November 9 was a great time of celebration as Rosie Fyfe was commissioned as National Director of NZCMS by Peter Carrell, Bishop of Christchurch.. The newly appointed Bishop from Nelson, Steve Maina, also attended and gave his support and encouragement to Rosie as the previous National Director from 2009 to 2019. The CMS Australia International Director, Peter Rodgers, also attended the commissioning and spoke on behalf of all the Church Missionary Societies around the world as he welcomed Rosie into the CMS leadership family. There were also many NZCMS supporters, staff and board members who stood with Rosie and prayed for her in her new position.
Bishop Richard Ellena, the President of the NZCMS Trust Board, gave an inspiring and challenging talk on our need to re-claim the “why?” question of mission.
He quoted Luke 19:41:“As he (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept bitterly.”
“Jesus wasn’t weeping because of what he knew he would experience…” the Bishop said. “He was weeping over Jerusalem. And in the midst of the tears, he said “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace, but now it’s hidden from your eyes.”
Bishop Richard went on to explain that the city of Jerusalem was created to glorify and host the praises of God. It was God's plan to have Jerusalem as a light to the nations because of the peace and joy of those who lived there. But it was full of corruption, ruled over by the Romans and spiritually led by priests who were motivated by greed and neglected God’s justice and love.
“Our mission begins when we look out over God’s beautiful creation and weep” Bishop Richard said. “Mission happens when we, like God, so love the world that we weep when we see the injustices, the poverty, the violence, the greed, that complete devaluation of life. Mission is our response to the tears, and we support those who go.”
The new NZCMS National Director, Rosie, is already well acquainted with us, having been a Mission Partner with for five years in Egypt. She spent her time there as the Director of the Diocesan Partnership Office, responsible for partnerships to support the ministries of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. This involved her in the planning and implementation of health, education, theological, interfaith, and community development projects, as well as communicating what the Church was doing in Egypt. With this history and relationship with NZCMS already in place, she has a deep understanding of our DNA and a passion to see us continue to move forward in inspiring and equipping.
Would you please pray for Rosie as she continues to be led by God in this exciting new venture.