Missions - Global and Local

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A warm welcome to St Albans; especially to our mission partners from Hamilton and their team member Pastor Luke Waqa from Nauru.  Our mission partners from Hamiton are Candidate Directors for the WEC mission agency at their NZ headquarters in Hamilton.  Currently they are leading a three month orientation and selection course for about 12 cross-cultural mission candidates including Pastor Luke.  They and their four children spent 8 years in a Muslim region of Asia before returning to their current position.  They were members of St Albans prior to becoming mission partners with us in 1999.

As I said last week, the WEC (World Evangelisation for Christ) mission was started by famous English missionary C.T. Studd who served with the ‘Cambridge Seven’ in China from 1885, with Hudson Taylor and his China Inland Mission.  These seven were men from upper class English society who were educated at Cambridge University and were also able sportsmen, who chose “purpose over privilege” to serve God in overseas mission.  Studd played county cricket and test cricket for England, playing in 1882 in the first test match that England ever lost to Australia that began “The Ashes” tradition.

Studd emphasised the life of faith, believing that God would provide for a Christian's needs.  His father died while he was in China but Studd gave away his whole inheritance of £29,000 to other charities and missions.  After 21 years in China, Studd returned to England, served in India and then Africa, starting in the Sudan.  Soon after, he moved to the unevangelised Belgian Congo in 1913, where he founded WEC.  Here are some of C.T. Studd’s famous quotes about mission:

“How could I spend the best years of my life in living for the honours of this world, when thousands of souls are perishing every day?”

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell;  I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.”

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

“If you don't desire to meet the Devil during the day, meet Jesus before dawn.”

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

On Saturday November 2nd, St Albans will host the second annual Presbytery Central Gathering from 10.30am to 5pm.  You are welcome to attend.  $20 to hear the main speakers Dave Mann (2014 Hope Project) , Dr Mark Keown (Laidlaw College) and Rev Wayne Te Kaawa (Maori Synod) plus the following workshops:

  • Learning from a New Micro-church Experiment in Taranaki
  • 'Grey Matter': children's brains and children’s ministry
  • Understanding our changed Kiwi Context for mission (Mann)
  • Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand is changing, with a vision to encourage and empower all women.
  • Generation Y: Seven factors that have made 18-30yr olds the way they are and what the church needs to do about it (Murray Brown)
  • Evangelism Then and Now – how the gospel initially spread and what it teaches us today. (Dr Mark Keown)
  • How to tell Kiwis Your Faith Story & God’s Big Story (Dave Mann)
  • Church Preschool Outreach Programmes
  • Starting or Stuck?  Ten tips on how to establish or revitalize a youth ministry (Murray Brown)
  • What’s God Up to On Planet Earth?  (Dr Mark Keown)
  • Bicultural Resources for Presbyterians  (Rev Wayne TeKaawa)