Tomorrow we have the privilege of bringing the ENGAGE 16 conference to Hamilton, NZ. This has all come about from just throwing the idea out there, and praise God it all came together! We have over 100 adults and children registered which is an awesome response as most of them don’t know that much about us, and this is our first conference in Hamilton.
We would really appreciate your prayers this weekend. There are 7 of us traveling up to Hamilton. We leave early Friday morning and conduct a men’s meeting Friday night, followed by a condensed version of the conference on the Saturday.
Here are some prayer pointers:
Last minute prep to go smoothly
Safety and good health for the team as we travel
Safety and good health for our families while we are gone (like no earthquakes!)
For sickness not to hinder families from attending (some have got sick)
For God to work mightily in people’s hearts, and that He would have His way, leading to fruit that glorifies Him.
Provision for conference expenses
Thanks so much – we will let you know how it goes!
##UPDATE## – Check out our Facebook Page for the conference updates now complete.
Just a few moments ago, I checked our national news website, Stuff News. My attention was drawn immediately to the headline which read, “Mountains have moved”…
With the recent earthquakes here in NZ, and the damaging effect it is having on so many, I couldn’t help but reference this headline in my mind with Psalm 46:1-3…
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling”. Selah
The word “Selah” means, “to pause, think, or meditate upon”, and I believe we would all benefit from doing exactly that. To reflect upon, and consider that as believers in Jesus Christ – we do not live in uncertainty, we do not have to worry about the future, and we do not need to panic about the present. Why? Because GOD is our refuge!
Our nation does well in times like this – this has been proven. But let us as believers, pray that the Holy Spirit would do a work in people’s hearts, and help them to ‘join the dots’ and realise that the only true refuge one can find in this life, is in Christ, through the gospel. This involves repentance (inward sorrow over sins against God, and a willingness to turn from them), and trusting in Christ for salvation (turning to God through faith, for forgiveness and deliverance from sin). We will not find true refuge in our resilience, nor in optimism, nor in our self-reliance. We need God!
Let us truly “love our neighbour” in these times in which we live, by helping on a practical level of course -but not at the expense of pointing them to that eternal place of refuge, found only in Jesus Christ.
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Wow, wow, wow – what a blessed day at the A & P show today. Such a privilege to spend the whole day sharing the gospel with my 4 eldest children, Andy, Matt and John. So many had never heard the gospel before, and there was such a good response to the message. My personal highlight was this precious young teenage girl Jess, who totally “got” the message, with tears coming to her eyes when I shared what Christ had done for her (after going through the law, and her admitting her sin and guilt) saying it was “amazing”. Although her friends were standing around, she listened intently and fully embraced the gospel – something she said she had never heard before. This was such an encouragement to me in how we are to trust God to do the work of salvation, rather than try to “seal the deal” ourselves. It was like the Lord opened Jess’ heart, to heed the gospel – and she believed unto salvation – praise God! Here’s a short video about our day – hope it encourages you!