+Philip JonesEaster Season of Milestones and Mission

Dear friends of the Mission,

This Eastertide has been an especially meaningful one for me and for the AMiA, and I pray it has been for you as well. Last month we marked our fifth anniversary as a Mission Society. In the last five years, the AMIA and the College of Consultors have created and grown new missionary opportunities, locally and globally. Here in the U.S., the AMIA has lived into our three stream Mission Society call by building new and reinvigorating existing worshipping communities and identifying new leaders in our midst. The College has been living out its commission globally, responding to new inquiries about our missional way of witnessing to the Gospel and supporting new chapters of the Anglican Mission in Canada and India.

Claudia and I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda the Monday after Easter to spend some time with Archbishop Kolini, his wife, Freda, Bishop Sospeter and Mike+ Murphy. It is a busy and joyful time in the Anglican Mission and I wanted to share with them how God is raising up leaders in our midst. I told them story after story of what God is doing: stories of our rectors at new and existing churches and how they are exploring ways to bring their congregations into a missional mindset in our chaotic American culture; stories of congregations learning new ways to reach out to their local communities; and stories of how liturgical worship in our AMiA churches is speaking to the hearts of the confused and the lost.

Earlier this month we were thankful to welcome the College members and some of our Mission Partners as they traveled to the U.S., first for the consecration on May 6th of +Matt Kessler as Bishop Emissary for the Diocese of Kagera by Bishop Aaron Kijanjali in San Antonio. We look forward to +Matt serving the AMIA as an advocate for church planting and new works.

A week later, we traveled to Pawleys Island, SC for the consecration of +Kevin Donlon as Bishop Emissary for the Diocese of Dunkwa-on-Offin by Bishop Edmund Ahmoah. +Kevin will serve the College with his expertise in canon law and international ecclesiastical affairs.

The next day, many of us flew to Nashville for the consecration of +Dan Scott as Bishop Emissary for the Diocese of Kindu by Bishop William Mugenyi on behalf of Archbishop Masimango. +Dan will serve the AMIA as a pastoral connector for three stream Anglicanism with other denominations and faiths.

Please continue to keep the Anglican Mission in America, the College of Consultors, our overseas Mission Partners, and our Clergy in your prayers as we do the work God has called us to.

Please know that I am praying for you and for this new season in the life of AMiA, as the Lord call us deeper into His Kingdom work. I have been so encouraged to hear stories from all our clergy, churches, and new works. During these last weeks of Easter, I pray God’s grace and peace to each of you!

Alleluia! He is Risen!

On Mission,

+Philip