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.

If you have time please visit her blog at https://crossfoundationblog.wordpress.com/. Read her daily witnessing stories.

Blessings in Jesus name,

Raj, National Director

October 2018 News from Anne

Greetings,

Last month’s highlight was nearly a fortnight in Fiji assisting with the Leadership Development Training Course. My role was to teach the Spiritual Development section each morning, firmly based on Archbishop Harry Goodhew’s excellent guide, Growing Green, as well as to assist EE Australia and EE Fiji in the day to day running of the Course.  It was a pleasure to join with the keen group who came for training. There were three EE National Directors; one from India, Malaysia and Mongolia, Field Workers from USA, Switzerland, Kenya, Tonga and the Marshall Islands and two young women from Australia testing their call to EE. While there, we went out witnessing in Nadi and 12 people professed their faith in Christ, including a man living with his family just down the drive from the Kennedy Training Centre. It was good to go out one morning and meet some local pastors who had participated in an EE training clinic course to assess its implementation and encourage them further. It’s hard to estimate the potential value of a course like this as these leaders scatter and return home to apply what they’ve learned. Please pray for EE leadership of all these nations to be greatly strengthened.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania

 

October 2018 news from Chris Lange, Board Chairman

My two boys have always enjoyed spending time with me, particularly if it involves anything outside. Ever since they learnt to walk, they would come running every time I trie to go outside. Somehow from anywhere in the house they would detect sound of me putting my shoes on, and would come running while yelling “coming”! They would never ask me about where I was going or what I was doing. They were too busy pulling their boots on as fast as they could to ask irrelevant questions like that. Sometimes this was just taking the compost out and other times it was going on big adventures like cycling. It didn’t matter what it was, what mattered was that we were together.

Their eagerness to spend time with their dad reminds me of when Jesus first called His disciples. He simply said “Come follow Me” and “At once they left their nets and followed him”(Matt 4:20). Following Jesus is an adventure. Jesus is still calling each of us today to join Him in this adventure, to go where He goes and do as He does. So when you next sense Jesus calling you, will you jump at the opportunity? I pray our response will always be “coming!” Your adventure awaits!

Chris Lange

October 2018: News from EE Coordinator – Adrienne van Rij

I have just completed 8 sessions of Kids’ Connect for the term, to which God brought along 7-year-old Hindu twin boys. One was particularly attentive to the gospel and I hope to have contact with the family in the school term holidays. Another Hindu mum, whose daughter used to come two years back to Kid’s Connect, phoned me for a chat this week. I bumped into her again at Countdown with Siyona – this is a good reminder from God that I need to keep up the friendship with her.  I had a wonderful gospel opportunity to keep sowing the seed and sharing God’s love with her.

I am reminded of Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

Adrienne van Rij, EE Coordinator, Christchurch.

 

September 2018 News from Raj

Greetings to all in the name of Jesus.

Anne and I have just returned from attending the EE Oceania Conference at Camp Tamborine in Queensland, Australia, where the Oceania National Directors, EE Board Chairpersons, National Coordinators, Field Workers and volunteers came together for a week to present and listen to EE ministry reports presented by each Oceania nation. We had daily devotions, worship and prayer, followed by National ministry reports, updates from Executive VP Rod Story regarding the future plans of EE, Anne’s briefing on EE implementation, planning work, reporting structure, scorecard, local area teams and workshops, and discussion on national issues and recommendations for the next EE congress.  Overall it was an excellent time of edification for all of us.

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to thank Anne, the main coordinator of the EE conference, Ilse the administrator, and the entire EE Australia team with Rev Rob and his wife Carol. It was wonderful teamwork and I applaud everyone for their 110% effort in making this conference a great success.

On the home front, we have confirmation that our next Share Your Faith workshop will start in Pukekohe, please keep this workshop in your prayers. We will also be doing on-the-job training as part of the eight-week workshop, so please pray that God will draw hungry souls to hear the gospel. In September, I have been invited to speak at two forums: one in Wellington, where I will be promoting Hope for Kids at the forum called “Reaching 1 million kids for Christ in New Zealand”. The plan is to share the gospel with 1 million kids in New Zealand who are in the age group 5 to 15. If you are in Wellington on the 14th and 15th September. For more information or to register, please email info@onemillionchildren.co.nz or go to the website One Million Children

I have also been invited to speak at the “Unshaken Youth Conference” organised by Thinking Matters on the 22nd September in Auckland. Please keep me in your prayers.

Blessings in Jesus name.

Raj, National Director