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,

October 2017 News from Raj

It was a fabulous month for me and EE in general. As a team we successfully promoted EE at the National Engage Conference held at Manukau Baptist Church from the 22nd to 23rd Sep, where 250 people attended the conference. We had our own EE booth that attracted close to 10 enquires from various church pastors and leaders and I will do follow up with each of them in the coming weeks.

I was also given a slot to speak at the Engage conference with a 20-minute “Power Talk” on how to take the gospel to Indian migrants in New Zealand. I incorporated two EE gospel stories into my speech and promoted the benefits of the EE technique. Chris and Anne confirmed that the speech went well and that people liked EE technique, especially the demonstration of the “record book of sin”.

In September, we held an XEE workshop where 10 people were trained.  Praise the Lord! In addition to this, the EV2 training held in East Auckland has concluded.  We have also identified and developed a new Teacher-Trainer who has fully assisted me in the 10-week EE training in East Auckland and the XEE workshop in the City, who has a great potential to become an IFW.

Blessings,

Raj Narayanan, National Director

October 2017 news from Chris Lange, Board Chairman

Over the last few weeks during the general election, I observed that the political debates revolved mainly around the differing vision each camp holds for what our society should look like.  This was often broken down into different areas such as economy, health, transport, housing and environment. We know that when the Gospel transforms a person’s heart it affects every area of a person’s life. However, as important as good governance and democratic processes might be, we have a much larger mandate with consequences that last for eternity. We are first and foremost called to be ambassador’s for the Kingdom of God. Are we inviting people to live under a government that has been in office since before the world began?

So what is our vision? “Every nation equipping every people group and every age group to witness to every person.”  This vision is simply a reflection of the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is a global vision – it starts at home and then moves beyond our own boarders. Imagine what our nation will look like when this is achieved! Can this be achieved? Yes certainly! Jesus said “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). So let’s do this. Let’s be active in delivering the Gospel to New Zealand. Let’s bring for fruit that lasts!

Chris Lange

October 2017 news from our Hope for Kids Field Worker: Lewis Bacon

It has been an exciting couple of months since my last report. We’ve had our EENZ conference which was an opportunity to spend time and cast vision with our South Island team members, and to hear them making goals to have at least four workshops in the South Island next year. We’ve had a Team Visioning Day that was inspiring and is helping us in our future planning.  We have also had two Hope for Kids workshops in September.  Even though the numbers were low with only four people from three different churches attending, some exciting things have come out of it, for example:

(a) One young girl came to know the Lord at the on-the-job training where 20 children heard the gospel;

(b) Three of the people who came to the workshop want to offer the programme at an After School Club in 2018;

Moving on to the Christchurch workshop, it was great to have Adrienne Van Rij and David Jull as co-workshop presenters to support and equip this very passionate group, who have a desire to communicate with young people in a way that works and want to make sure their young people come to faith in Christ. The key leaders now want to put the programme into action at their different locations around Canterbury.

Another development that I’m praising the Lord for is that there are new trainers who are keen to be part of workshop training.  Speaking of workshops: there is one scheduled for Auckland in November on the North Shore, please register here if you are interested.  I have already started booking workshops for 2018 in the North Island, and I will be meeting with more South Island leaders this November to arrange other workshops in there next year.

Thank you all for your wonderful support and enthusiasm, Lewis

October 2017 news from Anne Bowie, VP for Oceania

This month it has been so encouraging to see the vision and vibrancy of the NZ team, both at the Conference in Christchurch and the recent Visioning Day, so ably led by Tina Toschi. It’s a delight to see Raj beginning as new National Director, and his presentation at the recent Engage Conference on Reaching Indians with the Gospel was amazing.

Would you believe I am visiting five Oceania nations before Christmas: Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and finally Tonga, with Rod Story. In all, except Tonga, I am meeting with the Field Workers, conducting an Annual Review of each nation’s ministry, and meeting with Boards and National Directors.  My memory for names will be working overtime!

Thank you for your faithful prayer; we certainly know you’re there!

