August 2014

Missional Spirituality – Seven Habits of a Lifeless Church

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Let us say that a church alive is marked by Christlikeness among the people, worship of God, love and compassion and mission toward others … and other such marks. Let us also say it is marked by the church’s classic marks: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. And we must root this all in gospel and Trinity. Our culture works against a church alive and if we let culture shape us we can create a lifeless church, though any church that is lifeless is a sick contradiction. The themes of our culture, however, work against the life of God in a church.

What are they? What cultural trends challenge the church/faith? What trends intrude on missional spirituality?

In their new book, Missional Spirituality, Roger Holland and Len Hjalmarson, sketch seven cultural habits that grow in Westerners naturally and which, at the same time, counter what the gospel aims to do in our midst.

1. Disenchantment: borrowing from Charles Taylor and others, the argument is that prior to the Enlightenment (at least) it was difficult not to believe in God, while in the modern world it is difficult to believe in God. The world prior to the Reformation and especially before the Enlightenment was enchanted — alive with the presence of God and signs of his presence. The Enlightenment’s rationality and empiricism and dualism created a world in which it was easy/ier not to believe in God. Christians who buy into the Enlightenment project counter the gospel’s world of enchantment with God.

2. Excarnation. They speak here of disembodiment or the diminishment of embodied spirituality. It’s about ideas, not rituals and acts and form.

3. Abstraction. We separate ideas from objects and subjects and rationalize and theorize. The faith becomes a system of beliefs instead of a Person in whom we trust and in whom we hope.

4. Consumerism. I don’t think they get to the bottom of this one, though they touch on themes and symptoms of consumerism. Ownership is normal; obsession with ownership, status, and the dopamine rush of purchasing … these are at work in consumerism, as is a culture in which everything is comodified. Consumerist Christianity, at the ecclesial level, is about attending a church because of what you can get from it instead of worshiping God and serving our brothers and sisters. With consumerism, I think of Clement, of St Anthony, of Augustine, of St Francis, of some in the monastic tradition… of Ron Sider … of the neo-Monastics, etc..

5. Entitlement. A society marked by consumerism and self-image education feels entitled to a church meeting needs and to what it offers and to participating in decisions and authority etc..

6. Extraction. Their point is a simple one: we too often draw non-Christians out of their culture into a church culture in order to Christianize them. We plug them into a pre-set forms and roles and routines and deprive some of their natural giftedness.

7. Mutant Pietism and Programism. They will look at Pietism later, but pietism has been diminished and it has been connected to easily to church programs. Mutant pietism is inner world individualism and insufficiently missionally-shaped piety. The original pietism, esp that of Francke, was missionally minded.

 

Re-blogged from www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed with permission.

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. He’s also a veteran blogger. Scot’s passion is to see the church embrace the mission of God in the 21st century. For more from Scot visit www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed

 

Pray for Tripoli and Christ the King Church

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Intense fighting between rival armed groups and militias has rocked the city of Tripoli in Libya over recent weeks. There has been indiscriminate shelling of urban areas, and according to the Ministry of Health, the fighting has killed 214 and injured 981 in Tripoli and Benghazi. The government in Libya has attempted to issue ceasefire orders, but with no force loyal to the state strong enough to take on the militias on its own, and enforce the decisions, the decrees have not had any effect.

Please pray for safety and security for the leaders and congregations of Christ the King Church in Tripoli. Rev. Ayo, one of the priests, wrote today “I was robbed of my phone yesterday evening, but glory be to the Lord for His presence which prevailed over them, because their intention was to take me away.”

Rev. Vasihar and Malini continue to serve at the church, as they feel it is important for them to be there for the many Indian church members who are still staying in Tripoli and elsewhere. Rev. Samuel and Hony were in Egypt when the violence started, and have been asked to remain in Egypt for now. Many Egyptians have left the country, and at the moment there are no Egyptians coming to the church for the Arabic-speaking services

Please pray for the whole nation and its future.

