...by Pastor Guthrie Boyd
Early in December 2016, a group of Gisborne Pastors met with former policewoman Tui Keenan and discussed various ways in which the local Church could be a support to the Police of Tairawhiti and families affected by family harm.
Pastor Guthrie Boyd with local Area Commander, Inspector Sam Aberahama.
Te Hahi (‘the Church’) was formed and with the enthusiastic support of Local Area Commander, Inspector Sam Aberahama. Under police oversight, Te Hahi volunteers began visiting vulnerable families and provided various forms of support and practical assistance.
Four years later, Te Hahi Gisborne has visited over 400 families in the city with a gift of food, sometimes prayer, and simply to express aroha and compassion where needed. We have helped re-house families who have lost everything due to unforeseen circumstances. We have made homes secure where doors and windows have been kicked in. We have supported whanau while a mother has had a much-needed sleep. We have provided hot meals when our Police families have been in need.
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During Covid lockdown, Te Hahi delivered 24,000 individual meals around the city.
Over the past two years we have held combined city-wide Church 12-hour prayer meetings, which have been rich times of unity, worship and praise, and attended by large numbers of our faith communities.
It has been, and continues to be, a wonderful journey of seeing the blessing of our Lord poured out on this community.
There has been a wonderful benefit to the six church groups that comprise the core Te Hahi volunteer team. As we have prayed together, and regularly held combined services where our primary focus is addressing family harm and supporting our local Police, the Spirit of the Lord has been poured out on us.
House cleaning always expressing aroha and compassion where needed.
We have together encountered a spirit of unity, love, and care for one another. In nearly forty years of ministry, I have never experienced such unity of a group of leaders as we pastor this city together. In serving the community of Gisborne through Te Hahi, we have stepped out of the shadows into the light of the Son to experience His grace.
The Te Hahi movement continues to grow through the country with groups being established in Rotorua, Hastings, Napier, Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast. It is our hope that Te Hahi continues to be a vehicle by which the Church nationwide can connect with their communities and express the love of Christ in a tangible and significant way to those most in need.
Te Hahi Gisborne Champion, Ps. Guthrie Boyd