June 2019 News from Raj

Greetings in Jesus name,

We had a fabulous EE AGM in the first week of May. Thank you to all who attended and made the AGM special.

We are doing weekly witnessing at the shopping mall and one of our recent sharing encounters was quite remarkable. With a new trainee beside me, I shared the good news of Jesus to a man who was seated beside a high coffee table, reading a book. We initiated the gospel conversation and the man ended up not only hearing the entire gospel, but gave his life to Christ and then immediately said to us “I loved what you shared and I want to do the same, can I follow you?”  Praise the Lord, a new convert changed to an evangelist in minutes – that is the power of the gospel. This man is now joining us again this week for our witnessing; he has just texted me confirming that he is coming. This man reminds me of the Samaritan woman who was with Jesus at the well and, after hearing the gospel, she went to her village and shared the good news with the entire village. We need many new disciples like this man.

Please continue to pray for our ministry and support what we are doing. Thank you.

Blessings,

Raj Narayanan, EENZ National Director

John’s Hope for Kids testimony
Mohammed’s testimony
Raj addressing the supporters

June 2019 news from Chris Lange, Board Chairman

True Treasure

It was wonderful to see so many supporters of EE at the recent Supporters’ Dinner and AGM. I’d like to give a big thank you to all those who put in the hard work to make it all possible. Every year my personal highlight is hearing the stories of how Jesus has changed lives. I’ve been thinking lately about happiness and I’m reminded how happy it is to know Jesus.

Our world looks for happiness in all the wrong places. We, too, have to be careful to avoid this. Have you ever saved up for a new purchase only to get buyer’s remorse afterwards? Or looked forward to a new experience only to be disappointed? If you really enjoyed a movie the first time, chances are you will get a little less enjoyment each time you re-watch it. This is because happiness by nature diminishes over time.

We are prone to looking out for the next new thing that will find us happiness – a continual chase, a rat race for the next thing or experience that will bring us our next dopamine hit. If only I could have this, then I would be happy or earn more money or go on holiday more.

Our search for happiness is like searching for the perfect treasure, but are we looking in all the wrong places? Jesus has already told us where to find treasure, true treasure that will sustain and bring real joy, a treasure that will never diminish. His Kingdom is that ultimate treasure.

Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44). The man in this story had joy as he sold everything in order to gain that treasure.

Are we experiencing that same joy? Every decision that is in line with the principles of His kingdom is never regretted. There is no buyer’s remorse. Every time we prioritise His kingdom in our lives it’s an investment that has returns that will last forever. So what small decisions could you make today that would make it a priority? Because His kingdom really is worth everything.

Chris Lange,

Board Chairman

June 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners

I have just returned from the Vice-Presidents’ Conference and their individual reports to the EE International Board in Asheville, USA. These reports, representing the entire global ministry of EE, gave rise to great rejoicing before God, but also revealed deep challenges. EE has grown globally by 200% over the last nine years, which is amazing, but also explains why staff and volunteers are feeling the strain of having ‘too much to do’.  We are visionaries seeking to reach the world, but to do that we need to recruit more talent, younger talent, develop and care for it more, as well as improve and simplify our systems and raise more finance.  Among much news is the 1.6 million people in Africa came to Christ over the first three months of this year and that one EE leader, who single-handedly brought the nation of Bolivia to Multiplying status in just one year!  Despite our shortcomings, God is working mightily through the ministry of EE.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania