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Apostolic Oversight and Covering

Apostolic Oversight and Covering

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APOSTOLIC COVERING AND OVERSIGHT

14th December 2011 Dear Bishop Chuck, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the love and the peace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Thank you for your e-mail which contains the information of the resignation of your good self and the eight other Anglican Mission in America Bishops from the House of Bishops of Rwanda. . The eight AMiA Bishops are: The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene The Rt. Rev. Doc Loomis The Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter The Rt. Rev. John Miller The Rt. Rev. TJ Johnston The Rt. Rev. Silas Ng The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones The Rt. Rev. John Rodgers We welcome your request for us to provide apostolic covering, oversight, and direction to you, the bishops, and congregations of the Anglican Mission. Earlier we have each responded to your request by our e-mails to you personally. We are clear that God has called us to accept this responsibility of becoming the Apostolic oversight and covering for you, the eight other AMiA Bishops, and congregations once again, until either the present crisis of AMiA which has been thrust upon you can be resolved or at such time when AMiA can safely transit into a Missionary Society with a permanent and safe home again. Part of this Apostolic oversight and covering is to stand by you and to give you all pastoral care, spiritual protection and encouragement so that you can exercise the same care and protection to all our dear brothers and sisters in Christ given by God to be put under your charge. We assert our authority as founding primates who have had continual care and ministry with you but also and more importantly because of the accusations in the letter from the Rwanda House of Bishops dated November 30 which violated their own canonical norms and processes as set forth in their canon. Please see attached documents. Making use of the opportunity of our meeting together in London 12-14 December, 2011, we write you this first pastoral note as your apostolic overseers and spiritual coverings. There are many things we could and want to share with you. You can read some of these from our official publication. In this e-mail we only want to pick up four matters: Firstly, we were and are heart broken over these turning of events concerning AMiA and PEAR. But more importantly still, we are more saddened knowing how much deeper our Lord Jesus had been hurt by all these events, as His body is being torn and ridiculed and His name used in ways that have brought Him disgrace rather than glory. We are also saddened by how all these had found their way to our attention and to the wider audience in the public domain of the cyber world. We cry before our God. Humble ourselves to plead for His mercy, forgiveness and grace. In London (December 12 - 14, 2011) we devoted a long time every day in prayers and Bible

readings together while we were with you and a couple of other leaders who loved both our Lord and AMiA. The Holy Spirit consistently stirred and awaken our inner hearts and spirit. What we are going through is truly a spiritual battle! We clearly discerned that there were unseen strong hands behind all these with the clear and determined intention of destroying the good relationship between AMiA and PEAR. God's hand in providing this partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ has produced such effective Christ directed ministry and mission not only in the Americas but also to many parts of the world. Under your leadership and sacrificial giving of yourself we have witnessed God's blessings and favour throughout all these 12 years. You and Bishop John Rodgers, elected and presented to us by the First Promise movement, responded to God's calling when no one else at that time was willing to make the sacrifice. God has used you and AMiA to uphold His Name and "to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints". (Jude 3) Now with all that is happening in creating discontent, vicious accusations, strained relationships where God’s children are fighting each other in the public... we know "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against this dark world and against the spiritual forces of the evil in the heavenly realm." (Ephesians 6:12). Secondly, we want to address the issue of character assassination. We were astounded by some in the family resorting to personal character assassination so publicly and by all the unethical ways of trying to destroy a servant of the Lord. This is certainly not the way that the Scriptures teach us. We are very saddened for you and your family. We have known and worked with you for more than12 years. We are very troubled by the deliberate attacks which aim at totally destroying your character, integrity and ministry. Even in the secular world such tactics are not looked upon with favour. God forbids this kind of tactics be brought into the Church. What sort of witness are we really presented to the world? Knowing how you and your family have sacrificed so much throughout these twelve years in serving the Lord and in putting God's Mission above yourselves, you do not deserve such treatments. We feel it is our God appointed responsibility to refute all these accusations, we are asking you once again to sacrifice and surrender yourself to the call of God. Hence, we have unanimously agreed to designate you, Bishop Chuck Murphy, as the Lead-Bishop to lead this Anglican Mission in America. We are also asking all of your other active bishops mentioned above to also respond to the call of God to partner with God in His Mission to share His love and His gift of Salvation to the world by giving themselves as living sacrifices to the Lord. We are very proud of all of them. They were willing to be focused on Jesus and stand together to reaffirm their commitment to God and to His Mission through AMiA in the midst of all these attacks. This is a great testimony of their Faith in God and their confidence in you, your integrity and leadership throughout these past years. May the good Lord bless, reward and protect them always. Thirdly, we are proud of you and all the bishops working together with you because all of you, even when you were struck hard on the left cheek you were willing to let your right cheek to be struck too. We praise God for your suggestion for us to work towards a Genesis 13:8-10 solution with those who will choose to part from us. Yes, we agree with you that this will be both a Christian and a God honouring act that will glorify God and help with our witnessing for His name's sake. Please pray for the strong leading of the Holy Spirit that if this is God's agenda for us we will work upon it unreservedly, obediently and with His peace and joy!

Fourthly, please reassure our many lay people that in our continuous search for a safe and permanent home for AMiA, we will put their spiritual need and well-being at the top of our priority. We desire to give them God's intended place for them to live and work as a fully committed Christian. We desire for them to be effective witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that you will always remember that you are God's beloved child. Live in His love and grace. God is Sovereign! He has promised that He will never leave nor forsake us and that nothing can separate us from His love. May His Name be praised and glorified forever! May God bless you and keep you. May His blessings be with you always.

Yours in Christ,

Archbishop E.M. Kolini

Archbishop Moses Tay

Archbishop Yong Ping Chung

cc:

The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene The Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter The Rt. Rev. TJ Johnston The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones The Rt. Rev. Doc Loomis The Rt. Rev. John Miller The Rt. Rev. Silas Ng The Rt. Rev. John Rodgers The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje

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