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Refugees: We can do more - a call to action

He was a distinguished looking man, mid 50's. His bearing suggested he had been a person of some significance, probably one to whom people went to for advice and counsel. We met him far from his home in Sudan – selling – or trying to sell useless trinkets to tourists in Cannes.

The taxi driver told me he grew up in Ninevah. Yes the same city Jonah was reluctantly sent to. Some of his family still live there. A Christian, one of the several million who have fled persecution in the Middle East, he calls Wellington home. Now a New Zealand citizen, he has enjoyed and contributed to richness of our society for 20 years.

There are times when human tragedy on a large scale unfolds before us. This is one of those times. The brief images on the television news only hint at the horrors and desperation which causes families to risk extreme danger in the hope of finding a new life, somewhere, anywhere which might provide safety and security.

There is no question New Zealand can make a difference to refugees and could do more. Increasing the quota, doubling or better for 2 -3 years to attend to the worst of the crisis. The Government however seems to be deaf, but I suspect they will no longer sit on their hands if 1000's of New Zealanders write to or visit their member of parliament asking for compassionate action on our behalf.

Yes it might mean as churches we need to offer practical support to help refugees find and make a home in New Zealand. Faith, compassion and our common humanity call us to action.

David Bush
General Secretary – Methodist Church of New Zealand
4 September 2015

This statement was endorsed by Council of Conference and is issued on behalf of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.

Mission and Ecumenical Annual Appeal 2015

Mission and Ecumenical Annual Appeal 2015



Light up Young Lives

Tabaka Solar Power Fund

Tabaka Rural Training Institute

Established in 1992 by the United Church of Solomon Islands

The institute trains over 100 young men and women in various skills from outboard motor and generator repair to hospitality and tourism.

The need to light up the main hall of the institute is felt for some time. Due to lack of power the young lives are in dark in the evening.

A Solar Power Unit for the main hall will help the students to do studies in the evening as well as provide light for recreational activities.

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Strategic Conversations – an invitation to the Church

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