By LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
THE overall goal of the Re-launching of the Decade of Evangelism and Renewal from 2017 – 2027 is to renew and revitalise the mission and ministry of the Church.
This is according to Rev Canon John Kafwanka, Director for Mission of the Anglican Communion Office in London who was speaking at ACOM’s first night of a two week teaching session at Lawson Tama for the re-launching of the Decade of and Renewal from 2017 – 2027.
Speaking to the crowd, he voiced that the re-launch is a period for them to be intentional about their faith in Jesus Christ and how that faith must have implications in their daily lives for the ten year period and beyond.
Rev Kafwanka emphasised that it is a time to renew and strengthen all members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia so that they can become more committed with their time, money, skills, knowledge, wisdom, courage, strength, understanding, patience, humility and the earthly possessions and properties for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
He explained that this is also a renewal period to help them to be in the right shape, right place and right relationship with God, with other people and the rest of creation.
“That once the followers of Jesus are renewed then there will be renewal of families and family life, politics, government, business and industry; that God’s presence can be experienced and acknowledged by all in society, even those who do not believe in God, there is something special among these Anglican Christians,” said Rev Kafwanka.
He stressed that there is a need to rekindle their passion and love for Jesus so that they can appreciate what he has already done and is able to now do in and with their lives and mentioned that a personal relationship with Jesus shapes our understanding of his values, power and their part in it all.
Rev Kafwanka furthered that in Solomon Islands, there is the need to think of the 95 percent Christian population of all traditions and question ourselves of how this 95 percent Christian influences us in terms of our family life, business, industry, education, health, politics, government, media, work places in general, art, entertainment and leisure.
“If our answer is less than 50 percent, or less than 60 percent, or less than 70 percent, then something is seriously worrying,” he said.