Globally, New Zealand is seen as a small, somewhat protected nation. Yet we have faced major tragedies over the past few years that have not only undermined our ‘safe haven’ status, but caused the people of New Zealand to wonder: What’s next?! Sadly, this question has already been answered for us, as the coronavirus gains traction around the world.
We are Te Ope Whakaora—the Army that brings life—and this shapes our responses in the midst of these tragedies. I have no doubt that as our corps and centres collectively assist their communities across New Zealand that they will continue to find creative and life-giving ways to bring hope in dark places.
In this week’s War Cry we remember the tragedy of the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre shootings. This unveiled the small Islamic community within our larger community, and challenged our perceptions of people of a different faith.
In the last Sunday of March, we engage with the International Day of Prayer for Children and Youth. In response to this, we bring to you an article which highlights the work of Child Rescue New Zealand and their efforts to bring hope in dark places in Asia. We encourage you to pray for this organisation and the work they undertake with children who are exploited and trafficked.
Finally, no matter what comes our way, we can be confident that we do not face it alone, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. In Mark 5:36 it says: ‘Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe”.’
Psalms 3:8 (NKJV)
Salvation belongs to the Lord.Your blessing is upon Your people.
Nga Waiata 3:8
Nā Ihowā te whakaoranga: kei runga i tāu iwi tāu manaaki.