Closest to the camera, Satalaka Ligovasa and Meauke Finauga from Tuvalu Brethren Assembly find a "beautifully cooked meal.”
I deeply appreciated being with Māori and Pasifika leaders from across Auckland and across the country last Friday night for the second annual Hui at Willow Park Christian Camp in Auckland.
The evening was spent eating, laughing (thank you, Max) singing, and exploring together how we can be working together to point more people to Jesus through the gospel from the Bible.
My impression from the evening is that it was profoundly significant, for both the Pacifika CCCNZ/OBH Community and Maori CCCNZ/OBH community in Auckland and across the country. It had the sense of new beginnings, of a spark being lit. It felt like a baton was being passed from one generation to another. I left the gathering profoundly grateful for the opportunity to be there.
The other impression I had from the evening was that we are in good hands. The quality of our younger Māori and Pasifika leaders is a real delight to see!
I am grateful for the leadership of Max Guptill and Jerome Edwards. Jerome and Max desire to summarise the input given at the hui, send word back out to participants and to call another Hui to begin putting legs on it. I can’t wait to see what God will do through this gathering.
Above left, Jerome Edwards (Tamaki Community Church and Willow Park staff member) who co-hosted the hui talking with Robert Siakimotu (Onehunga Bible Chapel) before dinner.
By Mark Grace, CCCNZ Ambassador