Sharing the Gospel IN N Z 3
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Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Ephesians 1:2-4 (ESV) GOOD NEWS I have enjoyed two weeks of “holiday”, spending time mostly at the farm with my parents and brother. It was a bit strange not having my sister there, but I am please to hear that she is doing well at university in Wellington! Over my time at home, one key goal was to get my full drivers’ licence. This I am thankful withe the Lord’s help to have accomplished, after about 20 hours of driving in those two weeks, and much thanks to my dear mother who has taught me so well. :-) And the icing on the cake was (or maybe the cake for the icing?) was that my eyes have improved so much over the past few years that I no longer legally need glasses for driving – praise the Lord for that! It’s a bit ironic, actually – gaining my glasses when I sat my Learner’s Licence, and losing them at my Full Licence! All glory to God, I personally think it’s a miracle, but even if others want to take a more scientific approach – who made the science that allows eyes to improve over time?! CAN YOU HELP US? During my time away, Mum and I were talking about Bible in Schools. There is a lot of bad media out there at the moment, from people who think NZ shouldn’t have Christian education in schools. A thought came to mind – what if we collect up “good media”, that is, a whole lot of stories of how Christian education has had a positive influence in the lives of people? For example, I thought of one of the high school girls who decided not to commit suicide and instead to follow Jesus – after only a few months at the lunchtime Christian programme! Do you have any stories to share? Has Bible in Schools (or a similar form of Christian education in schools) had a positive effect on you or someone you know? If so, please let Mum know or email them to me, email@example.com – and we can collect some stories for “ammunition”. Meanwhile, tell others these stories too! THE GOSPEL IS FOR SHARING! My life is a story for you to read, How God has provided my every need. He’s given me the gift of encouraging you, And an evangelist He has made me too. On and on sowing Gospel seed, Pointing people to Jesus – their need. But others must also the Gospel tell, And helping them do this I do as well. It may sound hard but with God it’s not, You can share the Gospel too – give it a shot. With friends, or family, or strangers you meet, Stop and share of Jesus – the news so neat! “What’s the Gospel?” – you may say; Let me help you understand today. It’s about God, who’s good and pure and just. But people have sinned, and separation from Him’s a must – Unless someone pays the debt, which Jesus has done! Through His death and resurrection, the victory’s won! But now here is the point to heed: What you do with Jesus is important indeed. It’s literally a life and death situation, And one must turn and trust in Him for salvation! Have you made that choice dear friend? Then tell others how – time is near its end! PLEASE PRAY! Today I was pleased to get in touch with Girls’ High and hear that I’m welcome back there to do a Monday lunchtime programme. Praise God! Please pray that those who God wants there will come along to the programme. Please pray for me with this, as I need wisdom and love as I build into the lives of these young ladies. I enjoy coming across people to befriend and encourage for the Lord – like a young German lady I met on the bus last year and have caught up with many times since, a girl from a local church who I’ve been emailing a lot, and more recently a Japanese exchange student who I met at a birthday party. The latter one happens to be living just around a corner from me, and staying with someone I know of, so I hope I can be a blessing to her as she gets used to life her and makes new friends! Over the next few weeks, we have a lot on (as usual!). There is Girls’ High to plan for, as well as Havelock High, Bible in Schools starting soon, and the aim to get into Karamu High by early next term. Also over the school holidays Gareth and I plan to help at the Easter Show in Auckland, followed by speaking at a kids’ camp at Waihi, and then running another Faithful Bible Investigators kids’ programme in Hastings (similar to the one at Waihi, I imagine!). Please pray for us as we plan and organize all this. And we have various other things, like meeting up with our friends from Vanuatu, helping at Messy Church (Village Baptist Church) for their Easter programme, following up various people who are interested in the Gospel, I’m helping with Girlzone, and so on! Praise God for all these opportunities, and may I make quality time to just be with the Lord also. Please especially pray for wisdom for me as I look after some community children at church each week – I love them all and more are coming, but with more numbers means more responsibility! For example, this past Sunday I spent about half an hour with one girl who decided she didn’t want to be there after all and then felt sick and eventually we took home early. These children need our prayers! Thanks so much for all your prayers and support. I am amazed at how God continues to provide abundantly for every need, and use people to advance His plans. You are part of this! Love, Maria