March 2014 World Church Bulletin

     Dear friends in mission:

 

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ...  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,   nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35, 37-39 NRSV

 

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" This is a question our friends at the Diocese of Peshawar-Church of Pakistan have been asking themselves as they continue to recover from the bombing of All Saints church last year. It is also a question that our friends from the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma must have asked themselves following the sudden death of their president, Rev Dr Tuikilakila Waqairatu. …" Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" And what of human trafficking? Mission partners the Waddells have had very real encounters of this in Zambia. It is also a question which the many young people in Cuba who have recently heard God's call may have to answer for themselves at some point during the course of their ministries.

 

At times, while trying to get the most out of a biblical passage we add too much to it. Sometimes it's best to simply let the passage speak for itself…

 

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ...  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,   nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Wishing you strength and steadfastness,

The World Church Relationships team

 

Read the March 2014 News Bulletin here

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