August 2019 News from Raj

Greetings in Jesus name,

Thank you for all your prayers for the recent Hope for Kids school holiday programme at Otahuhu Community Baptist church, where 41 children attended, many of them hearing the gospel for the first time. At the conclusion of the three days, 35 children made commitments to follow Jesus. Praise the Lord for the awesome work of the Holy Spirit, gently nudging them. Here is a testimony text sent by one of the kids:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and Shanthi. This holiday programme really helped me to learn more about the free gift of eternal life. Thank you once again for making these three days a blast! God bless you”.

This testimony helped us understand the impact that the H4K programme and EE has as a ministry to equip adults to teach the children the gospel and equip them to share with others. Please keep praying for the Hope for Kid ministry to grow throughout New Zealand.

On another note, here is another wonderful testimony. Last week, a car service salesman knocked on our door at home. He offered a very competitive pricing that beats my current car service price. So I invited him into my home, and signed up a very good deal. Right before leaving the man asked me “Sir, what is your job?” I told him that I am involved in church work, as he may not understand the meaning of Evangelism. I then asked him, “Do you go to church?” to which he replied that he has not been for some time now. I then asked him “Who is Jesus for you?” using the EE training technique to get into the gospel. He said “Jesus is my friend”. I agreed that Jesus is a friend and then said “Do you know that Jesus is also God”, he looked surprised.  I went on to share the gospel by starting off with my testimony, followed by the book of sin transaction. At the end of the sharing I looked at him and I saw that he was clearly moved by the gospel message and started to cry. Tears were flowing and Shanthi quickly offered the tissue box (you can see from the picture below). Right in our living room, this man gave his life to Jesus. It was one of the most powerful experiences I have had to witness, and I am sure it was for him too.  I gave him the book of John, did the Roman handshake, and swapped phone numbers. I will follow up with him now. All of this started when I opened my door to a complete stranger who knocked on my door.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, always be ready to share the gospel with the people whom God brings intentionally into your life. If you need a refresher EE course, please contact us. We are here for you.

God bless you and your family. Please continue to pray for our ministry.

Blessings,

Raj Narayanan, EENZ National Director

August 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners,

Spring beckons, daffodils are coming out in my garden, and the EE Congress of Nations is almost here!  How quickly the year flies by. In this letter, there is good news and disappointing news.

The good news is that the Congress Programme looks great.  Norman Blackaby, EEI Board member  is the Bible teacher each morning, followed by prayer time, presentations, discussions and resolutions on a variety of strategic issues, namely: new materials, internet training, strategy for reaching People Groups, leadership growth, developing succession in leaders, coaching for transformational leadership, growing young leaders, developing EE in new nations, the role of the Boards, building effective teams, and asking how many nations we need in order to reach the world with Gospel equipping.  Our own Raj is the Chairperson of the New Tools Track: Strategy for the Future and will be moderating the discussion on what materials we need and how we might accelerate materials development. Congress is a time for listening to the Holy Spirit, sharing experience and insights, developing fresh, creative and relevant ways to reach the world with the Gospel.

The concerning news, however, is that nine of our delegates so far do not have entry visas into Albania. Please pray that the leaders from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands will get them in time. Visa application has been a long and tricky process.  Leaders in Africa and a few in Asia are also waiting. Please remember them as well.

Finally, EE Cook Islands have decided not to be admitted as a multiplying nation at this Congress.  They will continue however, to develop and grow the ministry there in partnership with New Zealand and within Oceania.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania

View of Tirana from the Plaza Hotel

July 2019 News from Raj

Greetings in Jesus name,

Winter is here, and we can feel the temperature dropping down. However, this cold weather will not stop our evangelism work which continues each day, both with equipping the saints and witnessing at the malls. My Monday night is fully dedicated to discipling new believers, Tuesday night for EV2 training, Wednesday night for XEE training, Thursday night for witnessing at the mall, Friday evening a break and Saturday could be either a Share Your Faith “one day” training or Hope for Kids training, depending on the need of the saints. I love what God has called me to do for His kingdom. Please keep praying for me and EE, for endurance and perseverance to do God’s work with diligence and joy.

Towards the end of June, Shanthi and I ran a Hope for Kids workshop at a local church, to equip children leaders who will be running a school holiday programme at the church during the 2nd week of July. This school holiday programme is to invite children from the broken homes residing in the community and bringing them the good news of Jesus Christ as well as equipping them to witness to others. The leader of the holiday programme is in contact with the community social workers who are working with women who face violent abuse at home from their spouse. Very often children coming from these homes display aggressive behaviour and they need love and care. Most importantly, they need Jesus as their personal Saviour.  This is a free holiday programme that the church runs each year with up to 70 kids attending. This year it is a privilege for Evangelism Explosion Ministries to take part, not only to equip leaders to share the Gospel, but also to run the programme. Please keep this programme in your prayers. Please pray that many children will hear the Gospel and make a commitment to receive Jesus as their personal Saviour.

Other good news is that we have one of our EE trainees currently in Fiji equipping young people on how to share the Gospel and also doing daily door knocking in the villages to take the good news to the local residence. He is daily seeing people giving their lives to Jesus and also experiencing physical healing and freedom from strongholds and spiritual oppression. This is a wonderful effort taken by someone who is passionate about spreading the good news to the lost. Please keep him in your prayers. We also have another EE trainee witnessing in the mall every Thursday, taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the people at the shopping mall. Please keep him in prayers as he has recently undergone eye surgery and is resting at home. Please pray for quick recovery and healing for his eyes.

Have a fabulous month filled with Christ’s love and peace.

Blessings,

Raj Narayanan, EENZ National Director

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

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