INTRODUCING THE REVD PANSHAK PANBISH (we hope he will be able to join us in the parish in January 2013).
I am Panshak Peter Panbish, a 24-year-old Nigerian from the southern part of Plateau State – Central Nigeria. I am the fifth of five children, from a Christian family living in Jos. My father passed on in 2002, and I have been living with my mother. She loves the Lord.
My primary and secondary schools were all in Jos, and I later proceeded to the Christian Institute – a theological college under the Anglican Diocese of Jos, where I got a diploma in music and mission. And since then I have been active in different platforms of ministry and service within the Anglican Diocese of Jos.
I was formally ordained into ministry in 2009, and 2012, as a Deacon and a Priest respectively. I have served as a Chaplain in several diocesan secondary schools, working with the youth and the teenagers.
I have also been involved with youth ministry through the Diocesan Mission Team and through the Argak Music Ministry, which is a gospel music outreach platform led by the Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi.
I love the Lord and am humbled and amazed by the depth of his love and purpose for my life. I believe that every child of God is created for a divine purpose, and that this purpose can be found through a daily walk with the Lord and revelation of Scriptures.
I seek for opportunities to learn more and be useful in the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth, through mutual fellowship with other members of the Body of Christ. I look forward to a great time of fellowship with you.Revd Panshak Peter Panbish
July AD 2012
COMMUNICATING WITH OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Imagine a military base were located in our local community. Some may not relish that, others of us would. But imagine the base decided it wanted to communicate with us as a local community.
So it produced a magazine to be distributed to every home in Oughtibridge, Worrall and Wharncliffe Side.
What would you expect to read in it?
Surely articles about the activities of the personnel on the base and given that they are wanting to connect with us as a community one would expect to learn about the involvement of their personnel locally, eg visiting schools, speaking to community groups etc.
Now the church is not the army, you may be relieved to hear (though Christians are called to be spiritual soldiers for Christ). Nonetheless, the analogy does apply. We are a group within the community and we have a distinctive ethos to uphold and a mission to fulfill.
Our calling as the parish church is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in this community. The church does Christianity! Or it should do. Christian people should not be ashamed of the gospel message, for, as the Apostle Paul taught, 'it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes' (Romans 1v16).
So, as part of our service to the three villages of this parish, we are planning to produce another full-colour parish-wide magazine in September. God willing, it is to be distributed free of charge to every home in the parish. We are a small church family so producing and distributing a parish-wide magazine is a challenge, but one that should be joyfully undertaken.
It is a privilege to be able to serve our local community.
I am very thankful to God for those members of the church family who contributed articles, photographs and worked hard to produce our summer magazine and our Christmas newsletter last year. They looked lively and they rightly proclaimed the Christian message and told stories about the Christian family here.
If people want to read about secular activities, services and enterprises, there are good non-religious publications that well serve our local community. We have limited space in our magazine so we need to be using every inch to get our distinctive message and ethos across.
But it is also important to be clear that the gospel is a message that takes root in people and transforms lives. So our magazine should feature the Christian people who belong to the parish church and tell stories of their involvement, service and engagement with our local community.
The gospel message and its transforming effect on people's lives are not going to be popular with everyone. But the love of Christ compels us to share the good news of Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of all who believe and who rose again as the eternal conqueror of death. To him be the glory.
July AD 2012