 

Originally posted at www.dioceseofegypt.org

Giving Thanks

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalms 136:1)

Every Wednesday here in Potter’s Village we have a senior staff prayer meeting. It’s a time to bring the project to God with all its joys and challenges. One of the things which I have come to admire in this prayer meeting is the spirit of thanksgiving which flows so naturally from the national staff. I am often consumed with all the challenges and all the things which still need to be achieved here but their prayers are overflowing with thanks for God’s provision, for his grace, for his love and mercy.

It’s so easy to look at something and see how it can be developed and improved and this is important in any project. However, it is just as important to see what has been achieved, to pause in the striving and be thankful for what is, to see how this project has been blessed and, as such, is such a blessing to the community, and to thank God for it.

So, continuing on this line I’d like to tell you about some of the things for which I am thankful! I have been here for just over 2 months and feel settled now. I know the ins and outs and have created a little routine for myself. I have been blessed with good health and am continually amazed at how much I am learning.

Education One of the projects which I have taken up in the last month is staff education in the medical center. Jovia, the senior nurse, and myself agreed that it is important to equip the medical staff so that if the Muzungu (foreigners) had to leave, the medical center could still function smoothly. We have started small with education on a few new pieces of equipment (a syringe pump and suction machine), management of babies on CPAP and neonatal resuscitation but the response has been incredibly positive. The staff are eager to use their new skills and knowledge and I have been humbled by their appreciation.

Rutaka Clinic A few weeks ago Dr Mike Hughes, Beth, a medical student and I went to the rural clinic of Rutaka for the day. It is technically under the Diocesan umbrella but has few resources, few medications and few staff! We were only supposed to be going for the morning, taking a box of medications to treat what we could. Arriving at 11am, we finally left having taken no breaks, at 5pm and having seen 59 patients! Beth and I triaged the patients, obtaining all their details and symptoms with the help of the local vicar as my interpreter and then sent them in to Mike who treated them. Many of them had been struggling with symptoms for months and unable to afford to travel the 1 1/2 hours to Kisoro for treatment. Though exhausting, the day was very satisfying, to be able to achieve so much in so little time.

Cultural quirks: For a bit of humour before I sign off… A language quirk I have learnt since arriving here is in talking about time. If you ask someone to do something “now” that can mean anything from sometime soon to in the next few hours/days! If you want something done immediately, you have to ask for it to be done “now now!” … Guess how I learnt that!

Iraq Christians flee from Islamic militants

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Last week we shared a little about the conflict in Gaza. This week we want to draw attention to the current tensions in Iraq which are affecting thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters. As before, the tensions there have implications for those right across the Middle East, especially for our fellow believers.

One reporter has summed up the awful truth of what is happening in Iraq: “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst” (Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader). For more from him watch the video here. It’s important to note that some of what is said there may not be accurate – the Gospel Coalition have written a post challenging some of the details shared by Arabo – but what we can be certain of is that many fellow believers are suffering as a result of the ISIS.

From Faith2Share:

Urgent prayers are  requested as tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians flee for their lives as Islamist militants surge across northern Iraq towards the largest city of the Kurdish region, Erbil. Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian city, has been left all but abandoned as the Islamic State group advances through minority communities in the country’s north-west. Late last night (Thursday) the UN security council condemned the attacks and urged international support for the Iraqi government. Contacts in Kurdistan say, “In general we are really impressed by the way the Kurdistan is welcoming and supporting people of all backgrounds who have suffered at the hands of the Da’ash [as the Islamic State is known by Kurds]. The Baghdad government and world powers have been deeply concerned by the offensive. The Guardian newspaper reports that US president Barack Obama has ordered targeted air strikes against the militants and airdrops to help the fleeing Iraqi refugees. UN officials say an estimated 200,000 new refugees are seeking sanctuary in the Kurdish north from the extremists who have pursued them since the weekend.

Turning Mission Upside-down (Issue 20)

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In this bicentennial year we as NZCMS are expanding our idea of mission. With a three-fold tactic – teams, events and training – we are seeking to reawaken New Zealanders to the God who has been central to our story.

Teams

We can no longer conceive of mission as us going “over there.” This year various short-term mission teams will be sent from the nations toNew Zealand. In April we hosted twelve ‘reverse-mission’ evangelists from Kenya who were involved in over 400 events. We have invited 28 more evangelists to come to New Zealand to share the gospel in other parts of the country. Feedback from the first team was incredibly positive, particularly the receptiveness they experienced from Christian and non-Christian alike.

