Tue 06, Aug 2019
The 2019 Martyrs Appeal needs $61,558 to assist our Anglican Partners in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Please give generously in honour of the Martyrs who gave their lives in service and faithfulness to Christ.
Newton Theological College plays a crucial part in the Anglican Church because it is where clergy – the future leaders – are trained. The students, often accompanied by their wives and children, live on the campus during the residential component of their four-year Diploma in Theology course.
There has been some improvement in the water supply, but four water tanks are still needed and funds are yet to be found for the college to be connected to the national grid.
The library has been renewed by a significant consignment of books. It’s providing much-needed help to the students who are trying to adapt to the changes in the curriculum, but more resources are needed to make it a better, up-to-date collection.
Support is also needed for the complementary program for the students’ wives. The program includes literacy, health and sewing.
Bishop Jeffrey Driver, Acting Principal of Newton College, says that there is also a need to purchase a vehicle for the college. Located 10 kilometres from Popondetta, it is a priority to have a robust diesel ute to service the college and also to ensure a duty of care in case of illness or accident.
ABM urges you to keep Newton College in your prayers. Your generous donation to this project will help provide for the training needs of students and their wives, as well as for the day-to-day needs of both the students and lecturers who live at the college.
The Anglican Church of Melanesia, like the early missionaries, is focussed on building “a church that matures spiritually, culturally, socio-politically, economically and in wellbeing. A new Anglican Church of capable, responsible people." - Outgoing primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, Rt Rev George Takeli.
With this in mind, ABM asks you to pray for the church as it continues to engage in God’s mission, and to consider giving to the work of the Positive Parenting Program, implemented by the Mothers’ Union throughout the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Positive Parenting Program encourages and equips parents to raise children in a healthy, positive way. It has already made powerful changes to individuals and families across both countries. As ABM’s Kate Winney witnessed: “The participants were asked to write down negative parenting habits, their ‘old ways’, and any descriptions of hurt or pain they may have experienced. Whilst singing hymns, these pieces of paper were nailed onto a cross and the next day were discarded in a fire as part of a ceremony. It was a powerful and personal moment to witness - seeing mothers, fathers, church and community leaders let go and learn from the past, not only as parents but for each participant personally. It was a reminder that this program is transformative – of families, communities, and people.”
(This project is tax-deductible.)
Please note: This appeal is now closed.