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Global news and encouragement at Canberra conference.

Arican church adr o addrss GAFCON Ausraasia A national church gathering of the face of violent opposition

the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFC ON) Australasia will hear from international leaders including GAFCON General Secretary, Archbishop Ben Kwashi. Archbishop Kwashi leads the church in Jos, a Nigerian region where Muslim Fulani extremists regularly attack Christian villages. Still in the planning stages, Archbishop Kwashi’s visit will include an address at the August 12-18 conference in Canberra as well as events in Sydney for Anglican Aid. “I look forward to welcoming to Australia Archbishop Ben Kwashi, a dear brother and partner in the gospel,” said the Rev Canon Tim Swan, CEO of Anglican Aid. “We are sharpening our focus on supp orting p ersecuted Christians and we trust that Archbishop Kwashi’s steadfast proclamation of the gospel in

will encourage Australian Christians to not only stand firm themselves, but join in wrestling in prayer for those suffering persecution around the world.” The Rev Michael Kellahan, the executive officer of GAFCON Australia, agrees. “It is very good for Sydney Anglicans to hear what God is doing in and through our global Anglican brothers and sisters. We learn so much from those who have been faithful under persecution, who understand the cost of following Christ in hard places. They fuel our prayers and stiffen our spines.” In addition to Archbishop Kwashi, American Archbishop Foley Beach – the chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council – is also expected to be in attendance. Says Mr Kellahan: “GAFCON h a s al way s b e e n ab o u t a movement of Anglicans around

and of Christian faith both form One4Life Redfern, Macarthur my identity and they represent Indigenous Reconciliation who I am as a person. To be Ministry and Walgett Indigenous able to create traditional art and Ministry. combine it to relay the message A l re a d y , o ve r t he t h re e of God’s word is very special and weekends of KYCK, more than powerful to me. $12,000 was raised in support of “My faith has shaped and these communities from teens guided me to live my life under across NSW. God’s love. Philippians 4:13 is my Says Miss Lee-Joe: “It’s go-to verse: ‘I can do all things an opportunity for teens to through Christ who strengthens celebrate Indigenous culture me’.” and support the traditional custodians of the land, and FIRST NATIONS SUPPORT we’ve seen a strong response”. All the proceeds from Abundant SC Love merchandise sales will be People interested in finding out given to four community care more about Take Love’s work programs that support a range of or supporting the First Nations ministries to Indigenous people: fundraising initiative can go to Coledale Frontyard Church, SouthernCross

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Coming together in August: Ben Kwashi and Foley Beach. the globe. At our Canberra conference in August we are delighted to welcome delegates from not just Australia but New Zealand and the South Pacific”. The conference will be held at the National Convention Centre

and seminar hosts include Bishop Jay Behan of the newly formed Church of Confessing A n g l i c a n s A o t e a ro a N e w Zealand. SC See for more details.

Abundant Love raises funds for the following ministries: Walgett Indigenous Ministry Providing pastoral care to Indigenous families grieving the loss of a loved one. Coledale Frontyard Church A safe space for Indigenous people to gather, hear the Bible preached and receive pastoral care. Dinner is also provided for the 8012- attendees. One4Life Redfern Providing food, n E glish classes, pastoral care and outreach to people with addiction. Macarthur Indigenous Reconciliation Ministry Weekly chaplaincy, assistance with oy uth groups, Indigenous community gatherings and crisis support including food hampers, fuel vouchers and grief counselling. 13