Two hundred years ago, Reverend Samuel Marsden stepped ashore at Oihi in the Bay of Islands. His was the first Christian missionary effort in the Land of the Long White Cloud, and we was sent and supported by the London-based Church Missionary Society (CMS).
To mark this significant anniversary, St Luke’s Church is hosting the national director of NZCMS, Rev Steve Maina, on his first official visit to Oamaru.
Mr Mania was born and ordained in Kenya and came to New Zealand six years ago to take on the position of national director for NZCMS. He brings the energy and passion of the African Church to the role, and is an engaging speaker and preacher.
“I’m looking forward to my first visit to Oamaru this weekend. I will share a little on why 2014 is a significant year for New Zealand. I will also talk about the changing face of mission, what I see happening globally and the role Kiwis can play,” he said.
He will preach at St Luke’s this Sunday at 10.30am, and will speak at 1pm in St Luke’s Hall. There is a free meal provided at noon, and all are welcome.
PHOTO: National director, NZCMS Steve Mania will be visiting Oamaru on Sunday.