December 2018 News from Anne

As I reflect on the year past, I am so thankful for the servants of God I’ve met or re-met on eleven trips to the nations of Oceania. While there are still challenges and much work to be done, I am encouraged by the progress on many fronts.  Standouts include the relationships between nations forged at the Oceania Conference in August, EE-experienced, well qualified Board members being elected who are transforming direction in two nations, and a marked increase in EE training, particularly with implementation right across the region.  I am impressed by the calibre of our Board Chairman and the vital part they play in direction and negotiation through staff issues.

In early November, I visited Vanuatu and once again enjoyed being with such friendly, gentle and hospitable people. One can walk around Port Vila and feeling welcome and safe. Every now and then, I read the biography of a pioneer missionary and just now, it is of John G. Paton, a Scottish missionary, who with his nineteen year old wife, went to Vanuatu (the New Hebrides as it was then) in 1858. Most of his predecessors, including John Williams, had been massacred and some eaten. It was described to be ‘a dark land’.  By the time Paton left, the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, had transformed the majority of the people so he could write of the island of Aniwa, “Aniwa was to be the land wherein my past toil and patience and faith were to see their fruit ripening at length. I claimed Aiwa for Jesus, and by the grace of God Aniwa now worships at the Saviour’s feet.” We must never forget that only Jesus can transform the life of a person and a nation.  This conviction drives us on in EE!

What motivates pioneer missionaries who were, and still are willing to risk their lives and families in the cause of the gospel?  Clearly it was the absolute belief that without Jesus all people are lost. Hudson Taylor was compelled to go to China, telling his listeners at a meeting about the “great Niagara of souls passing into the dark in China”. Are we too comfortable in our churches forgetting the destiny of the lost?

At Christmas we have a special, annual opportunity to ask a person, “Why do you think Jesus came into the world?”  That can lead right into what the Saviour himself said, “For the Son of Man came to seek the and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). We’re also reminded that, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8b) May God bless you and your families as you celebrate Christmas and enjoy a holiday – but please don’t take a break from sharing the Good News of Jesus!

Yours joyfully in His Christmas harvest,

Anne Bowie – VP Oceania

December 2018 News from Raj

Praise the Lord! We have entered into the final month of 2018. How fast this year has passed. We are now heading towards the season of celebrating Christmas and remembering the great love of our Father in heaven, who gave His Son Jesus Christ as a gift for us, a gift of salvation and redemption. I hope that during this time of holiday and celebration, you will take a moment to reflect all that you have achieved this year and give thanks to God Almighty for giving you the wisdom, knowledge and favour to accomplish them.

In the same way, I have done a reflection on the achievement of EENZ ministry this year and am happy to share with you that it has been another great year for EENZ, seeing great successes in adult workshops, implementations, OJTs, conference participation and an increase in ministry partnerships. Our 2018 results show that we have completed 20 workshops in total for the year, with 270 people trained, 53 churches attended, 266 people heard the gospel and 117 made Jesus their personal Saviour. Needless to mention the many hundreds who are saved apart from the workshops. This awesome success is largely attributed to God’s hand upon our ministry and the great commitment from EE staff, our volunteers, intercessors and prayer warriors, responding to the opportunities that God presents for us to equip churches and share the Gospel with those who are yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

This year we also formed a brand-new EE ministry chat group called “Fishers of people” in WhatsApp social media application. These are people who have been recently trained in EE ministry and we actively use this chat group to communicate and build relationships with one another. We encourage one another, pray for the needs of the members, organise weekly/bi-weekly witnessing, motivate each other with devotions and share learnings from our witnessing and teaching. We have 26 participants at present and I foresee this group to grow bigger and bigger next year.

On other note, this year we have put considerable effort into training and equipping the Cook Island churches in EE, especially the CICC church, and this is bearing fruit as many trained members are now faithfully doing weekly visits to various homes and sharing the gospel with families and friends. Many people are being saved each week. All glory to Jesus.  And not only that, they are preparing to become the next island in the Oceania region to become an EE Multiplying Nation at the 2019 Congress in Albania. We are hopeful that by February 2019, the Cooks would have selected a National Director, a Chairman, a treasurer and committee members. When we look back, it is amazing progress, seeing how EE started in the Cook Islands in 2003 at an embryonic stage, but is now achieving full maturity. God’s hand is definitely in the Cook Islands.

I, together with the entire EE team here, would like to wish you a fabulous Christmas and happy holidays. May the Lord bless you and keep you well during this festive season. I’m looking forward to 2019 and to see you in the New Year.

Blessings, Raj Narayanan – EENZ National Director

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