Encounter Program

Support Anglicans from our Partners as they visit Australia to learn from – and teach – us about the similarities and differences in our approaches to mission.

Now that air travel has come back to life and Australians can travel overseas, we are able once again to receive Encounter visitors to this country. It’s a great feeling.

ABM’s Encounter Program is a way in which specially selected candidates from our overseas Partners can come to Australia for up to three months and work on agreed personal educational goals while being attached to one or two parishes or church entities during their stay. This allows them to learn about things that will be useful for them when they return to their own churches, and it allows Australian Anglicans to learn more about our Partners and the contexts they come from.

Recently, discussions have been had with the Rt Rev’d Reginald Makele, who is the Bishop of the New Guinea Islands in Papua New Guinea. His diocese covers islands such as New Britain, New Ireland, Manus, and Bougainville. He will be nominating a candidate to ABM and we expect that he will be able to travel to Australia in the second half of 2024. At the time of writing, we expect that he will spend at least some time, if not all, in South Australia. This is wonderful news because it has been a long time since we have been able to have a visitor from PNG and even longer since we have had one from the Diocese of the New Guinea Islands. Bishop Reg came to Australia himself as an Encounter Visitor some time ago to the Diocese of Newcastle. He is enthusiastic about the benefits that such visits can bring to those who are selected to come to this country. And he knows firsthand how transformative it has been to his own ministry.

Donations to this project help ABM to pay for flights to and from the visitor’s country. They also support the stipend that ABM pays to visitors during their time in Australia so that they can buy any incidentals they need during their visit. We ask Australian parishes to host visitors and we are always glad to hear from parishes who are willing to host visitors. It’s a great way of encountering Anglicans from other parts of the world and learning from them about how the Church in their part of the Anglican world is similar to but different from ours. 

A donation to this project will enable ABM to facilitate the hosting of our first Encounter Visitor since the pandemic period.

Project Prayer

And the Word became flesh and lived among us … full of grace and truth.
– John 1.14

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.
– from the Nicene Creed

Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, we praise you that your Son Jesus the Emmanuel, took on flesh and came to be one with us. Through this mystical encounter we have seen you.

We give you thanks for all who support the Encounter Program whether through their donations or by hosting visitors. We rejoice in those who have previously come to share their experiences of church life overseas with people in Australia, and we thank you for all that they have been able to teach us and all that they have been able to learn from us.

May the bonds of affection between ABM and its Partners grow ever and ever closer, drawing us to love one another as truly as your Son loves us.

In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:


Donation code: XG020EP

Not tax-deductible

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As noted, this is NOT a tax-deductible project.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans Board of Mission – Australia Ltd’ ABN 18 097 944 717

Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.