July 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners,

After ten days in the Cook Islands at the end of June, it is exciting to be able to tell you that EE Cook Islands has all in place to be admitted as an EE Multiplying nation at the Congress of Nations next month. The National Director, who is a dentist by profession and will be part-time at first. The Board Chairman has had a vision for many years to see EE take root and grow in the Cook Islands, he will be carrying its flag into the Congress in Tirana, Albania.

It is so encouraging to see the implementation of recent workshop training in Rarotonga.  Three CICC Churches are running Hope for Kids programmes and the children are responding enthusiastically and learning well.  The Aorangi CICC are running a very vibrant Friday night version of Hope for Kids that is drawing in unchurched children from the community. Week by week visiting continues at Avarua CICC, to homes, the hospital and the prison and it is bearing fruit. Following the Classic EE training conducted by Raj in May at Takamoa Bible College, the students are taking turns in going out on-the-job training with Avarua. The Principal told me that just this week, the students led the regular assembly at the local high school, Tereora College, and after singing and a gospel presentation, had an altar call to which many students responded.  There is so much for which to thank God and rejoice.

On a sadder note, the Chairman of the EE Fiji Board, Rev. Marika Ledua,  has passed away and gone to be with the Lord he loved and served so well. Marika was a highly respected and much loved leader and will be greatly missed. He led the ministry in Fiji with distinction, successfully navigating it through many challenges. I am personally very sad to have lost a great friend. He was registered for the Congress and looking forward to representing Fiji there, but God has called him to an assembly that is “better by far”.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania