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ANGLICAN COMMUNION: Zambian priest appointed Mission and Evangelism Officer


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The Rev. John Kaoma Kafwanka   (ACNS Photo)

[Anglican Communion News Service]  In a new co-operative venture with the Church Mission Society (CMS), the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) has announced the appointment of the Rev. John Kaoma Kafwanka as Mission and Evangelism Officer for the Anglican Communion. The position became available after the recent retirement of Marjorie Murphy.

Kafwanka has worked for CMS for the last three years as a regional co-ordinator in Lusaka, Zambia, in Southern Africa. Ordained to the priesthood in 1994, Kafwanka served St. John's in Zambia and was also the principal and rector for the national seminary. "I am looking forward to working within the Anglican Communion Office with the hope of widening experiences in mission work and increasing the visibility of mission endeavours in our churches," he told Anglican Communion News Service.

"The ACO is encouraged by this new level of team work with CMS," said Kearon. "The secondment of John Kafwanka, I trust, will pave the way for appropriate links with others working in the various areas of ministry we are charged with by the Anglican Communion Instruments of Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury."

Canon Tim Dakin, general secretary of CMS, said: "We are delighted to be working with the ACO to further the work of mission and evangelism in the Communion. John Kafwanka's [appointment] will enrich Anglicanism's understanding of mission, especially through his knowledge of the Church of the South and its evangelistic effectiveness."

Kafwanka describes Mission and Evangelism as being about "God's mission to humanity in a holistic sense, where it is God's mission and not the Church's mission. Thus wider and bigger than we can envisage."

Kafwanka will survey the work of the Provinces and Member Churches of the Anglican Communion with respect to mission and evangelism and to identify the needs and resources. Important to his portfolio is his work in the preparation of materials to be used at the 2008 Lambeth Conference on issues concerning evangelism.

Kafwanka's interests include meeting people and networking, seeing growth in ministry and seeing mission happen; "what God is doing through his people," he said.

He is married to Martha and has two children, son Limbani and daughter Mwila, aged 5 and 8 years respectively. Kafwanka and his family will move to London from Africa and his work will begin at the office in St. Andrew's House, London, in October.