Christians Need Other Christians

As I write this article, I am traveling across North America with the Primate of all IMG_8706Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh and his 10 member entourage, visiting CANA congregations, worshipping with the faithful and strengthening the ties that bind faithful Christians together across nationality and continent.

North of the U.S. border in Canada, I have met with small groups of faithful believers in remote towns and cities. In Dallas, Texas it was a joy to be received by a congregation in CANA West diocese and then to worship in Indianapolis in a congregation of the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity.

During this tour, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh met with Archbishop Foley Beach, signaling the close ties between the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Anglican Church in North America. Both archbishops serve the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, both are members of the GAFCON Primates Council and both are committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Participating in the relationships and observing them first hand has reminded me of the biblical concepts of interdependence and mutuality. Christians need other Christians!

Writing to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul says, [we need each other] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. [Eph 4:12]

Paul’s word for equipping is interesting. It is the same word used in Matthew 4:21 where torn fishing nets are being repaired, again the same word is used in 1 Thessalonians 3:10 where it refers to supplying something which is lacking, Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may restore [prepare / equip] whatever is lacking in your faith. This is significant because those who belong to Jesus are all personally gifted by Him with different grace and yet, we are not so perfectly gifted that we do not need fixing up and restoring and preparing and equipping.

Christians need other Christians, and this is one of the great strengths of the Anglican Church and it is reflected in the local congregation [parish], the local diocese [CANA East] and the wider Anglican Church [GAFCON].

The fundamental declarations of CANA East underscore our mutual belief and relationship with one another in CANA East and with other faithful Anglicans around the world:

1.We are united by a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a commitment to the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures.
2.We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father but by Him.
3.We receive the doctrine of the Jerusalem Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration issued June 29, 2008.
4.We acknowledge the doctrine of Reformational Anglicanism expressed in the Thirty Nine articles of religion and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as faithful expressions of the teaching of Scripture providing the standard for Anglican theology and practice.

These statements unite us with millions of faithful Anglicans around the world (over 20 million in the Church of Nigeria alone). But we need each other and God’s gifts in all of our lives to enable the Church to fulfill her mission to proclaim the gospel to all the world.

How wonderful it has been over the two weeks of this North American tour to experience Canadian Anglicans, American Anglicans and Nigerian Anglicans worshipping Jesus together in the renewed unity of biblical Anglicanism in the 21st century.

Christians need other Christians!

Solvitur ambulando cum deo [it is solved by walking with God].

Bishop Julian Dobbs

 

 

 

New Regional CANA East Archdeacons

Thursday July 20, 2017

Bishop Dobbs announces three new regional archdeacons in CANA East.EastSeal.orange

The Venerable Richard Lafferty will serve as archdeacon of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Venerable  Will Wilson will serve as archdeacon of the newly created Archdeaconry of the Chesapeake.

The Venerable Jay Cayangyang will serve as archdeacon of the North East.

The regional archdeacons of CANA East serve as the senior clergy on behalf of the bishops of the diocese. Each archdeacon has responsibly for clergy in a specific geographic region and undertakes to: pray for the clergy, spouses and families in the archdeaconry, make regular pastoral contact with each clergy person, annually visit each congregation in the archdeaconry, regularly update the bishops regarding the clergy and congregations in the archdeaconry and serve at diocesan gatherings such as installation services, ordinations, etc.

Bishop Dobbs also announced that Archdeacons Don Helmandollar and Alan Crippen will retire as regional archdeacons and serve with Archdeacons Gauss as archdeacons and advisors to the Bishops.

CANA East archdeaconries can found at this link

Save Lives This Lent

SAVE LIVES THIS LENT – A Special Request From Bishop Julian Dobbs

Appeal on behalf of the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Church of Uganda

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As drought and famine grip East Africa, stricken
Christians cry for help

“We are appealing for food aid to help us against this ravaging drought,” cried Canon Christopher Chochoi from East Pokot, Kenya, which is enduring its worst drought for five decades. There has been no rain since June 2016. “Cattle, donkeys and camels have died before our own eyes,” continued Canon Chochoi. “Humans are faced with starvation … [they] have now resorted to boiling and eating wild fruit. They boil the fruits for several hours to remove poison before eating them … I doubt we will survive in the next few months.”

