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Chairman’s Message

By Paul Cooper (NZCMS Council Chairperson)

Looking back over 2015 we can appreciate God’s many blessings. The work of the NZCMS office has been excellent, effectively supporting our Mission Partners and producing first rate publications that keep us informed and active in our prayers and giving. Thank you, Steve Maina and team. A sign of the quality of our publications is that a number of parishes are using Intermission for home group studies. Please encourage groups in your parish to do the same. I also hope you’ve enjoyed the interesting and informative summary of our work in NZCMS Snapshot 2016.

Last year we launched the 2015–2020 Strategic Plan with our focus of “Enthusing, Equipping, and Engaging people for God’s global mission.” We continue to be grateful for your encouragement and support. It’s your involvement through prayer and financial giving that has strengthened NZCMS and made it possible for our Mission Partners to continue carrying out God’s work and for new endeavours to start.

This year’s AGM will see the announcement of the results of the election of a new Council. You’re invited to the AGM in Christchurch on Saturday March 19.


May God richly bless you and the work of NZCMS

Paul Cooper (NZCMS Council Chairperson).


The NZCMS AGM will be followed by a 'CMS Conversation' at 7pm, featuring a partner working in the Middle East. Come to be challenge and inspired about what God is doing in our world and how we can all get involved.

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  1. In these times of pressure from economic migrants I rejoice to see things like dentistry being supported by CMS and i think we ought to remember how Marsden supported the sending of tradesmen in early New Zealand. Seeing overseas firms and corrupt rulers make money out of them while there is unemployment in their own island or country is a sure base for discontent whether in Africa or the Pacific islands. Foreign companies making money for their shareholders tend not to train local people to work their land well or develop businesses. Can we go beyond asking for evangelists, teachers and medical staff to people who can help manage the land, forestry, fisheries etc, from the point of view of the local people? I am now in a Selwyn retirement village and am challenging them to extend their skills to other countries and cultures as we could well be doing with other developments. Most people would rather live in their own country if only there was a job.

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