Christian World Service

CWS launches an appeal for cyclone-devastated Fiji

Christian World Service has launched an appeal for Fiji after Cyclone Winston caused widespread destruction. The death toll has reached 42 and continues to rise. Many more have been injured, and government authorities report that more than 13,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

Read more or give to the appeal here.

CWS is the PCANZ’s official emergency aid, justice and development agency. CWS acts to end poverty and injustice throughout the world by:

  • Funding groups that tackle poverty and help people build decent livelihoods in their own communities.
  • Responding to humanitarian emergencies.
  • Raising awareness of development issues within Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Campaigning against the causes of global poverty and injustice.

Appeal for Tonga

Christian World Service has launched an appeal to support the women of Ha’apai and Vava’u organising clean-up operations in Tonga, in the wake of Cyclone Ian. Here is a press release providing further details and how to donate to the appeal.

New Christian World Service Board Member

Sally Russell is the PCANZ representative on the CWS Board. Sally is an elder and an active participant at St. Columba’s Church, Havelock North. She is involved in many community groups and has a special interest in social justice issues. Sally organises the annual International Cultures Festival, is deeply committed to the New Zealand China Friendly Society, and also has pastoral involvement with seasonal workers in Hawke’s Bay.

CWS Appeal for Syria

Phil King’s article in the August edition of Bush Telegraph includes a mention of the war in Syria. Please consider whether you can support the Christian World Service Syria Appeal. Donations can be sent to CWS, PO Box 22652, Christchurch 8140 or 0800 74 73 72 or online.

Earlier this year Christian World Service (CWS) launched an appeal for Syria, and sought help from partner churches to qualify for extra Government assistance for this appeal. PCANZ Global Mission contributed $5,000 towards this appeal. The New Zealand Government matched the $50,000 CWS raised with another $50,000. This supported the work of CWS partner, the Department for Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). They work in Jordan and Lebanon with Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees formerly living in Syria. CWS thanked Global Mission for its contribution of $5,000, which enabled CWS to apply for these funds. More information can be found on the Christian World service website