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A Word from our National Director

The photo above captures the 2019 Better World team, NZCMS staff and NZCMS League of Youth members, gathered together for the Better World graduation. What a great moment! Our National Director speaks on the event below.

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau a te Karaiti, dear family in Christ:

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As was mentioned in the photo caption above, 2019 closed with the graduation of our first Better World Gap Year participants. I was deeply moved to hear these six young women share about the journey that God has taken them on this year. Each of them shared a profound sense of God working in their lives, experiencing the gifts of the Spirit, seeing God at work even in the hard places of the world, and a sense of their own vocation and place within God’s mission. Each of them has made a commitment for 2020 to continue this journey of serving God wholeheartedly, and the majority are moving into missional communities with rhythms of prayer and service.

As I listened to their testimonies, I thought of movements of the Spirit that have been central to CMS - from the members of the Clapham Sect who were moved by the Spirit to leave the UK to share the Good News of Jesus, and those members of the League of Youth who departed these shores to serve around the world. As NZCMS continues to be re-imagined to respond to our ever-changing world, my prayer is that we would always listen for God’s voice calling us, and follow the work of the Spirit.


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  1. Intrigued by the “resurrected” NZCMS League of Youth, having been actively involved in this Spirit-led movement in the late 50’s and early 60’s, when Brian Carrell was president, my wife Pam (nee Milne) was Treasurer and I was the editor of their magazine “Vision”. (With a bit of luck, a complete set of Vision is still available in the NZCMS archives). I shifted to Australia in 1979 and lost touch, and was a bit nostalgic about “the good old days” when I returned in 2010 to marry the Rev (now Dr Rev) Patricia Allan.

    So is the name a resurrection or a slip of the pen? Last I heard it was CMS Youth? Whatever, it is from such a group our future mission partners will emerge…

    May God guard and guide and bless this initiative.

    Peter Hallinan

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