Events

The major celebration of this year is the Our Story Hui, to be held near where Samuel Marsden preached the first gospel message in the Bay of Islands. This will be a time of reflection on the role of past missionaries who were sent to and from our country, on what is presently happening in our nation, as well as a chance to look forward to the future. Bishop Kito will host us in this bi-cultural celebration of the gospel as we take a pilgrimage to Oihi Bay and other significant sites.

Throughout this year, Mark Grace is speaking at churches across the country about the significance of this year. For many this is the first time they have seriously contemplated the impact the gospel has had in our country and the role it played to foster peace amongst Maori and Pakeha.

Later in the year we will be hosting multiple events when a top-notch band from Kenya comes to tour the country. Their goal is to share the gospel with youth through music.

Training

Leadership and mission training seminars will be held throughout the year. The focus of these is to help identify and build future leaders and mission workers for both local and international mission. We are also creating resources to equip and inform God’s people, such as a video series that address the myths and realities of the story of Christianity in New Zealand. (Visit http://www.youtube.com/NZCMS for more.)

 

We want thousands of New Zealanders to hear the gospel for the very first time in 2014. Our reverse missionaries have committed to covering 50% of their expenses so that they can bless out nation. They have taken annual leave, left their children with friends and relatives, and spent dedicated time fasting and praying to prepare to minister to us. Our challenge is to raise the other 50%. Many people have been generous and we are well on our way to raising the $100 000 needed to make this possible. Will you consider partnering with us financially as we seek see New Zealand re-impacted by the powerful message of our risen Lord?

 

Originally published in Intermission (July-August 2014)

Weaving together Kenyans and Kiwis – part b (Issue 20)

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By Alice Kinyua, a member of the first reverse-mission team from Kenya.

As the time for our departure for New Zealand drew nearer, the cost of obedience started becoming clearer. Our reverse-mission team had just finished a section of our training that covered ‘the cost of discipleship.’

There was the financial cost. Not only did we have to raise over $4000 to cover our expenses, but we also had to convince our employers to grant us a whole month’s leave from work. One of the evangelists – a father of four – had to resign from work a few weeks before the mission in order to go. At one point four of the evangelists were denied visas and it was discouraging, exhausting and expensive to reapply. Another one of the missionaries was five months pregnant, making long-distance travel that much more taxing.

Then there was the emotional battle of leaving behind little children. I remember one of the parents asking for prayer because, as she said, “the thought of not being there to feed my three year old daughter, tuck her in bed and read her bedtime stories for an entire month was almost too much to bare.”

But somehow in our hearts we knew that the Lord was urging us to keep going and to keep trusting him.

Why would the Lord not allow us to give up? Well it is because he had some work to do in us and also through us. Through the time of preparation, our faith was stretched. Our sense of dependence on God was heightened. With all the miracles God did for us – providing finances, visas, assurance, peace, and wonderful partnership with our Kiwi hosts – our confidence in sharing the faithfulness of God was increased. God was preparing us to be able to celebrate the 200 years of Christianity in New Zealand by sharing what it means to hope in him.

I will never forget the conversation I had with one lovely lady. We were in the kitchen of the Mornington Presbyterian Church, preparing food to share with the people during the African cultural night. This lady walked in looking for me, holding her three year old daughter. It turned out that this lady had listened to a sermon I had preached the previous Sunday at Dunedin City Baptist Church on the story of the prodigal son. The focus was on the compassion of the father mourning the loss of a child. According to the father, the prodigal son was not only lost but also dead. I related this to my testimony of the loss of our child and how God had worked in us to give us assurance of life defeating death forever. In the same way, God, through forgiveness of sin, brings life back to those who are dead in their sin.

During the service this lady felt what I term as a conviction of the Holy Spirit. The only thing is that she had no vocabulary to describe it. She hadn’t been to church for over 16 years. She was there this Sunday because a friend invited her, and as she listened to the sermon she couldn’t stop crying. She said that she was shaking uncontrollably the entire time. She had sought me out to ask what to do because she couldn’t shake the experience off.

