April 2018 News from Raj

Dear Intercessor,

Blessings to all of you for the new month of April. By now, you would have celebrated Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and during this time of Easter it is always a great time to reflect upon what Jesus did for us at the cross. I love Romans 5:8, where it says “God showed His great love for us by sending Jesus Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”. Yes, it is not because we are all naturally good or we have lived a perfect life that compelled Jesus to come to earth and die for us, but on the contrary, the bible says that we are wicked and deep inside we have sinful natures and we need a saviour to pay the penalty for our sins. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who is wise; no one seeks God. All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one”. What striking words that the Apostle Paul used to describe the fallen condition of humanity. I was personally reflecting about this a lot and felt in my heart to share this with all of you. After reflecting upon this truth, I then reflect upon God’s goodness and mercy to forgive us and give us the free gift of eternal life, all by His Grace. Hallelujah!

Regarding EE training workshops, we have 2 ongoing ones at Avondale Christian Church and Greenlane Presbyterian church. However, the 6 weeks workshop at St Paul’s Presbyterian church has just concluded and we are now doing OJT (On Job Training). Please pray for souls to be added to God’s kingdom during this time.

Last week Raj Kashyap, Amyas, George and I were involved in a Gospel outreach to a group of young adults at the Full Gospel Businessmen’s’ Fellowship, with close to 20 people attending the event at St David’s, Hillsborough. All of them heard the Gospel presented using the EE sharing method and at the end of the night, they proclaimed Jesus as their personal saviour. Glory, Hallelujah. We received much positive feedback regarding this event and we are now keen to do this event on a monthly basis to take the gospel to young adults. If you are keen to join us or to bring young adults for this event, please email me here or text me at 021-733615. The next event is on the 23rd April at the same venue.  This is one way you could become involved in the mission of EE.

Blessings in Jesus name.

Raj, National Director

 

April 2018 News from Anne

 The highlight of last month was surely the Commissioning of Raj Narayanan as EE National Director at Greenlane on Sunday 18 March. It was such a privilege and joy to have Rod Story, Executive Vice-President of EE International, here to preach and commission Raj. Thank you to all those who came to support Raj, his wife Shanthi, and their son and daughter David and Ruth, and to celebrate this special occasion. Hopefully all those who were present will not quickly forget Rod’s challenging message on the question: How prepared are you to make a difference? The illustrations he took from the soldier: who to please; the athlete: how to focus; and the farmer; to plant in order to reap, are important.  So was the challenge Raj gave to us all to stand and partner with him in prayer, encouragement and financial support.

Wonderful answers to prayer on several fronts this month.  Simon Lovo in Vanuatu is making a good recovery from his illness and is now picking up plans for the year ahead. For a few years now, he has been coming once a year to Tauranga, to help minister to the seasonal fruit pickers from Vanuatu and he wants to bring his wife, Isobel, with him in May. I’m hoping to arrange some church meetings so that they can share about the EE ministry in Vanuatu – one of these will be at Greenlane Presbyterian in Auckland.

I am also rejoicing in the vitality of the EE ministry I found in the Solomon Islands. Rusi Turaga, the National Director, and his wife Sai are living in the Marshall Islands now to develop the EE ministry towards independence.  Rusi has left the Solomons in good hands, under the direction of Pastor Ross Marika, now Board Chairman. He is a very enthusiastic EE Teacher/Teacher, has equipped his church leaders well and has a fine operating model of an EE church. It warmed my heart to see the new church planting and building in the villages, despite the big challenge for Field Workers, many of whom live in the distant island regions. Three of them came to Honiara to meet with me from nearest island of Malieta, an eight hour journey! Local Area Ministry teams have much potential in this situation.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania