Zane and Karen (South East Asia)
They are in partial lockdown, though can go bike riding. The children are being schooled at home. They ask prayer to be godly parents in this situation and for wisdom for Zane as he is now acting vicar of their church. Updates from them are available through the Diocesan website, www.nelsonanglican.nz Bishop Steve's interview with Zane on around 25 April and through the NZ CMS website www.nzcms.org.nz
Nathan and Rosey (South Asia)
They came home on leave to Nelson before the lockdown. The girls have settled back into their previous school. You can watch a "garage conversation" interview with Nathan and the work of Loyal workshop. Nathan is doing a marathon to raise money for this work via a Give a Little page. The interview is on www.facebook.com/nelsonanglicans.
Chris and Catherine (Central Asia)
No fresh news from them, but remember the whole family also Sasha in NZ for varsity study.
Wayne and Bronwyn: Their city is still on high alert, but life has begun to go back to normal and they are allowed to go to the parks and sports grounds if they have a health certificate. Wayne has been teaching on line for some time and Bronwyn will begin soon. They have had some distance contact with international students.
Remember also other NZ CMS mission partners and their governments - most of whom are in lockdown in their countries. They are situated in Cambodia, Asia and South Asia, PNG, Central America and Jonathan and Tess and their large family in the Solomons. Thankfully Covid 19 has not reached the Solomons. Further information can be found on the NZ CMS website and the Anglican Missions website - www.angmissions.org.nz
Celtic circle of prayer
Circle .... Lord keep protection near. And danger afar
Circle .... Lord keep joy within, Keep fear out
Finally NZ CMS have a wonderful initiative - a Thursday afternoon "Happy Hour". Their website explains: "In April 1799 a group gathered at their local - the Castle and Falcon Pub - to get into the gritty issues of mission in their current context... This was the forming of the Church Missionary Society."
In April 2020, we are gathering in our local “The NZCMS House of Zoom” to do the same: to tackle the mission issues in this current season. We'll be hearing from a panel of our current Mission Partners scattered around the globe on a different theme each week."