Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ola Paz! - The Words of Bishop Dinis Sengulane

"Dinis Salomão Sengulane (born 5 March 1946) is a Mozambican Anglican priest. He was the Anglican Bishop of Lebombo, Maputo, Mozambique, from 1976 to 2014. He had an important role in the end of the Mozambican Civil War in 1992 and helped with the surrender of 600,000 weapons that were converted into art. He was amongst the longest serving Anglican bishops." (from Wikipedia)

Bishop Sengulane was in Connecticut with his wife Lena to visit with retired Bishop Jim Curry, to be the keynote speaker at his retirement banquet and to visit several churches who have a relationship with Mozambique (including St. Peter's Church!).  Here are some of his words:
We are not only messengers, we are messages of peace. Ola Paz! (Hello peace!) 
We are to be Jesus Christ to others. We are to see Jesus Christ in them. We are to be God's fragrance.

We are called to peace makers. O God help us to pacify the earth. Begin with me.

Tragedy is not the last word. Gods hope. Peace to each other, in our hearts, from God.
"Beloved we are God's children now."

I am God's child now (say this in a mirror)

God smiles on you.

You are called to be a saint.

To point to God. And follow him.

"I have decided to follow Jesus no turning back."
"Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; let us exalt his Name together."
God must be smiling.

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