Catalysts for peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed.
We are delighted to share with you news of our ministry in Rwanda, the Nederlands, Hong Kong and the UK during the Autumn. Thank you so much for being a member of the Peacemaker Team. (The photo above is of Andrew Gardener, Pastor of the Vine Church, Hong Kong and Sami Awad of the Holy Land Trust Bethlehem, taken at the Justice Conference Asia)
Christianity Explored Rwanda
In September, The Right Revd Nathan Amooti, the Anglican Bishop of Cyangugu, Rwanda, invited Jim McAnlis, Shadrach Lukwago and I to help train clergy from Rwanda, Burundi and Congo to teach and train others to use the Christianity Exploredcourse. Thirty clergy participated in the intensive three day training conference, held at the beautiful Anglican Guest House in Cyangugu on the shores of Lake Kivu near the Congolese border crossing between Bukavu and Risuzu. We were blessed to have the Right Revd Seth Ndayirukiye, the new Bishop of Matana Diocese, Burundi contribute as well.
Please pray for the team (Jim, Shadrach, Sam and Jean) that the Lord would give them wisdom and discernment as to where we should prioritise the training in January. The opportunities in Congo, Tanzania and Kenya, in particular, are great but our team is small and resources finite. I will be visiting Jim McAnlis in Bangor in November to discuss plans for the next visit in January.
Kairos and Sabeel have much in common and have merged recently. Please pray that their advocacy work on behalf of the Christian community in Israel-Palestine would be fruitful and led to justice, peace and reconciliation.
Representatives from over 25 mission agencies gave updates on their work among refugees and internally displaced people (IDP). There are now 250 million people on the move, of whom, according to the UNHCR, 64 million are forcibly displaced. Of these, it is believed that around 50% are Christians.
Please pray for those fleeing persecution or war. Ask the Lord to help us to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support. That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
The Justice Conference Asia 2017 was held at the Vine Church, Hong Kong, last weekend, bringing together several hundred practitioners and activists from around the world including 18 Asian countries.
During the conference we heard from international justice voices and practitioners in Asia who explored practically what it might look like to love our neighbours as radically as Jesus did. Workshops addressed slavery, human trafficking, asylum seekers, refugees and ethnic minorities, children at risk, politics and peacemaking and extreme poverty.
We are delighted that the Right Revd Seth Ndayirukiye, the Anglican Bishop of Matana, Burundi, and Right Revd Abraham Nhial, the Anglican Bishop of Aweil Diocese, South Sudan, have kindly agreed to join our International Board of Reference.
Hilary Gillies Becomes Peacemaker Trustee
We are delighted to announce that Hilary Gillies has joined the Board of Trustees of Peacemaker Mediators. Hilary is a senior Procurement and Contracts professional, with over 20 years’ successful procurement project and strategy delivery in both private and public sector organisations. She is also an active member of Christ Church, Virginia Water.
The Balfour Declaration: A Centenary of Broken Promises
In November many in Israel and Britain will celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration which secured a national home for the Jewish people. At the same time many will lament the Nakba which led to 600,000 refugees forced to leave their homes in what was then Palestine.
I have been interviewed twice this month by Alghard TV and Press TV’s about the Balfour Declaration, the influence of Christian Zionism and why, on the centenary, Britain should apologise for its broken promises.
The British Government recognises the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to self-determination. Israelis have achieved this. Now is the time to help Palestinians achieve this, in cooperation with both peoples and the rest of the international community.
Five Year's ago I helped found the Balfour Project to highlight Britain’s record in Palestine before and during its Mandate. I will be attending centenary events in London and Jerusalem next week.
Next week, God willing, I will be in Palestine assisting Canon Naim Ateek with the Sabeel Witness Tour. In December I will be visiting a country in North Africa to introduce some mission partners to the Christianity Explored course.
In January I hope to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo to expand the CE training begun with DRC clergy in Rwanda in September. In February I have been invited to give a series of lectures at the Evangelical Theological College of Asia in Singapore and in March to undertake a lecture tour of theological colleges and churches in Australia. Check out next month's e-News for more information.
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