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Sadly, Archbishop Ben Kwashi is no longer able to join us for this event. As a result, this event is no longer going ahead.

 

Recently Archbishop Ben Kwashi travelled to the US for an annual check-up following his treatment for cancer in 2021. At that medical check-up, the doctors asked him to return to hospital for a medical procedure in the second week of July. Until the result of that procedure is known the decision has been taken to cancel all other engagements and travel so that alternative plans can be put in place with as much notice as possible.

Archbishop Ben deeply regrets this as his priority has always been to faithfully proclaim the gospel of Christ and his saving mission to the world. The engagements Archbishop Ben accepts are for that purpose and to cancel is deeply distressing to him. As Archbishop Ben keeps you in his prayers, please keep him in your prayers during the coming months.

 

We will certainly be praying.

 

Though the event is cancelled, our work to support persecuted Christians in Nigeria and beyond continues. In Jos itself, Anglican Aid has been working with the Diocese to support our brothers and sisters in Kaduna and Plateau States who have lost homes and livelihoods due to militant attacks. Together, we have supplied maize, beans, water pumps, grinding machines and zinc roofing sheets to repair houses that have been burned down.

Mrs Lawan Andimi was given a grinding machine to help feed her six children. Her husband, a Christian leader, had been kidnapped and killed by Boko Haram in 2020. She said,

 

“Please give my gratitude to the brothers and sisters in Australia who have made this sacrifice.”

 

To find out more about Anglican Aid’s humanitarian relief for persecuted Christians and to be notified about future events, please subscribe here.

 


 

In some of the furthest corners of the globe, the church is seeing amazing growth. “Many many evangelists are just opening churches, I can’t stop them!” Says Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria. “They are not even on the map!”

In Nigeria, Jesus’s message of hope and salvation is spreading and being eagerly received! Yet, while the church is growing rapidly here, persecution and violence against Christians is growing too. Last year, 4,650 Christians were killed in Nigeria, more than anywhere else in the world.

Archbishop Ben Kwashi has had many personal experiences of grief and loss caused by hatred towards Christians. His home has been attacked on four occasions. His wife was left partially blind, his neighbour was shot and killed, and his church and vicarage have been burned down.

Yet, Archbishop Kwashi still clings to Jesus, even when faced with these atrocities.

Ben Kwashi is a GAFCON leader, a global network of evangelical churches, many of which are in the developing world, and an inspirational man of faith. What can we learn from his experiences of facing persecution personally, as a pastor, and as a leader of the global church?

What can we do to strengthen churches in Nigeria and elsewhere, who are facing violent opposition?

What can we do to help transform communities destroyed by conflict?

Attendees will:
  • Hear the personal story of the Archbishop’s experience of persecution, and find out why he still trusts and follows Jesus.
  • Be encouraged by what God is doing through believers across the globe – including in places where having faith in Christ is dangerous. 
  • Understand how your support for our brothers and sisters overseas can assist them in facing violent opposition
  • Discover how you can stand with our family of faith experiencing persecution.
Details

When: Saturday 13 August, 9am (9.30am start) – 12pm. 

Where: Village Church, Annandale – 122 Johnston St, Annandale NSW

Cost: $25


Program

9.30am Welcome – MC: Dominic Steele

 

Keynote Archbishop Ben Kwashi, Chair, GAFCON

 

10.15amMorning tea

 

10.45amPANEL: Strengthening churches, transforming communities

Moderator: Dominic Steele

Archbishop Ben Kwashi, Chair, GAFCON

Malcolm Richards – Director, Centre for Global Mission, Moore College

Craig Roberts – CEO, Youthworks; GAFCON Youth and Children’s Ministry Network Leader

Bill Salier – Theological Education Network Director, GAFCON

Tim Swan – CEO, Anglican Aid

 

What is needed to equip Christian leaders around the world to teach the gospel faithfully, even in the face of violent persecution? How does the global church minister to communities displaced by persecution? Are there ways to strengthen churches overseas as they share God’s overflowing grace with their local communities? How can and are we in the Sydney Diocese supporting and resourcing our brothers and sisters in the developing world?

 

This wide-ranging discussion will bring a global perspective to challenges faced by the Anglican communion: reaching the lost and spreading the gospel, providing Bible training to pastors, engaging with youth and disenfranchised communities, supporting families, and addressing the present and physical needs of people in poverty.

 

11.45am – Pray and close

 

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi

As general secretary of GAFCON, Nigeria’s Archbishop of Jos Ben Kwashi is one of the world’s most influential Anglican leaders. He and wife Gloria have six children, including one who has become a priest. Together they also have 74 orphans living with them in Jos.

Ben Kwashi was consecrated as the first bishop of the newly created Anglican Diocese of Jos in 1992. He became Archbishop of Jos Province in the Church of Nigeria in 2008; and was re-elected for a second term in 2013.

In 2003, the Federal Republic of Nigeria conferred on him the national honour as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the second-highest civilian honour bestowed in Nigeria.

Malcolm Richards – Bishop for International Relations

Bishop Malcolm Richards was consecrated in July 2019, as the Bishop for International Relations. Bishop Richards worked as an Optometrist in Canberra before applying to CMS to serve in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) in the area of youth work and evangelism. After two terms with CMS, he returned to Australia to complete his studies at Moore Theological College. Following eight years in parish ministry, including the establishment of an evangelical church in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, he and his wife Elizabeth returned to DR Congo to set up a Bible School in the Diocese of Kindu. He is fluent in Swahili and speaks some French.

 

Following this time in DR Congo, Bishop Richards served as General Secretary of the CMS NSW & ACT for eight years. As well as the role of Bishop for International Relations, Bishop Richards serves as the Director of the Centre for Global Mission at Moore College, and is the Chair of the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid.

 

Bishop Richards has three adult children and seven grandchildren.

 

Craig Roberts – CEO, Youthworks

Canon Craig Roberts has served as CEO of Youthworks since December 2017. Youthworks exists to partner with churches and schools to see an effective youth and children’s ministry in every church. Craig is married to Libby, and they have three children aged from 13 to 25. He came to Christ as a teenager through the youth group at his local church and studied economics and moved into corporate finance before heading into ordained ministry. Over the 17 years of his parish ministry at Neutral Bay Anglican, he saw how churches grow through intentional investment in children’s and youth ministry.

Bill Salier – Consultant, GAFCON Theological Educator’s Network

Rev Dr Bill Salier has been serving as Consultant in the GAFCON Theological Educators’ Network. Bill’s extensive experience in theological education, and his gifts as a scholar and teacher, make him ideal for this role. His responsibility will be undertaken under the umbrella of Moore College’s Centre for Global Mission.

 

Bill Salier was formerly the Principal of Youthworks College, and Vice Principal of Moore Theological College.

Tim Swan – CEO, Anglican Aid

As CEO of Anglican Aid, the Rev Canon Tim Swan brings strong mission, biblical, and cross-cultural credentials having served as a CMS missionary at the Centre for Pastoral Studies (CEP), in Santiago, Chile for 10 years, and having led a church plant on his return to Australia.

 

He is passionate about seeing churches partner with like-minded Christians around the world.

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