Pacific 2 Nations: Ropeta’s Reflections

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It’s been almost two weeks since NZCMS and St Paul’s Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church hosted the Pacific2Nations Pastor & Leaders breakfast in Christchurch.

Pastor Lui Ponifasio and the P2N team travelled from Auckland to share the P2N vision with Pastors & Leaders from Christchurch’s Pacific community. It’s been an amazing experience as throughout this process God has weaved together at the right time people, organisations and churches to make this happen.

A highlight of the breakfast was seeing pastors and leaders come from different denominations and ethnic groups – including Samoans, Fijians, Papua New Guineans, plus a couple of token Europeans and a Kenyan (Steve). Steve reminded us that Pacific people were born to be missionaries: we can sleep anywhere, we can eat anything and we can blend right in because we’re neither too black nor too white.

Hearing the vision of P2N was refreshing. It was a reminder to the Pacific faith community about the legacy of our forefathers who spread the Gospel throughout the Pacific. Theirs was a passion that stirred their hearts so much that they conquered language, cultural and financial barriers to undertake the task that was set for them by God.

The challenge that’s been put out to the Pastors and Leaders by Lui is simple: will you and your church be the Goer’s, the Sender’s or the Disobedient ones? Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast,” the fast of the night, as it’s the first meal after sleeping. Some pacific churches are already engaged in local and global missions, praises to God, but the majority are still sleeping. God is slowly awakening them out of a deep sleep and helping his people ‘break the fast,’ directing them towards the ‘morning meal’ of mission involvement locally and globally. I’m excited about the follow-up from this breakfast as key leaders in Christchurch work with NZCMS and P2N on the where-to-next questions.

On September 11 & 12 the second P2N conference will be happening in Auckland and NZCMS will be there too. We’re expecting over 2000 people and some are coming from all over the world to attend. The theme this year is “Awakening The Warriors.” Will you pray for this up-and-coming event, that God will awaken many to what he is up to and how they can partner with him, and that by his power he will release the next generation of workers into the nations. For more info about the (free!) conference click here.