We’re delighted to introduce Peter and Christine Akester, who were recently accepted as NZCMS Mission Partners. The Akesters are no strangers to NZCMS, having served with us from 1979-1998 in Dodoma, Tanzania. During that time they adopted two Tanzanian girls (now in their late twenties) and returned to New Zealand when the girls were completing primary school. Since then, Peter and Chris have been living in Rangiora. Peter presently heads up a Christchurch pharmacy while Chris has been teaching music in local schools and to private pupils.
A parish mission trip to Kondoa last year rejuvenated their passion and vision, exciting them about the opportunities to serve God in the region. What’s more, Bishop Given Gaula has extended an invitation to Peter and Christine to work in this diocese. The plan is for them to depart for Tanzania early in September for two to three years. Peter will take over the role of Principal of the Kondoa Bible School from Iri Mato, focusing particularly on mentoring a local Tanzanian to eventually take charge. Christine will likely teach some Biblical subjects and English language at the Bible School as well as be involved with a women’s empowerment programme.
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