When we wrote our last update in October, we had just finalised our new church plant partnership and had found a new house to rent. Now, a few months later we have moved in, furnished our new home (our previous places have been furnished), and are now starting to feel settled in our new neighbourhood.
We have also begun to contribute to the ministries in both the mother church and the church plant. Along with attending the regular weekly meetings we have been mostly focused on getting to know who everyone is, and have started to visit or meet with different people as the opportunity arises. In particular we have been getting to know the young couple we are working with in the church plant, and Murray has begun doing a Bible study with them each week in preparation for them to do the same with others in the future.
We are particularly enjoying having people come to our home for meals, which is something that we have not done much of in the past few years. Over the Christmas weekend it was a joy to have nearly 20 people sitting around our table at different times.
Meet the team
Erion and Gena lead the mother church. Gena is kept busy with their six year old son Abi, and three week old daughter Lois. Erion is bivocational and gets his income by working full time for the Prison Ministry, and as a consequence many of the members of the church are either former in-mates, or have family members in prison. Erion is also a gifted musician – you can listen to his latest song using the words from Romans 11:33-36 here.
Elton and Mariana lead the church plant. Elton is a ‘jack of all trades’ and it looks like he’s just found a good job. His role in the church is voluntary. Mariana has nearly completed her Social Work degree and is praying for work where she can use her new qualifications. Their daughter Ema is two years old.
Féy arrived in Wellington in perfect time just hours after the arrival of baby Ambrose, our latest grandchild. She will be with them for the next few weeks. We are so delighted to have a new grandson!