Tue 15, Aug 2017
When we contemplate the brave souls that have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the gospel, we think of Anglicans such as the Martyrs of New Guinea.
Over the past 100 years, many brave souls have shown us how to inspire others through our faith in Jesus Christ. The story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection has brought encouragement to many people, empowering them to achieve extraordinary things. This Martyrs' Day, let us bless the New Guinea Martyrs as they inspire us to help others that need our support.
Newton Theological College, just outside of Popondetta in Papua New Guinea, is the Anglican Church’s national clergy training college.
Built in the missionary era, the residential college strives to offer classes to ordinands (trainee clergy) and to their wives and children.
Learning has become increasingly difficult for students and teaching has become harder for staff, due to the lack of electricity. The whole college is powered by an old generator which uses a great amount of Diesel. Increasing fuel costs make it very expensive to run, therefore electricity is only available during the evening for a very small amount of time. As it is not able to be used during the day, students miss out on learning opportunities such as online courses and access to e-journals.
The library is also always in need of new study books and until these have been updated, it is important to have access to essential learning resources.
Newton Theological College needs your support to assist with its ongoing operating costs and study materials.
This project is non tax-deductible.
The Positive Parenting Program run by the Mothers Union of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, aims to empower parents to break down barriers such as unhelpful traditional beliefs that may be harmful to children within families and communities in their role.
The program covers topics such as sex, early marriage, child abuse and other forms of family violence, which are often taboo to discuss in Melanesia.
Mr George Kiriau, former General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Melanesia coordinates the program.
Mr Kiriau, along with his wife Minnie, has been organising Facilitator Training sessions for the Dioceses of Central Solomons and Hanuato’o. These classes equip new facilitators with the skills and knowledge to run their own Positive Parenting sessions.
The Facilitator Training course offers information on family dynamics, child development, cycles of abuse and positive discipline methods. The skills needed to facilitate a group are also discussed, including leading, speaking, and listening techniques.
Following the Facilitator Training, facilitators participated in an Intensive Parenting group session before setting up their own parenting group in their local communities.
Participants acknowledged that this training has helped them not only in becoming facilitators, but also as parents.
One man noted, “Through this workshop I have learnt a lot and felt encouraged as a father. I have reflected on the fact that at times I have been involved in negative things in my family and as a leader. I am not happy with how I behaved. I was aggressive before and realise that it was breeding hate and has a negative impact on people. Through this group I have learnt and been empowered to be a strong dad but not an angry or aggressive dad. I am making a new approach and want to try new things. I now know as a Dad I have a responsibility to my family especially for developing relationships, but also for the physical and intellectual development of my children. I am inspired. I am a new being. I want to now protect my children from harm and sickness and have ideas and methods for doing this. I am excited to try these.”
Your support of this project will allow others to realise their gifts and potential to teach communities in Melanesia about positive parenting.
This project is tax-deductible.
Online: You can make an online donation to the 2017 Martyrs Appeal here or by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.
Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Please include the campaign name 2017 Martyrs Appeal with your donation) and send it to:
Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.