Upon enquiring, I realized that her life in the more than 16 years she was away from church had been a wreck. She had lost her mum at the age of 15 and she had no way of dealing with the loss and the pain. In desperation she turned to drugs and reckless living. But she knew that she needed to turn her life around. A message of a God who identifies with death and who has power over death was what she needed to start getting hope.

She gave her life to Christ that day. She wanted this God who restores lives, who gives hope beyond this life. That was a special moment. I remember Debbie, one of my team who had chatted with this lady earlier, saying to me, “Alice, if this is the only reason we came to New Zealand, then it was worth it!”

That was not the only life that was saved. There are others that gave their lives to Christ during the mission – at least ten in our count. There may be more. What is even more encouraging is that many others heard the gospel. The seed was planted. Others are watering it. We are also continuing to water those seeds through prayer. We believe that in due time the Lord will cause the fruit to grow and the harvest to increase.

Looking back, I realize that all the challenges we had to overcome in planning for the mission were just part of the plan. There is no price too high to pay when it comes to the privilege of sharing the gospel of Christ. It is always more than worth it!

 

Originally published in Intermission (July-August 2014).

Trying to make sense of Gaza

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The following is an excerpt from a recent post made by Colin Chapman. Though not all will agree with all of his theological perspectives related to the Israel-Palestine tensions, this article gives useful background to the current conflict that should be helpful for all – at the end of the day, all believers should agree that injustice is never justified, even when it pertains to Israel. We felt it was helpful to share his reflections because he is part of our broader CMS family for many years, serving with CMS in the UK for 18 years.

Note: the views expressed below do not necessarily represent the views of NZCMS. We do, however, recognise the importance of careful reflection on issues such as these along with Jesus’ call to peace-making. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

If there’s been a cease-fire by the time this article appears, none of the underlying issues will have been resolved. Here then is a brief attempt to analyse what this recent outbreak of fighting between Israel and Gaza has been about – with four clues which help me to make sense of the big picture.

1. Most Palestinians in Gaza today are the children or grandchildren of Palestinian Arabs who were expelled from their homes in the Nakba in 1948.

Benny Morris was one of the first of the new revisionist Israeli historians who documented the process by which around 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes in the months before and after the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948. In his book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (1988) he debunked the myth that they had fled because their leaders encouraged them to do so, and described how some went to Gaza, while others moved to Egypt, the West Bank, Syria and Lebanon.

2. ‘It’s the blockade and the occupation, stupid!’

No one can deny Israel’s right to self-defence, subject to the test of proportionality, and it’s understandable that Israel should want to force Hamas to stop firing rockets indiscriminatingly into Israel. Hamas could have stopped firing the rockets as soon as the casualties began to mount and the international community called for a cease-fire. But Gaza has been described as the largest open-air prison in the world, and the rockets (which have so far killed only three civilians in Israel) have been an expression of the desperation of the Palestinians over the eight-year economic blockade imposed by Israel after Hamas seized power in 2006. Israel is clearly determined to destroy Hamas’s arsenal of weapons and the network of tunnels penetrating into Israel. But the Hamas leadership believes that it can’t afford to agree to a cease-fire without securing concessions from Israel which relieve the humanitarian crisis developing inside Gaza. The appalling numbers of civilian casualties, therefore, and the destruction of so much property are seen as a price that must be paid in order to force Israel to bow to international pressure and end its crippling blockade. Palestinians in Gaza feel that if they don’t die under the rockets, they will be strangled to death by the blockade.

3. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is a conflict of two nationalisms, with two peoples claiming the same piece of land for different reasons.

