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.

September 2017 news from Anne Bowie, VP for Oceania

Last month was such an exciting one for me, both in Oceania and New Zealand. It began with the New Zealand Conference in Christchurch, which although small in attendance, was large in the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of those present and opened up so many contacts. It was great to be back in Christchurch and renewed links with Grace Presbyterian have resulted in a wonderful opportunity to equip people there with XEE in October/November, as well as Lewis and team’s Hope for Kids training this month. Mid-month it was a joy to join Raj and Chris in training gifted adult leaders in XEE over two weekends at Massey Community Church. Consolidation of that training is just beginning. Then I was ‘over the ditch’ to Wollongong, to meet with the Chairman of the EE Australia Board, and two other members to do its Annual Review.  The whole Board will respond to the group findings in early September and this will form their action plan for 2018. I caught up with Langdon Stewart in Wollongong and how good it was to spend the best part of a day with him. Finally, I spent four wonderful days in Croydon Park, West Sydney, co-teaching a Hope for Kids Workshop with Wendy Sin, a truly veteran EE Teacher/Trainer.  Leaders from four Chinese congregations and one Burmese came to be qualified to teach H4K programmes in their churches.  One of these was Pastor Angelo Ho, EE Chinese Director, who very gifted and enthusiastic, and who will now be able to go on and train more leaders in the Chinese Churches. We thank God for the six children who invited Jesus into their lives at the on-the-job training time on Sunday. This is what it’s all about!  Wendy Sin had the vision and determination to persist in making this workshop happen. She is an inspiration of passion and commitment to evangelism and especially to EE. Wendy showed me her scrapbooks of photos and records of EE training in Sydney, wider Australia and Oceania going back well over 20 years. She must have equipped hundreds of leaders of all ages! A truly unsung ‘heroine’, she reminded me of the verse: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) May this be said of us!

 

August 2017 news from the desk of the Chairman of the Board Chris Lange

Recently a good friend of mine and fellow EEian told me three simple lines that describe what we need to do in ministry. They are:  take responsibly, expect resistance and trust God. This got me thinking.

Firstly: Take Responsibility. Jesus has commanded us to “go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19). When we share the Gospel and train others to do likewise we are doing just that. This responsibly has primarily been given to us, His people.

Secondly: Expect resistance. When your car moves forward the wind and the road give resistance. It takes energy and there is a cost, but to move forward it must happen. We face a determined enemy that would seek to have us discouraged and shy away from the full potential we have in Christ. This shouldn’t surprise us. Jesus warned us that “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). If you feel discouraged and are facing troubles be encouraged, there’s a good chance you’re moving forward!

Lastly: Trust God. In all things trust Him. It’s as simple as that. Perhaps Proverbs 3:5-6 puts it best: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

So remember:  Take responsibly, expect resistance and above all trust God.

Chris Lange – Board Chairman

 

August 2017 news from Raj Narayanan

In terms of EE work this month, I was involved in several workshops which included one Share Your Faith training at Life Church, one EV2 training at Hanouri Korean Presbyterian church and the start of the 10 weeks SYF/EV2 training at Elim Botany. I have also promoted EE workshops to Pastor Steve from Church Unlimited and am hoping that we can partner with them in equipping and multiplying believers in their church. Also, seven youth at a local church heard the gospel for the first time and received their assurance from the Lord. Praise the Lord. I would like to thank Ilse, Anne and Tina for their tremendous help to me this month.