Report on AMI inaugural Spring Festival April 2018

A new chapter in the Life of Anglican Mission – A Society of Mission and Apostolic works is launched

  

Wonderful, moving, historic are just some of the words used by those who attended “A light for the Nations” - The Anglican Mission International’s Inaugural Spring Festival, held April 11 – 14 2018.  The aim of the festival was to honor our overseas partners by spending time with them in prayer and fellowship, listening to their hearts and learning from their  experiences of mission and ministry.  There was the desire to share mutual local to Global to local mission strategies  to build up the Kingdom. Our greatest privilege was to sit at the feet of our mission partners and listen. We shared in their joys and sorrows, their successes and their current challenges. We were humbled by stories of great suffering and the pure courage with which they were met. We were blessed with wisdom and insights which are transferable into our situations and the opportunities to share in the global mission of the church. 


The one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Body of Christ is a global entity. We are part of the Body of Christ – The Body of Christ is local and global and Anglican Mission International is local and global. 


The great joy of being involved with AMI is that you can be global without ever having to travel across the globe. We have parishes that send members overseas for short periods of time, and we have some parishes who have yet to send anyone and may never, yet they too are a blessing and are participating in the Global Mission. Every time you invite one of our partners into your church or home; every time you receive a partner from our overseas family; every time you take the time to listen to their message and share; every time you pray; every time you give to projects; you are participating in global mission. Not everyone is called to travel overseas. But we can all be together in the global family of Anglican Mission International and be blessed by it and seeing the church grow locally and overseas.


It was clear from the witness of the Holy Spirit at the Festival that God is encouraging global partnerships. We have much to learn from the experience of our partners, as they speak from different cultures and perspectives they enliven and enhance our witness and mission. We bring similar gifts to the table for them. It is a two way street.   When we share our lives together we become more than the sum of our parts. The presence and witness of our global partners in our local congregations is vital to the missional health of our Churches. One of the most powerful mission energizers is to invite our partners to come and speak and minister in our congregations, and, then as bishop Carl says to “linger” with them, enjoy their presence, share and hang out. 


An abiding memory for him is when Bishop Peter from Malek Diocese in Southern Sudan came to dinner and played marbles on the kitchen floor with his three year old granddaughter. This is the kingdom at its best – We are family. 


Personally I wept as Bishop Peter shared his life past and present. His life story growing up as a “Lost boy” of the Sudan (over 40,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1987–2005); about 2 million were killed and millions were displaced) to being the Bishop with oversight of over 42,000 souls. Yet his family still living in a refugee came in Kenya to be safer from human trafficking. In the midst of all these challenges, his joy is overwhelming and contagious. I was honored to be in the same room as him. This is just a glimpse of many similar testimonies from the week.   


It is going to take some time for all the implications of our time together to become a reality and be implemented, but what is for certain a new exciting Chapter in the Life of Anglican Mission has begun. Another ship in our Society of Mission and Apostolic works has set sail and for those who are on board life will never be the same. 


One Society Many Chapters – Global Mission & Apostolic Works - Kingdom Focused

  










"It is a two way street.   When we share our lives together we become more than the sum of our parts."













 

"Another ship in our Society of Mission and Apostolic works has set sail and for those who are on board life will never be the same. 

 One Society Many Chapters – Global Mission & Apostolic Works - Kingdom Focused."




  

"The great joy of being involved with AMI is that you can be global without ever having to travel across the globe. We have parishes that send members overseas for short periods of time, and we have some parishes who have yet to send anyone and may never, yet they too are a blessing and are participating in the Global Mission."