Nau mai, haere mai Phil!
Please join us in praying for a smooth transition for Phil and Diane, and also for Morrinsville Baptist and SCNZ.
SCNZ, in partnership with Sports Chaplaincy Australia, is providing over 20 chaplains to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
England, USA and Samoa have dedicated team chaplains. All match venues have chaplains serving the teams and officials with 7 chaplains in New Zealand, 2 chaplains in Papua New Guinea and 14 in Australia. SCNZ Board Member Andrew Kerr is organising chaplaincy in New Zealand and Arthur Tane is looking after PNG. Hannah Johnson recently trained over 16 chaplains in PNG with two of them serving at the World Cup.
World Cup chaplaincy organiser, former Penrith Panthers NRL Chaplain Steve Stubbings says, “It’s such a thrill for local churches to make a significant contribution to a major international sporting event like the World Cup.”
He adds, “I also love seeing big men run into each other!”
Steve met up with England team chaplain Antonio Hall who also has the role of supporting the competition referees. Antonio is enjoying the experience of working with local chaplains saying, “I’m just so excited to be working internationally with you.”
Steve also says, “I want to say thank you to all the people who have committed themselves to serve at this year’s World Cup.”
New Zealand RLWC chaplains are:
Auckland: Andrew Kerr and James Poliko
Hamilton: Bill Davidson and Brendan Dickinson
Wellington: Siona Tulia and Paul Martell
Christchurch: Paul Keane