Posts by Rev. Adam Nyawo

The Best of All God is God is with Us – Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends, Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go Joshua 1:9 (NRSV) Greetings to you all in the love of Christ who joins us as one family in the kingdom of God. I am writing to wish you a spirit-filled and spirit-guided season as we begin yet a new Connexional year. September is a new year for the Methodist community. The year is usually characterised with…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 14

Dear Friends,  When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:32 (NRSV) Most people hate delays. I am sure you would do everything you could to avoid them. During the season of lockdown we have had lots of appointments cancelled- from hospital appointments, booked holidays and school examinations postponed or cancelled. This implies a delay in accomplishing what…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in love – Part 13

Dear Friends,  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit” John 15:1,2 (NRSV) Blossoms are blooming and bees are buzzing…Spring is here and summer is around! I enjoy spending some time in my garden- often between weeding, tending my young plants and of late picking some ripe strawberries. This practice has kept me rejuvenated especially this time…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 12

Dear Friends,  “PEACE I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”  John 14:27 (NRSV) It is almost two months since the country went into lockdown and I am extremely aware that this has created a complex and challenging environment in which to operate. It has been a time of great trials and troubles. I am confident that God…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in love – Part 11

Dear Friends, Watching over one another in love (Week 11)  “…I am about to do a new thing;  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness  and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV) This letter is coming to you shortly after Aldersgate Sunday and before Pentecost Sunday, two significant events both in the history of Methodism and the Christian church. On the 24th  of May 1738, John Wesley had a great turning point in…

Pastoral Letter – Watching Over one another in love – Part 10

Dear Friends,  “…Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” Romans 12:11-13 (The Message). A friend of mine is a passionate football fan. He shared with me how much he has missed watching his much-loved game, either a live match or on TV, during this lockdown. He went on to tell me that he recently watched…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 9

Dear Friends,  “…what are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?  You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, subjecting all things under their feet.” Hebrews 2:6-8 (NRSV) This is the day that the Lord has made…waking up to the shining sun, a blue sky, and a chill in the air, yet still faced with the threat of COVID 19. The path may not be easy,…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 8

Dear Friends,  “…Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6 (NIV) I have often heard people say, “You are in my thoughts and prayers” which is as good as saying ‘I will pray for you’. This is so encouraging and assuring to anyone who needs prayer. I can ascertain that this promise is made with good intention but most of the time we delay the…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 7

Dear Friends,  …and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. 1 Kings 19:11,12 (MSG) In this letter I am inviting you to listen to God and to take heed of His directions about your life. It is easy to get wrapped up in what we want, especially because our culture tells us that we should always be happy, that we’re in charge of our own happiness, and that we hold…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in love – Part 6

Dear Friends,  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 (NRSV) I am reaching out to you again in this lock down, a hopeless and uncertain situation! This reminds me of a certain family who was once in isolation as we read from Genesis chapter 7. Noah and his family (total of eight) were shut in the ark during the floods. Unlike Noah who was told by God that the floods would take 40 days and 40…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 4

“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour” (Isaiah 43:1-3a) I am writing to you during this time of Holy Week facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 3

Dear Friends, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand”. (John 10:28 NIV) Friends, the COVID-19 turbulence has caused a lot of fear, panic and confusion. “Yes, there is fear. But there does not have to be hate. Yes, there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness,” wrote Richard Hendrick (Irish Priest). Hence the reason for my keeping in touch, through this letter, to offer continued…