Bringing the hope of the Bible to the New Zealand Police
With the onset of Covid-19, the role of the New Zealand Police is vital as they work on the frontline in our communities keeping us safe and maintaining order.
A year ago, Bible Society New Zealand began working with the Police Christian Support Network (PCSN) to create a Bible especially for the New Zealand Police.
This special-edition Bible is now finished and is currently being printed at the Amity Printing Press in China. It includes many additional extra features, such as a message from the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and the Constable’s Oath. We aim to have it ready to launch at the PCSN conference in late-June.
Although the Bible is already a familiar part of police life, this is the first time there has been a dedicated Bible for the Police. Its relevant content will mean that many Police Officers, both Christian and non-Christian, will be able to relate to it as belonging more personally to their world.
Will you say ‘thank you’ to a member of the New Zealand Police by making the gift of a Bible?
A gift of just $9 will provide one Bible for a member of the Police.
“In our line of work, the written Word of God is always a comfort in times of need.” Detective Shaun Cooper.
To make a contribution, just click the ‘Donate Now’ button below and then select your gift amount on the secure form.
(A donation of $5 or more is eligible for a tax credit)
“The verse: ‘your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119:105) has consistently proven itself as being a faithful Scripture time after time for me in the New Zealand Police.” Inspector Stuart Nightingale
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“I went from being a lukewarm, oftentimes mediocre Christian to a confident, unashamed, bold policeman, who goes into gang headquarters with the Gospel loving the so-called unlovable.” Constable Johnny Yule.
The power of prayer on the Beat
Some Police Officers pray for clients they encounter on the job. One who has been impacted through a policeman’s blessing is 24-year-old Olivia. In and out of foster care as a child, Olivia became entrenched in the drug scene at a young age after being influenced by a much older partner with gang connections. She was sexually abused by an elderly neighbour, which led to her becoming pregnant and giving birth to a son.
However, after a police officer said a simple karakia (prayer) of blessing over Olivia, her life changed forever. She is now drug-free and is attending church. Furthermore, she has been miraculously healed of haemophilia that she had since birth, allergies and extensive, complicated women’s issues.
Today, Olivia is no longer on an invalid’s benefit. She is working full-time on a dairy farm and is looking forward to having her son returned to her full-time care.
The Police Christian Support Network (PCSN)
“The Bible is more precious than gold and to be trusted as the final Word on all things,” says Jonathan McKenzie. He’s the Co-chairperson of the Police Christian Support Network (PCSN), which was founded in 2006.
Its aim is to maintain and nurture the faith of Christian members of the New Zealand Police Force, which may be as many as 35%* of the approximately 10,000 sworn Police Officers, and to assist them with faith-based issues that arise in the course of their work.
Across the nation Christian Police Officers are working to bring the light of Jesus Christ into the lives of people they encounter. But what about the members of the New Zealand Police Force who don’t yet know Him, and the many other non-sworn staff who work for the Police?
Help bring Bibles to the New Zealand Police
Here’s what your donation will fund:
“This Bible will help to break preconceptions around the Bible and to open the hearts of police staff to the truths and life contained therein. Many who would never open the Bible will open this one because they will recognise it as relating more personally to their world.” Jonathan McKenzie.
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