Our Youth Mobiliser Kirstin writes.
The NZCMS Mission Interns spent the last week of April journeying around the East Cape participating in various community activities and meeting amazing people. It was an incredible time of learning, growing in Christ and discovering more about cross-cultural mission. A highlight was the beginning of the trip when we had the privilege of joining with Kawea Te Rongopai for a few days. We were instantly struck by the enthusiasm and initiation of the youth to participate in remembering how the Gospel was brought to the Ngati Porou people. We were also impressed by the amazing leadership team who made it all happen.
It is a great year to celebrate the Gospel’s impact in Aotearoa being 200 years since it arrived in NZ. However Kawea Te Rongopai is more than just a “remembrance” event. As we joined these young people it was clear that the focus was on knowing one’s story and identity (one’s whakapapa as well as as identity in Christ). Through this focus we ask: how is my story a part of the Gospel – God’s Big Story – both in the past and in the present? For the interns this message of identity is important for understanding mission and particularly how to journey alongside one another, encouraging one another to look for God’s story and to find ways to share these amazing Gospel story with those we journey alongside.
Kia Ora Kawea Te Rongopai team for welcoming the NZCMS Whanau into your journey!