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

March 2019 News from Raj

Greetings in Jesus name,

In March we ran our first SYF (Share Your Faith) training for 2019 at Greenlane Presbyterian church attended by 10 different churches. It was a one-day workshop, followed by 7-week EV2 (Everyday Evangelism) training.  Anne, Raj Kashyap and I had the privilege to teach and equip 12 people in total.

I also had an opportunity to be part of a gospel outreach organised by a in Howick. We gave out free drinks and cookies outside a mall and attracted mostly young adults, who were searching for their purpose in life. We shared and connected with about 30 people and three young adults gave their life to Christ on that day. The church has invited them to them church, where they will be discipled and nurtured. One of the young men lives in the city but happened to be in Howick to visit his friend.  Little did he know that it was the appointed time for him to make a decision for Christ. He came face to face with our living God, Jesus Christ and knew in his heart that this is the right thing to do. He looked overwhelmed, convicted by the Holy Spirit and thanked us for the experience and encounter with Jesus. Below is a photo of one of our team members outside the mall.

Our AGM is coming up on Sunday 5 May. Wow ! One year has passed so quickly. Diarise and do attend – it will be hosted at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, starting at 3pm followed by our Supporters’ Dinner. The address is 223, Weymouth Road, Manurewa and there is heaps of parking. Please RSVP to office@ee.org.nz by 29th April 2019.

Have a blessed month.

Raj Narayanan, National Director

March 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners ,

Two highlights last month were eight days in the Solomon Islands, followed by teaching in the Share Your Faith Training Workshop at Greenlane, with ‘the two Raj’s’. It’s a joy to still be active in teaching and training EE at home, thus keeping ‘my feet on the ground’.

The Solomon Islands are known there as “The Hapi Isles”; this description features on every vehicle number plate. This is certainly borne out when you walk down the street by the smiles and number of times people say, “Hello, what’s your name?”  It is an easy place to strike up a conversation and people everywhere are open to the Gospel. Unlike here in New Zealand, the newspapers feature articles on the Christian faith and MPs still write articles about honouring our God of the Bible. EE has been established in the Solomon Islands over the past ten years through the pioneering ministry of Rusi and Sai Tulaga, a Fijian couple, who with their four children went out with the support of EE Fiji.   Now from the Solomon Islands’ base, they have developed EE in the Marshall Islands and are living in Majuro, its capital.  Pastor Ross Masika, previously Chairman of EE Solomon Islands, is transferring to be the new National Director.

I greatly enjoyed spending almost every morning with Ross as we discussed the key aspects of further developing EE training and implementation there. Ross has a fine ‘track record’ of training leaders of all ages in his Joy Harvest Church (what a neat name that is!)  Please pray for Ross and the EE Board there, as they face the huge challenge of contact and communication over nine island provinces so costly and even dangerous to reach. Even greater is the challenge of raising cash in this low wage economy. As well, storms can easily destroy what has been built. Nevertheless, the outlook is very promising with a new enthusiastic leadership team training church members and implementing EE in such a Gospel open society.

May God bless you all abundantly,

Anne Bowie – VP Oceania

February 2019 News from Raj

Happy New Year and greetings to everyone in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I trust that you have had a fabulous start to the year so far.  I am sure each of you have made some sort of resolution for this year and I pray that you will achieve this goal that you have set for yourself. Allow me to inspire you with the following story.

Once, there were three frogs sitting on a rock on a pond. They were highly stressed because they had been sitting for a few hours, unable to jump into the water, as there was a crocodile swimming nearby. After several hours passed by, two of the frogs finally decided to jump into the water. Now the question: how many frogs remain on the rock? The automatic answer would be: one. Right? Actually, the right answer is three and not one. You see, the two frogs decided to jump into the water, but never really jumped. They made a decision, but never took any action. So, in the same way, you might have decided on a new goal for 2019, but your decision will only remain a decision until you take an action. So please don’t just set goals for 2019, but go the extra mile and make the effort to accomplish them. It could be starting a children’s ministry, youth ministry, serving as an elder, a leader, starting a bible reading plan, starting a new business, signing up for a new course, applying for a new job or even getting married. Just do it “for you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, who loves you” (Romans 8:37).

As for EE NZ ministry, we are setting a goal of implementing 19 workshops this year. The breakdown is as following: Hope for Kids = 5 workshops; Share your Faith = 4; Everyday Evangelism = 4; XEE workshops = 4 and Classic EE workshops = 2. And, with Christ in me, the hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27), I believe, as a ministry, we can do this.

Of course we need your continuous prayers and financial support for us to achieve these goals. We have already started the year with two Hope for Kids workshops in February: one at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church (with 10 trainees) and the other in Rarotonga (with 43 trainees). That means 53 people will be equipped to take the gospel to the children and train them to share their faith with others. We need you to be our prayer partner – please keep both workshops in prayer.

Other great news is that one of the attendees at the Hope for Kids intro program in Wellington used our EE gospel sharing technique which resulted with eight kids making a decision for Christ. What a way to start the year, with a BANG!  I am really excited and I hope you are too!

By the way, do you want to know what happened to the three frogs in the story? Here is how the story ends. The three frogs finally became bold and they conquered their fear by dashing into the water. Not only did they conquer their fear, they multiplied to five frogs (abundance) and triumphed over their arch enemy the crocodile. 

I wish you to do the same for 2019

Raj Narayanan,

National Director

February 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners ,

The first of 2019 is already gone and it is time for the first EE International Day of Prayer and Fasting.  It is on Tuesday 12 February and I invite you to set aside some dedicated prayer time on that day. I’ll be able to join in at our new offices in Highbrook!  Christine Carr and I are in the Cook Islands at the moment, having started the first Hope for Kids Workshop last week.  Please pray that we will teach well and key children’s leaders will firmly establish H4K programmes in their respective churches.  On Saturday 9 Feb (10 Feb in NZ) we start practical OJT – please pray for commitment to immediate implementation.

Also pray God’s wisdom and guidance for Ada Shea and the Chinese EE ministry that it continues to grow, not only locally, but internationally in the Oceania regions and continues to equip church leaders there.

May God bless you all abundantly,

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

Raj K, Dency, Lewis, Raj N, Jimmy

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

October 2018 News from Raj

Greetings to everyone in the mighty name of Jesus.

This month, I was privileged to be part of 3 conferences: One Million Children Conference, Engage Conference and Youth Unshaken Conference. I was given the opportunity to speak at the One Million Children and Youth Unshaken Conference and my highlight was seeing a young girl in her wheel chair, from New Plymouth, giving out gospel tracts to all those who attended the One Million Children conference. Despite having progressive muscular dystrophy, unable to speak clearly, paralysed from the leg down, she is filled with the love of Christ and the joy of the Lord.  She was handing out her tracts, talking to people, giving them hope that if she could do this so could everyone. This girl brought tears to my eyes because in her, I saw the joy that sometimes eludes me and many of us as we become entangled with work, life’s busyness, family, relationship and ministry and here I see a young girl able to give a beautiful smile of hope and joy to everyone around her. She was radiant, a magnet, and everyone gravitated towards her – the reason was simple: she had Christ in her, the hope of Glory. She lived and spoke like Christ. I saw God in her and I witnessed His presence in her.  She is doing all of this in a wheelchair. How much more should we be out there with both our feet sharing the gospel to a lost world that needs to hear about the hope in Christ, the eternal life that is awaiting them. Come on! Let’s go and preach the gospel. Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is power of God at work, saving everyone who believes”, and Romans 10:15: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news to others”.  Have a blessed month. I hope you are as encouraged as I am.

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Blessings in Jesus name,

Raj, National Director