In This Issue
· Introduction to the Sisters
· Their work
· Their needs
· Prayer requests
· Get involved
· For those returning to the community after the Christmas break and Christmas mission, travel conditions can be very difficult at this time of year
· For Sister Collin as she settles into her role as Head Sister
· For Fr Selwyn the new chaplain to the Community
· For discussions on replacing the old chapel
· For 3rd year novices who continue on with their practical in
Almighty God, we pray you to bless and guide the Community of the Sisters of
Fill them Lord, with your Spirit of wisdom, love and power so that your will be done in these islands, following the pattern and service given to them by our Lord Jesus Christ.
May they serve you without fear, shame and doubt, and be willing to offer themselves to serve you and be helped to glorify your name: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Sisters ask that we in the UK
· Grow the number of supporters or as they are officially known 'Associates of the Sisters' who will be committed to pray and support the sisters as best they can
· Establish a prayer network
· Raise funds for an ablution block and for lunches for all Sisters and Novices
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Welcome to the first edition of the Melanesian Sisters E-News produced in the
Many of you will remember Sister Collin who was part of the Simply Living team which toured the
In this first E-News let us introduce or reintroduce you to the Sisters.
The Sisters of Melanesia were founded by a woman from
Today, over thirty years on, the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia has flourished to become the biggest women’s religious order in the Anglican Communion in terms of membership. However the path for the CSM has not been smooth. They have had to move headquarters twice, from Bungana to Bokoniseu in the Guadalcanal Plains in 1983, and then three years later, the Solomon Islands’ worst natural disaster ‘Cyclone Namu’ ravaged the Community’s headquarters. The CSM then moved from Bokoniseu to their present site at Verana’aso
At present there are now 47 sisters and 34 novices. The Sisters' community is marked by its joy and simplicity of lifestyle. The Sisters have opened the eyes of many people and, by their example, have encouraged the church to become more socially aware. They have also won the respect of many people by showing the wonderful potential and gifts women have to offer within the church.
The Sisters of Melanesia have a special heart for building up the vocations of young girls and serving women and families, spiritually and in any kind of need.
One of their roles is to recognise the needs of women in Melanesian society. The Sisters’ households have become sanctuaries for mothers and their children escaping domestic violence and the sisters are frequently called upon to protect women and children from drunk and violent partners.
Entrenched gender inequality in the
Together with the Sisters of the Church, the Sisters of Melanesia have jointly managed the only women’s refuge in the
The sisters are hardworking and provide counselling, food, shelter, medical care and protection for those at the Centre, working closely with the local police and community groups. They mediate, trying to reunite families and provide awareness of domestic violence issues.
The Sisters have also been on
The Sisters need support in prayer, fellowship and resources.
Recently, the most pressing need was met by funds from
This year the Melanesian Mission on behalf of the Community will be asking for prayer and financial support to provide the community with an ablutions block with washing facilities and toilets to prevent contamination of the ground water. This will reduce the risk of disease and will also enable the community to offer guest lodgings as a form of income generation.
We are also encouraging groups and individuals to consider raising money during lent to enable all Sisters and Novices to have a lunch each day. At present only those who are sick receive a lunch, and as at best their diets are very basic and this is contributing to some health problems.
We hope you have enjoyed this first edition and look forward to sharing more news from the Sisters of Melanesia.
Reverend Cate Edmonds
Devon. EX14 3DF