November 2017 News from our Hope for Kids Field Worker: Lewis Bacon

Hi All,
Just thought I’d write a short update to keep you in the picture and give you fuel for your prayers because we can’t do anything for the Lord in our own strength – a lesson that at times I am still learning! It’s great to know that you are partnering with me in the work of the gospel. Prayer and Evangelism go together like the two wings of a plane in the air. I am even able to praise God for a God-ordained meeting where I was able to use my heart attack experience to make way for a gospel conversation with a young man who used to come to a programme I ran when I first came to Hamilton. May God continue to give me good health, strength and wisdom to minister in His Name.
God Bless and thanks for supporting me in the work.

November 2017 from Anne Bowie, VP for Oceania

In October I joined the other VP’s at the half-yearly conference, this time held at the Kennedy Centre in Fiji. We were blessed by the characteristic warm welcome and generous hospitality of the Fijians, the glorious sunshine each day and by the joy of being together with the team. Two highlights stand out: the devotions each morning led by Archbishop Harry Goodhew from chapters 2-4 of 2 Corinthians, and the teaching on leadership by Brian Brown, an American leadership developer. Brian is a deeply committed Christian, who once was a pastor of a large church and teaches humbly and honestly out of his personal experience. He told us that the word “lead” used to mean “to go forth and die”. This was because in ancient battles, the leader rode out in front of the army where he was most likely to be killed. Later the leader rode further back beside the King or Commander, to be near him. To be a good leader, you must be a good follower and servant. Jesus supremely demonstrated this by washing the disciples’ feet on the evening before he died. Brian reminded us that for us it means being where Jesus the King is and being ready to die for him and die to self. I found this deeply convicting.
May you be blessed as you serve him in these days

November 2017 News from Raj

Anne and I have been travelling the lower South Island, visiting churches to promote EE ministries to the local ministers and pastors. We had the XEE training at Christchurch Grace Presbyterian Church over two weekends and in between we visited Dunedin and headed south to Invercargill, to promote EE to the evangelical churches over there. We then return to Christchurch on Friday to complete Day-2 and Day-3 of our XEE training. We had 7 wonderful trainees, who were all eager to be trained. In fact, I was invited to their Gospel outreach at the local skate park one Saturday, where I met many teenagers and young adults who came from broken families, divorced parents, moving from one foster home to another. They were spiritually lost and were without hope. I had a great conversation with Ben, a young man in his twenties, who had left home, and was suffering bouts of serious depression. He was at the skate park almost daily to escape from the mental agony and suffering. I shared Jesus’s love with Ben and he was touched by what we are doing to reach out to him and others. There were so many lost souls like Ben at the skate park, as well as in many areas within Christchurch, and it gave us and our team a reason and impetus to do what we went out to do, that is to take the gospel to those who need hope.

Finally, please join me in welcoming our new volunteer, Ruth, who is not only a SYF/EV2 trainer, but who will also be responsible for promoting EE via new marketing materials and strategies.
Thank you and blessings,