From the nearby Diocese of Marsabit, Rev. Jeremiah Omar reports that 70% of the livestock are already dead from drought – a disaster for the many nomadic communities in the area.

“We are being overwhelmed with refugees
from South Sudan.”

Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda

The whole of northern Kenya and parts of its coastal region are suffering from drought.

An added problem is that many of the worst affected areas – in the north and the coastal region – are the places where Christians are a despised, marginalized and oppressed minority amongst a Muslim majority.

Deaths expected in Uganda

Parts of neighboring Uganda are also affected. Two consecutive crops have failed due to abnormally heavy and destructive rains which were followed by drought, due to the El-Niño climatic effect. Deaths from malnutrition are expected to start this month. There will be no relief until June at the earliest, and then only if the rains have come at the right time.

Uganda has absorbed over half a million refugees from South Sudan since last July. Mostly women and children, they are fleeing the conflict there and include many widows and women who do not know what has happened to their husbands. “Many people have very little apart from their clothes they are wearing … people were robbed by armed gangs as they were travelling and lost all their possessions,” said Rev. Canon Nason Baluku, Coordinator of Planning, Development and Rehabilitation for the Province of the Church of Uganda, which is seeking to assist the refugees.

“Please pray with us that the long rains [normally starting in March/April] come early and that God provides for His people.”
Canon Christopher Chochoi

An appeal from:

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali
Primate of the Church of Uganda

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

Primate of All Nigeria, Church
of Nigeria

Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Archbishop of Jos, Church of Nigeria

Lord Carey of Clifton
former Archbishop of Canterbury, 1991-2002

Archbishop Peter Jensen
General Secretary of GAFCON

Bishop Julian Dobbs
Missionary Bishop, Convocation of Anglicans in North America

Lord Donald Curry of Kirkharle
Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on South Sudan

Bishop Keith Sinclair

Bishop of Birkenhead

Bishop Rod Thomas
Bishop of Maidstone

Bishop Robert and Mrs Sue Martin
formerly Bishop of Marsabit, Anglican Church of Kenya and Honorary Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, Church of England

Prebendary Richard Bewes
Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London and former rector of All Souls Langham Place

Rev’d Paul Perkin
Vicar of St Mark’s Battersea Rise, London

Canon Dr Vinay Samuel
Church of South India, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Embu, Kenya

Canon Dr Chris Sugden
Canon St Luke’s Cathedral, Jos, Nigeria and St Anselm’s Cathedral, Sunyani, Ghana.

Colin Blakely
Editor, Church of England Newspaper

Save lives

  The elderly are amongst the most vulnerable in East Pokot, enduring its worst drought for five decades
  The elderly are amongst the most vulnerable in East Pokot, enduring its worst drought for five decades
   

Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, and Rt Rev. Bishop Qampicha Daniel Wario, Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya, have appealed to Barnabas Fund for help to provide food aid to save the lives of the most vulnerable Christians in the worst affected areas. Just $37 a month will feed one family in Kenya with maize, beans, cooking oil, powdered milk and salt. That is approximately $1.25 a day.

Costs are even lower in Uganda, where food is cheaper. The Church of Uganda has asked us to feed 70,000 people for the next three months. The cost is $5 per person per month – just $1.25 a week.

  Many cattle are dying from the drought in northern Kenya, a disaster for communities which are dependent on their livestock
  Many cattle are dying from the drought in northern Kenya, a disaster for communities which are dependent on their livestock
   

As Lent approaches, and we turn our minds to fasting and prayer, can you set aside a gift to help the starving Christians of Kenya and Uganda? Can your home-group or church give an offering?

And remember them in your prayers.

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