Anglican Missions, which is the global mission enabler for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, has named the projects that will receive funding grants in this year.
Anglican Missions provides funds to the New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) as well as projects proposed by this Church’s Māori, Polynesian and Pākehā mission arms.
In 2019, three-quarters of the Anglican Missions budget will go to part-fund the NZ Church Missionary Society’s mission partners, while the remaining quarter is made up of small and medium-sized grants that fund Tikanga mission activities across the Pacific and in the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
Anglican Missions projects approved for funding in 2019 are listed below.
NZ Church Missionary Society Mission Partners
In 2019, $560,000 will go to support 37 fulltime Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries working in the Pacific, Asia, East Africa, Europe, South America and Middle East regions. Profiles of 21 of the 2018 CMS mission partners are on the Anglican Missions site here. In 2019 these funds will supply approximately half the expenses of the missionaries and their families.
Diocese of Polynesia mission
A $50,000 fund will support mission, discipleship and evangelism programmes in the Diocese of Polynesia in 2019, including support for non-stipendiary clergy in their ministry and mission work.
Water for All, Fiji
This community water supply project in Fiji will use $25,000 from Anglican Missions to fund water tanks for households with threatened or irregular water supplies in Vatia - Labasa, Koronibalagi, Kasavu, Vucivuci and Levuka Lailai, as well as at Holy Trinity Anglican School in Suva.
‘Sarah Carers’ family violence responders
The Diocese of Polynesia’s House of Sarah will receive a grant of $25,000 to help fund the ‘Sarah Carers’ pastoral and social worker programme in Fiji, which trains local workers to get alongside and offer care to families suffering from domestic violence.
Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa missions
A $65,000 fund is available in 2019 for distribution to mission projects of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa by the Tikanga Māori Missions Council. This year funds will go towards Anglican Indigenous Network overseas delegations, Māori mission work in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, Minita-a-whānau mission development, climate change response training in Polynesia and ministry team training.
Overseas Missions: Tikanga Pākehā
A $31,000 fund is available for churches, groups or dioceses in Tikanga Pākehā to support short term mission trips. Recent examples have included construction and evangelism trips to Melanesia and Polynesia, a clergy visit from Tanzania to a North Island parish and diocesan-backed short-term mission trips for young people. Application details for Overseas Missions: Tikanga Pākehā can be found online here.
SOMA Sharing of Ministries Abroad
In 2019 the short-term mission organisation ‘SOMA’ will relaunch with $5,000 to enable its new national director, the Rev Andrew Allan-Johns as he shares the SOMA vision around Aotearoa and leads a short-term mission trip to Tanzania.
This year’s Anglican Missions Lenten Appeal will be out soon, featuring projects chosen by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. Anglican Missions also remains on standby to launch emergency appeals in response to urgent needs that arise.
To find out more about NZ Church Missionary Society here.
You can donate to Anglican Missions here.