Last Sunday I had the privilege to join Pane Kawhia from the NZCMS Council at a special event at Kaiaua Marae on the Hauraki Gulf. This was to celebrate Samuel Marsden’s first visit after he delivered his first sermon at Rangihoua in 1814. The day began with a Powhiri at 9am followed by a church service and historical presentations. Plus lots of kai. Local Kaumatua, Murehu Wilson, narrated the genealogy of Ngati paoa and Ngati Whanaunga which gave us insight into the history of the area, especially about how the people received the Gospel. I spoke on behalf of CMS, acknowledging the role of the early Missionaries (both Europeans and local Maori evangelists) as messengers of the Good News and encouraged the local iwi to embrace the good news of Jesus for today. I also had the privilege of presenting the new edition Paipera Tapu to the kaumatua of the Marae.
We also heard from Ron McGough. He share that some land, now with the Anglican Church, was first gifted to CMS by the local iwi and that most of it had been sold. However, the Church was planning to return the remaining pieces of land to the local iwi. I was very encouraged by the news.
The event was a great celebration of the good news of Jesus impacting the people in Hauraki area.
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