October 2018: News from EE Coordinator – Adrienne van Rij

I have just completed 8 sessions of Kids’ Connect for the term, to which God brought along 7-year-old Hindu twin boys. One was particularly attentive to the gospel and I hope to have contact with the family in the school term holidays. Another Hindu mum, whose daughter used to come two years back to Kid’s Connect, phoned me for a chat this week. I bumped into her again at Countdown with Siyona – this is a good reminder from God that I need to keep up the friendship with her.  I had a wonderful gospel opportunity to keep sowing the seed and sharing God’s love with her.

I am reminded of Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

Adrienne van Rij, EE Coordinator, Christchurch.


September 2017 News from Raj

Despite all the excitement and buzz around my appointment, all my EE training and promotion work has progressed smoothly this month. The SYF/EV2 training has concluded at the Hanouri Korean Presbyterian (HKP) church with six pastors trained and equipped to train others. The HKP church is planning to implement four weeks street evangelism at Queen Street, incorporating the teaching from EE SYF/EV2 workshop. Besides this, the ongoing 10 weeks SYF/EV2 workshop at Elim Botany is proceeding wonderfully without any hiccups. More workshops and clinics have been earmarked for the coming months – full throttle ahead. And as usual, I would like to thank Ilse, Anne, Chris, Paul and Tina for their tremendous help.

Raj Narayanan, National Director

September 2017 News from the Board

We have wonderful news:  Raj has formally been appointed as the new National Director for EE New Zealand and takes up his role with immediate effect.  Anne has set a steady solid foundation over 20 years for Raj to build on and I would deeply like to honour that.  Congratulations Raj, we are all excited and looking forward to your commissioning and leadership.  Here is Raj’s response in his own words:

“I have been offered the role as the new EE National Director, taking over from Tina the interim National Director. After praying and consulting with my wife, Shanthi, I gladly agreed to take up this position. It will be a great honour and privilege for me to serve the Lord Jesus through this role. I fully trust that this is God’s plan for me and I gladly submit to His will and plan. With God’s help and the well-able team around me: Tina, Chris, Anne, Ilse, Lewis and Paul, I can fulfill the huge responsibility and demand that comes with this role. In order to allow Rod Story, EE Senior Vice President, to attend and commission me as the National Director, I will be deferring the commissioning ceremony to 17 December to allow Rod to take time off from his busy schedule.”

Our Triennial EENZ Conference in Christchurch last month was a real blessing.  Even though numbers were low, we shared wonderful fellowship and heaps of brainstorming, which has resulted in many important and excellent points for us to think about and implement as part of our work over the next few years.  I have also asked the South Island coordinators to contribute to this edition and I hope you enjoy finding out more about their ministries.

Tina Toschi, Board of Directors

September 2017 news from Anne Bowie, VP for Oceania

Last month was such an exciting one for me, both in Oceania and New Zealand. It began with the New Zealand Conference in Christchurch, which although small in attendance, was large in the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of those present and opened up so many contacts. It was great to be back in Christchurch and renewed links with Grace Presbyterian have resulted in a wonderful opportunity to equip people there with XEE in October/November, as well as Lewis and team’s Hope for Kids training this month. Mid-month it was a joy to join Raj and Chris in training gifted adult leaders in XEE over two weekends at Massey Community Church. Consolidation of that training is just beginning. Then I was ‘over the ditch’ to Wollongong, to meet with the Chairman of the EE Australia Board, and two other members to do its Annual Review.  The whole Board will respond to the group findings in early September and this will form their action plan for 2018. I caught up with Langdon Stewart in Wollongong and how good it was to spend the best part of a day with him. Finally, I spent four wonderful days in Croydon Park, West Sydney, co-teaching a Hope for Kids Workshop with Wendy Sin, a truly veteran EE Teacher/Trainer.  Leaders from four Chinese congregations and one Burmese came to be qualified to teach H4K programmes in their churches.  One of these was Pastor Angelo Ho, EE Chinese Director, who very gifted and enthusiastic, and who will now be able to go on and train more leaders in the Chinese Churches. We thank God for the six children who invited Jesus into their lives at the on-the-job training time on Sunday. This is what it’s all about!  Wendy Sin had the vision and determination to persist in making this workshop happen. She is an inspiration of passion and commitment to evangelism and especially to EE. Wendy showed me her scrapbooks of photos and records of EE training in Sydney, wider Australia and Oceania going back well over 20 years. She must have equipped hundreds of leaders of all ages! A truly unsung ‘heroine’, she reminded me of the verse: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) May this be said of us!