Theodore Herzl spelled out his vision of political Zionism in his book The Jewish State in 1896, and the following year he convened the First Zionist Congress in Basel. Having concluded that the emancipation of Jews in Europe in the nineteenth century had failed, he believed that the only way for them to feel secure in the modern world was for them to return to their ancestral homeland in Palestine and create some new kind of Jewish polity there. At the time when he wrote the book, Jews were no more than 8% of the total population of Palestine. The remaining 92% of the population – Palestinian Arabs – were aware of nationalist movements in Europe and were beginning to develop their own dreams of Arab nationalism and independence from Ottoman rule. One of the ironies of history, therefore, is that Jewish nationalism (Zionism) had the effect of stimulating Arab nationalism. …

Palestinians today need somehow to understand that European anti-semitism, which culminated in the Holocaust, created the longing for a homeland in which Jews could feel safe and secure. By the same token, Jews in Israel and elsewhere need to understand that Jewish nationalism and Arab (and especially Palestinian) nationalism have developed side by side during the last century, and that the biblical understanding of justice is that we should seek for our neighbours what we seek for ourselves.

While Hamas has maintained its Islamist stance, it’s thoroughly misleading to say that Palestinian enmity towards Israel is motivated primarily by Islam. Palestinian Muslims are bound to turn to their religion to find motivation in their struggle. But the root cause of the conflict is dispossession rather than religion. …

If some Palestinians have not been supporters of Hamas and blamed it for the escalation of the fighting in the last two weeks, the ferocity of Israeli attacks on Gaza has probably had the effect of rallying widespread support for Hamas and its demands. One of the lessons of the Northern Ireland peace process was that there was no significant breakthrough until all parties – including those regarded as being extreme – were brought into the political process. …

As we watch this terrible tragedy unfold, therefore, we should be praying for all who, in the spirit of the Beatitudes, ‘hunger and thirst to see right prevail’ and seek to be peace-makers.

Colin Chapman has worked with CMS in the Middle East for 18 years and in his last post he was teaching Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology. He has taught at Trinity College, Bristol, and was principal of Crowther Hall, the CMS training college in Selly Oak, Bristol. He is now enjoying semi-retirement in Cambridge. His books include Whose Promised Land?, Whose Holy City? Jerusalem and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, Christianity on Trial (Lion), Cross and Crescent: responding to the challenges of Islam (IVP), and “Islamic Terrorism”: is there a Christian response? (Grove).

To read the full article visit www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/articles/trying-to-make-sense-of-gaza

Another useful document is by David P. Gushee and Glen H. Stassen at www.newevangelicalpartnership.org/?q=node/139

Tensions in the Middle East

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The following is an update from Bishop Mouneer. Our Mission Partner Rosie works under Mouneer in Egypt. Here he captures the feelings that many believers throughout this region are experiencing.

My dear friends,

The Middle East is groaning.  You hear about what is happening in Iraq and the many Christians who are being forced to leave their homes and also those who were killed by ISIS (Daash).  Over 1500 have been killed in Gaza and 8000 were injured in the recent days because of the fighting between Israel and Hamas.  Syria is suffering greatly, and we are receiving many Syrian refugees here in Egypt.  Libya is struggling with tribal wars and conflicts, and Christ the King Anglican Church in Tripoli is in the midst of this.  South Sudan is torn again by fighting and hundreds of thousands are fleeing to neighboring countries, including Ethiopia.  Here in Egypt, every other day we hear about a violent and terrorist attack, especially in the Sinai where military and police officers are targeted. What a region, full of flames and blood.

In the midst of all this, many people are saying “Where are you, God? Why are you allowing this to happen to your people?”  It reminds me with the cries of King David in Psalm 77 when he said, “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?”  We find the answer to all these questions in the same Psalm, “I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.”

Indeed, we need to think of how God was faithful to his church in this region in the last 2000 years.  Just as the blood of the martyrs became the seeds of many churches throughout this region, we trust that this current turmoil will turn into something good.  We don’t understand now, but one day we or the next generation will.

We don’t have any way to heal the situation, except by prayer.  One of the good outcomes of this very difficult time for Christians in the Middle East is that last week all churches in Egypt gathered together in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral to pray.  This was a very special time and we felt united in Christ through prayer.  We prayed for our fellow Christians and Muslims throughout the region, and we remembered what King Jehoshaphat said in 2 Chronicles 20: “For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  We also remembered the words of St. Peter “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4).

Do pray for peace in our region and grace for us.

