Since 1842 and the ministry of Bishop Selwyn, the Islands of Melanesia and Polynesia have had a close relationship with New Zealand. Initially part of the Church of the Province of New Zealand, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) became a separate province in 1975. It includes Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.
For 2018 a grant of NZ$3,000 will be made towards income generating projects of three of ACoM’s religious communities. Projects supported are based on small-scale income generating projects designed to promote self-reliance and improve financial sustainability of their communities. The communities being supported are:
- the piggery project of the Melanesian Brotherhood, Diocese of Central Solomons, $1,000;
- the sewing project of the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia, Diocese of Guadalcanal, $1,000; and
- the poultry project of Community of the Sisters of the Church Diocese of Guadalcanal, $1,000.
These projects not only provide income for the communities, but provide goods for local markets and this in turn has direct positive impact on the mission and pastoral activities of the Sisters and Brotherhood.
As outlined in our Projects Booklet, parishes and individuals may wish to support specific Anglican Missions project(s) this year. We would especially like to thank the Auckland Cathedral who is providing support for the projects of the two communities of Sisters as outlined above.
Photos: Sr Sohphie Leguvaka, poultry project; Sr Glenda (standing) & Sr Heather Meithegna - sewing project. Credit of ACoM Media Officer
For the Anglican Church in Vanuatu, we have also been able to help by sending much needed and appreciated clergy robes and sashes which have been kindly donated by various parishes and individuals – THANK YOU to all who have donated these – they have been received in Vanuatu with great appreciation.