Malaysia Theological Seminary are hosting a seminar on 29th March (Saturday) from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Dr Tan Kang San (Executive Director AsiaCMS) and Mr Philip Phua will discuss the question “Are Short Term Missions Good Stewardship for the Malaysian Church?”. The seminar consists of 3 sessions and a time for Q&A. Registration is free.
With what is a current challenge for the Malaysian Church, the seminar should prove to be an interesting and engaging day.
For more information or to register see here.
Tan Kang-San (left) Philip Phua (Right)
It was in 1814 that CMS missionaries first brought the gospel to Aotearoa/New Zealand. In 2014, our sister society New Zealand CMS plans to celebrate the bicentenary by inviting missionaries again, explains Steve Maina. Could you be one of them?
You’re invited!You’re invited!
Kiaora! Steve Maina here – I’m the national director of NZCMS. The New Zealand Church Missionary Society and the New Zealand Christian Network are turning traditional mission upside down to celebrate 200 years of the gospel in New Zealand.
Traditionally, mission has meant going ‘over there’. During 2014 African and Asian missionaries will be making their way over here to support local New Zealand communities, parishes, churches, schools and iwi [‘tribes’] in their evangelistic, social and spiritual development.
2014 marks the bicentennial of the Christian gospel’s arrival in New Zealand through Chief Ruatara’s invitation of CMS missionary Samuel Marsden. The New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) initiative picks up both the missional DNA of the early CMS in New Zealand and links with what God is doing in New Zealand today.
Several Maori leaders say they can see a fresh stirring of the Holy Spirit amongst Maori. The Bible Society normally sells between 100 and 200 Maori Bibles a year. During the last four years they have sold over 1,000 a year. We are also seeing more leaders and local churches being re-awakened to the centrality of the gospel in our bicultural beginnings. They are looking to discern a more indigenous expression of what it means to be kiwi Christians and discovering ways to encourage evangelism amongst Maori and Pakeha [non-Maori New Zealanders].
The Team 2014 Project is designed to complement existing initiatives in New Zealand, or be the basis for new ones. Teams can be as small as three or large as 10 and stay from two weeks to two months.
Teams will include key leaders who are internationally respected and able to speak around the issues of gospel and mission. There are a number of African and Asian artists keen to come and minister in schools, churches, student groups and communities. Evangelism teams are available to work with local churches to serve and impact their communities with the gospel. Lastly teams of students and student workers are able to come to support evangelism amongst youth and young adults.
You can find out more about NZCMS’s plans for 2014 at their bicentenary website.
Please join us for our launch and fundraising dinner on Saturday 8th March. We are expecting a great evening with testimonies and song items from Juwita Suwito and the Three Tenors. Call the office or click here for more information.
Those of you that attended, know the seminar was a great success with a challenging talk from Dr Chris Wright on the 5 marks of mission and the necessity for the church to engage in all aspects of mission in order to transform minds, communities and nations.
We are very grateful to DUMC for hosting the event and all those who helped make it a success.
Here are some pictures from the day;
Dr Chris Wright
Tan Kang-San introducing his new book
For those in Malaysia, come join us for what will be an engaging talk from Chris Wright and feedback from panellists. See poster below – hope to see you there.