Bishop Mouneer

Refugees in Gambella

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I spent 10 days in Gambella (in the west of Ethiopia) in April. Since the war broke out in neighbouring South Sudan, 150 000 new refugees have arrived and the number could rise to up to 300 000 by the end of this year. The total population of Gambella before the conflict was 380 000 so this is a huge strain on the already scarce resources of this region.

As many of the refugees are from Anglican churches, we have new congregations in the camps. I joined Bishop Grant and Wendy to visit Akula refugee camp. As we entered in a landrover, I felt like an outsider – viewing poverty from behind a glass window. But as I joined the church service, I became a member of God’s family worshipping together. ‘Church’ was a large tree around where 3000 Christians from many denominations were gathered. The camp, then only one month old, already sheltered 33 000, with more arriving daily.

Glimpses of the stories and thoughts of those who have fled here for shelter:

“My sister died on the way. Her children were suffering from dehydration so they were brought here for medical care without being registered. Now they are with me, but they are not registered, so I cannot get food ration cards for them. Pray that I can get rations to feed them”

“My husband Jacob has been missing since December 15th. I can get no news. I pray to know if he is alive or dead.”

“We should not be surprised at the calamity which has fallen upon us. It says in the Bible that these things can happen. But be encouraged, for nothing, not even this, can separate us from the love of God.”

“It was quarreling that brought us here. We must forsake quarreling.”

“Let us greet one another, and when Jesus comes, we will all love one an-other.” “Let us kneel together before our Jesus”

Bishop Grant was invited to preach: “Jesus hates suffering and death. He wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus. A couple of weeks later, he gave him-self to die on the cross and to rise again, de-feating suffering and death. Because Jesus rose from the dead we know that one day there will be no death, there will be no suffering – God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. And on that day people from every tribe will be together around the throne – white people and Chinese and Arab and Nuer and Anuak and Dinka and Murle – so we should get used to being together now!”

Many of our partners have given generously to the newly arrived refugees, and spoken out about the situation which is lost in the world news. See this video for more info about the situation in Gambella and South Sudan: anglicanaid.net/south-sudan-appeal

Weaving together Kiwis and Kenyans – part a (Issue 20)

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New Zealand once sent more missionaries per capita than almost any other country. The work of faithful Kiwi missionaries (along with the work of the Holy Spirit!) has seen dramatic results in many nations around the world, including Kenya. Today over 80 percent of Kenyans identify with the Christian faith. Kenyan Christians believe it’s time for New Zealand to experience for themselves the fruit from this incredible harvest. They believe it’s time they ‘return the favour’ of the Kiwis who preached the gospel to them by bringing that same message to Aotearoa this year as we celebrate the gospel’s arrival on these shores.

The first team of twelve Kenyan evangelists spent two weeks in Dunedin in April. They shared the good news of Jesus in churches, community groups, sports games, cafes, the farmers market, the Octagon, malls. They preached, conversed, listened and simply ‘hung out.’ They performed African dance and music, sharing their culture as they sought to learn about ours. Some even joined the Bishop Kelvin’s hikoi round Southland.

What were the results? Already our efforts have borne more fruit than we could have anticipated. I’ll highlight a few here. One of the team members had the chance to pray with many people going through challenging issues. A school was open for a Bible in Schools programme to be started. The media shared about the Kenyan missionaries in a positive way, drawing attention to the power of the gospel. Someone received divine healing after being prayer for. Church leaders realised that believers were experiencing a new found confidence in the gospel and boldness in their witness. People accepted Jesus as Lord for the first time. Churches worked together to provide great hospitality and plan events, and there was a new unity. And one of the golden oldies went to share the gospel with a Kenyan evangelist. She was so impressed with how natural sharing her faith was that she asked herself “Why don’t I share the gospel like this every day?”

As I spent time meeting with Dunedin pastors to debrief the team’s visit I was encouraged to hear that this was just the beginning – plans are being formed to further empower the Dunedin churches in their gospel witness.

One key lesson we learned from this first Kenyan team is that the harvest is indeed plentiful. If we would just make more of an effort to engage we would discover an abundance of ordinary Kiwis who are open to talking about our glorious Lord and Saviour, Jesus!

Why not have a go at sharing your faith with a neighbour or work colleague during this month?

 

Originally published in Intermission (July-August 2014).