Twice, in the past three years, I have traveled to Australia and New Zealand advancing the cause of the multi-ethnic church throughout the region. In fact, in 2008, I spoke at Christchurch Chinese Church, a vibrant multi-ethnic church in Christchurch and conducted a seminar at the Bible College of New Zealand (now called Laidlaw College). Then in 2009, I returned to Christchurch with Kiwis Max Palmer (Mosaix' representative in the country, 3rd from the left in picture above) and David Boyd (3rd from the right in picture above) to speak at the first Multi-ethnic Church Conference in New Zealand, sponsored by Mosaix.
New Zealand is a beautiful country with beautiful people from many nations living and working there, making it ripe for building healthy multi-ethnic churches for the sake of the Gospel. And pastors, my friends there, are doing just that ... which is why, for this reason and many more, I am asking you to join me in prayerful support of our multi-ethnic brothers and sisters in Christchurch at this time. They are now confronting a tragic loss of life and devestation. Just a day ago, Max Palmer, himself, told me that the 6.3 earthquake that rocked Christchurch is the "biggest natural, peacetime, disaster ever to hit the country." The people there are in shock, grieving the loss of life and sacred space (i.e., Christchurch Cathedral, an icon of the country).
As of this writing, I am working to connect via Skype with pastors from Christchurch tomorrow (Thursday, February 24) on my radio show, beginning at 1p Eastertn, 10a Pacific. Please tune in live to show your support and learn more from these multi-ethnic church pastors ministering on the ground in Christchurch.
Dr. Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock and Executive Director of the Mosaix Global Network. A recognized leader in the multi-ethnic church movement, Mark is the author of two books: Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church, and Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity Into Your Local Church. He is a contributing editor for Leadership and also for Outreach Magazine in which his column, Ethnic Blends, appears in each issue.