The Diocese of Matana of the Anglican Church of Burundi has been regularly organizing a football competition between different groups of young people in the three communes of Matana, Mugamba and Songa to build unity and support work together for peace in these localities.
Supported by the Diocese, youth leaders in the Diocese have initiated associations through which daily issues and challenges can be discussed with a view to finding solutions and from which activities can emerge and be developed.
Agnes who heads up CJP, Youth Club for Peace said that they decided to fight against ignorance as it is a major challenge among youth. The CJP organizes training sessions and meetings for those in charge of associations. Income generating activities have emerged such as a small soap factory and the breeding of goats, while others are involved in transport.
Open to all young people in the community the associations keep youth in positive and creative activities and training that build peace and harmony.
The Rt Revd Datuk Ng Moon Hing, Bishop of West Malaysia, was elected Primate of the Anglican Church of South East Asia during an extraordinary meeting of the Provincial Synod on 2 September in Sandakan, Sabah.
He will be the fifth Archbishop to serve the Province, which comprises the dioceses of Kutching, Sabah, Singapore, and West Malaysia.
Provincial Secretary Leonard Shim announced that Archbishop-elect Ng Moon Hing’s term of office will begin in February 2016 and continue to 2020.
“On behalf of the Anglican Communion, I extend my warmest regards and congratulations to Bishop Ng Moon Hing on his election as Archbishop of the Anglican Church of South East Asia,” said the Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.
Bishop Ng Moon Hing had made major contributions to Anglican mission and evangelism both regionally and globally and as chair of the Anglican Witness core group continued to be instrumental in promoting a Communion wide emphasis on intentional discipleship, the General Secretary added.
Archbishop-elect Ng Moon Hing will succeed the Most Revd Bolly Lapok as Primate.
In his July 2015 briefing Luis Bush writes about a very interesting movement of the Spirit in Europe (and elsewhere) which is raising up young people who disciple other young people. The result is gospel transformation in many different sectors of society. One of the key contexts for this movement is the Czech Republic which has a reputation as the most secular nation in Europe.
If you would like to read Luis Bush’s report (which is very relevant to the current focus of Anglican Witness on Discipleship and young people in the Anglican Communion) then you can find it here.
As Anglican Witness continues its major focus on intentional disciple-making and discipleship we are pleased to welcome a major new resource. Charles Davis served for many years as the Director of TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) based in Chicago, USA. Drawing on his wide experience of mission in many cultures around the world he has just published his latest research findings in Making Disciples across Cultures.
Davis suggests that culture affects how we make disciples and in this insightful roadmap he provides a framework for missional disciple-making across diverse cultural contexts. With on-the-ground stories from a lifetime of mission experience, Davis navigates cultural tensions to help Christian workers minister more effectively within their own culture or cross-culturally.
The book is available as a Kindle version or in hard copy from Amazon USA or Amazon UK or any good book store.
Anglican Witness has just added a collection of resources from around the world specifically for Lent. The season of Lent is traditionally a time when we can all step back and review our progress in discipleship, our daily following of Jesus. These resources will be a valuable addition to the many already available via the website – many are free and can be downloaded directly from the website.