Meri Kirihimete!

'I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken" -Psalm 62:1-2

I have to admit that being president was not on my agenda. I have no qualifications of any high degree, but, this scripture speaks to me about my role and vision for our ladies, and I will wait quietly before my God.

I joined Kahui Wahine when the older wisdom women were in full flight. Mihi Turei, Sue Wolff, Pani Ngatai, Tangi Walker, Nan Smith, Beryl Aranga and many others. This group of Maori Anglican women followed the mission statements of the church to the tee. I learnt from them about servantship, heart to heart ministry.

"Jesus sat down and called the twelve disciples (kahui wahine) over to him. Then he said "Anyone who wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else" -Mark 9:35

We have a committee of three new women and our time to lead could have a short span, but look again at the scripture. Jesus‘ technique was to moblize people who would not only carry on where He left off but would train future generations who would continue the proclaimation down through the next generation and the next. He was looking for quality and quantity through them. The quality would be their blessedness, which came through their attitudes to the Lord, to themselves, and to others.

For me this is what our vision should be, serving others, not ruling or lording over each other but, heart to heart ministry as the body of Christ.

May this message of peace and goodwill bless you all through this holy season, and the New Year bring joy, laughter and renewal in Christ mighty name. Canon Jackie.

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