God blessings always,  Anne Bowie

September 2017 News from the Board

We have wonderful news:  Raj has formally been appointed as the new National Director for EE New Zealand and takes up his role with immediate effect.  Anne has set a steady solid foundation over 20 years for Raj to build on and I would deeply like to honour that.  Congratulations Raj, we are all excited and looking forward to your commissioning and leadership.  Here is Raj’s response in his own words:

“I have been offered the role as the new EE National Director, taking over from Tina the interim National Director. After praying and consulting with my wife, Shanthi, I gladly agreed to take up this position. It will be a great honour and privilege for me to serve the Lord Jesus through this role. I fully trust that this is God’s plan for me and I gladly submit to His will and plan. With God’s help and the well-able team around me: Tina, Chris, Anne, Ilse, Lewis and Paul, I can fulfill the huge responsibility and demand that comes with this role. In order to allow Rod Story, EE Senior Vice President, to attend and commission me as the National Director, I will be deferring the commissioning ceremony to 17 December to allow Rod to take time off from his busy schedule.”

Our Triennial EENZ Conference in Christchurch last month was a real blessing.  Even though numbers were low, we shared wonderful fellowship and heaps of brainstorming, which has resulted in many important and excellent points for us to think about and implement as part of our work over the next few years.  I have also asked the South Island coordinators to contribute to this edition and I hope you enjoy finding out more about their ministries.

Tina Toschi, Board of Directors

September 2017 News from Raj

Despite all the excitement and buzz around my appointment, all my EE training and promotion work has progressed smoothly this month. The SYF/EV2 training has concluded at the Hanouri Korean Presbyterian (HKP) church with six pastors trained and equipped to train others. The HKP church is planning to implement four weeks street evangelism at Queen Street, incorporating the teaching from EE SYF/EV2 workshop. Besides this, the ongoing 10 weeks SYF/EV2 workshop at Elim Botany is proceeding wonderfully without any hiccups. More workshops and clinics have been earmarked for the coming months – full throttle ahead. And as usual, I would like to thank Ilse, Anne, Chris, Paul and Tina for their tremendous help.

Raj Narayanan, National Director

September 2017: News from Hope for Kids Coordinators

Christchurch After School Club’s Kids Connect has been operating at Yaldhurst School on Thursday afternoons for the past 10 years and has provided the perfect opportunity to teach Hope for Kids. The Club is totally independent of the school and so the Gospel can be freely presented.  What a blessing it was to realise that I was teaching a little 6-year-old boy the other day whose mother I had also taught as a 7-year-old and praise God she came to faith only a few months back.  Kids Connect is a family ministry that builds caring relationships with the whole family and hence has the freedom to walk with them through inevitable crises when they occur. These are natural times to share the hope of the Gospel. I have a quiet assurance that the children that attend on Thursday afternoons are handpicked of the Lord and He is at work in their lives.

Adrienne van Rij, EE Coordinator, Christchurch.

In 2005 Anne Bowie and Christine Carr ran a (then known as) Kids EE training workshop.  Fran Dawson, Tim Davis and I, among others, attended.  Tim was at East Taieri Presbyterian Church while I was assisting Fran Dawson at Leith Valley Church and we immediately put the programme into practice. When East Taieri hired a full-time Children’s minister, I returned to Leith Valley, and helped run another two Kids EE programmes.  The last one was interesting in that we only had ten weeks that term, so we compressed the programme into those ten weeks – the fun fair was deconstructed and each event was put with the accompanying lesson, we put “Growing in Jesus” into the next term, and wrapped our OJT into a Christmas visit to a local nursing home.

I am excited about the upcoming opportunities for training in the South Island for 2017.  A commitment to four training sessions is fantastic!  Unfortunately, there has been no regular series of training seminars in Dunedin.  I wish the reason was that we had saturated the local churches with trainees.   In reality, there is a lot more work to be done targeting the people who ought to be introduced to EE.     But, if the question is, have children been introduced to the Gospel in a way that is memorable and able to be communicated? Then yes, they have.  They have also learned the tools to communicate their faith.  The first students we taught are now coming of age to leave home and enter Uni.  Will what we taught them hold up when they are tested and do not have the framework of their parents supporting them?  I was greatly encouraged to see some of those members of our first class being baptised this month.  Their testimonies indicate they have internalised their faith and have had a real encounter with God.  Time will tell if the other half of the programme is effective – can they share their faith with others?

David Jull, EE Coordinator, Dunedin.