and couldn't give up working with them when she left us. She still pops in to “play” with them and sorts out the really exciting ones to be sold on TradeMe or to be sent to auction. So far in 2014 we've raised $2,827 â€“ a brilliant amount for this time of the year!

A huge thanks to everyone who has sent in stamps. If you're looking for tips on trimming and sorting stamps, take a look here. The total raised from stamps in 2013 was $12,090.

Bequests

Have you considered supporting missions in your will? Bequests bless the work of mission for generations to come. Find out more about leaving a bequest »

That's all for now!

Blessings from the team at Anglican Missions
Robert, Mike, Tendai, Janet, Leanne, Glen, and Emma 
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