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November 2019 News from Raj
Spring is here and one can see the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming in many streets of Auckland as you drive by. The cherry blossoms symbolise the beauty of God and His awesome creation for us to marvel at and appreciate, so take a moment to stop from the busyness of life and enjoy His creation.
In the last newsletter, you may recall the story about a wealthy family living in a huge mansion with a million-dollar seaside view. Guess what? Last week, I received a phone call from that family, who called me up and asked for another visit to their home, rather urgently. When I arrived at their home, the father of the family shared that after my last visit three weeks ago, they could not shrug off Jesus from their minds and admitted that they are actually missing out on true happiness that could only come by making Jesus their personal Saviour. I was blown away by this news! Glory, Hallelujah! So, with a lot of joy I led this family to the Lord through the salvation prayer. In my heart, I was jumping with joy. After planting the gospel seed three weeks ago, God grew the seed (1 Cor 3:6) and provided the harvest in His perfect timing. I was so jubilant by the salvation of this family. The Holy Spirit had gone before me and prepared everything ahead of time.
In fact, the wife had tears rolling down her cheeks when she received Christ. It was a beauty to watch. I then prayed over them, blessed their marriage, their new relationship with Christ. I demonstrated the roman handshake, which was powerful. I gave them a Bible, showed them how to read it, and taught them a prayer that they could say as a family each night. They are leaving for a holiday soon and when they are back, I will start a weekly bible study with them to disciple them. Please keep them in prayers. They have two children.
There are so many testimonies of salvation over the past couple of weeks. Almost daily I get the opportunity to visit, pray and share the Gospel with many people. It is really exciting. By the way, currently Shanthi, Ruth (daughter), David (son) and I are undergoing an 8-week mission school training (in the 10 – 40 window). We are planning to travel to the Middle East next year on a short-trip mission to share the gospel among Syrian refugees who are residing there. They are Muslim and have not heard the gospel and we feel burdened for them. We will be raising funds for this, so please pray about whether the Lord prompts you to partner with us. Thank you very much.
We also had a wonderful Share your Faith training on the 5th October and equipped nine trainees (see pictures below and opposite). They are now doing the 7-weeks EV2. We also had six trainers helping us in the workshop. Praise the Lord for providing many trainers for our workshop.
Thank you for all your prayer support and financial support. Have a blessed month.
Raj Narayanan, EENZ National Director
November 2019 News from Anne
Dear Prayer Partners,
On the first of the month, I begin a round of visits to all the EE leaders and teams in the Multiplying Nations in Oceania. It begins in Papua New Guinea and then on to the Solomon Islands. A few days later, I fly to the Marshall Islands, a new Multiplying Nation that I’ve not visited before, and then to Fiji and Australia, back to New Zealand for our own National Board Planning Day on 3 December, and finally Vanuatu. It’s going to be a lot of travel in a short time, but I’m really looking forward to it; just don’t mention my carbon footprint! The purpose is to conduct the Annual Review together with the respective National Director and Board members, to assess progress, reveal area of the national ministry needing attention and, above all, encourage, help and focus the work for next year. But the visit to each nation is much more than just doing a review!
Now that you hopefully have a better picture of what happens on each of these visits, please pray for God to guide me, give relevance, discernment and clarity of expression with each of these different national teams. May ‘EE Team Oceania’ be blessed, encouraged and strengthened by our meetings together as we celebrate 2019 and look forward to 2020.
Anne Bowie, VP Oceania
October 2019 News from Raj
Greetings in Jesus name,
A few weeks ago I met a young girl who was severely depressed and suicidal. A friend of mine introduced her to me. Twice she tried to take her own life. She is only 23 and has a whole life to live for. But she has lost all hope and wanted to end her life like many young people in this nation. I had a long conversation with her and shared the gospel and gave her hope in Christ. I demonstrated the book of sin and, praise the Lord, she accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour. She understood what Jesus has done for her at the Calvary. I am currently following up with her. Please keep her in your prayers. For privacy purpose, I won’t be able to share her name.
The next day, after my sharing with this young girl, Jesus provided another opportunity, this time to share the gospel with a family who have all the luxuries of the world, with the latest gadgets, technology and comforts of life and even a million-dollar seaside view, but they were missing peace and joy that only Jesus could bring. I shared the gospel and prayed for them. They were very open towards the gospel and had many questions about Christianity. However, they needed more time to make that final decision. I see this as seeds planted and waiting for the harvest in God’s timing.
On Saturday morning the same week, I was part of an outreach in the Botany neighbourhood, where eight people got saved, which brought tears of joy to me. I was reminded of what Jesus said, in John 4:35, “Look up and see, the fields are ripe and ready to harvest. The question is, Are we ready to be part of this harvest? Or are we neglecting it due to the busyness around us?
I am sharing this to encourage each one of you to share the gospel intentionally with those around you. The harvest is all around you. It is not too far away. If you are unable to share the gospel then please continue to pray for us and support us financially so that we can do this with your support. But it will take some sort of sacrifice on your part. Whatever it is, please, don’t let the worries of this world choke you and cause you to lose sight of the dying world around us. Jesus is coming soon. After that, it is night time, so let’s work while it is still day. Let everything we do glorify Jesus.
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