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HIS-STORY

Everyone of us has a story, a testimony. I was brought up in a non Christian home, my parents wanted me to go to Church, so I went with my friends family. It wasn't until my early teens, that I went to the Salvation Army, I got involved in the Youth Group and Bible Study. That's where I met Jill, the officer's daughter, to be honest, I'd said the salvation prayer but wasn't living it, even though I took on roles in the Church.

 

We got married and God began on me, I was in charge of the youth and organized a retreat. Well, that was it, I was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, which I didn't know anything about. To say I was changed is an understatement. We began to see young people, filled with the Holy Spirit at our prayer meetings. To say literally all hell broke loose however the Officer (Pastor) fortunately was Spirit-filled and a very wise man.

 

We had 2 children Jeremy and Janita, feeling called we followed Gods leading and headed up north. We stayed to awaken the local Corp (Salvation Army term for Church) to the things of the Spirit before being asked to look after a small Corp for 8 months. You need to know we'd only taken youth groups and studies up to this point, so in the deep end we went.  Well who knows times of testing produce character and prepares you for your future, that sums up our time there.

 

Heading back home to Christchurch I got involved in a work scheme, helping the unemployed before being called as a Baptist Youth Pastor. This was followed by an associate role in Auckland where we oversaw the Youth Ministry, but being in ministry can be a camoflogue to hide what's happening deep within you, though we were seeing amazing things happen. Back again in Christchurch, I attended Bible School where God called us, to plant a Church. Which to be honest was very successful, only because it was birthed in prayer and by the Holy Spirit. Success doesn't make a man, God does.

 

Being involved in Church planting throughout New Zealand and India doesn't mean anything, unless we are totally His, you see I fell from grace, but God never left me, people did, God had to deal with issues in my life. You see it's so true, that we need to get out of our situation before we see our inabilities, our sins, and issues that have bound us for years. So it was wilderness time, having lost my marriage, my esteem, and my dignity.

 

To be honest that wasn't my undoing but the opposite, it made me who I am today. Over many years God has been restoring me and preparing me for the now. I am a different person, I understand the things of God clearer, I have an amazing wife, and have seen both my parents come to Jesus. That's grace when we don't deserve it, He promised me (Joel 2:25) That the years, the locusts have been eaten, they will be restored. All glory, honor, and praise goes to Him for this is a new beginning.

 

After marrying Viv, we spent years in Australia where we saw the evidence of man's glory (pride) and man's greed (money) having been involved in the Church there. We returned to New Zealand to be with family and to get back into fellowship with His people, He hasn't fulfilled His calling on our lives as He is preparing us. In fact, as we are close to retirement (refirement) we are longing to see more of Him in and through our lives, than ever before. The difference today I'm a nobody (no credentials) I just want to be His vessel to bring Him Honor, and glory to His Name in our Nation and wherever He leads us.   

Our Purpose

It would be so easy to become a pew sitter and just go along with what is happening in the Church. You see I can't because my hunger for God doesn't allow me to settle for second best I will not compromise His calling on my life, for anything I will not fear what man can do to me I stand in awe and fear of our Living God. To serve Him for the rest of my days. My desire is for Him and Him alone. Whatever our future is, I believe we are in a time of three things 1) persecution, 2) a great harvest, 3) the greatest move of God ever (note the order is up to God) We are in the most exciting, yet challenging and powerful time in history, But I feel its preparation time for Church (Joel 3:13, Matthew 5:6; 9:35-38, Exodus 15:11, Psalm 2:11; 33:8, Acts 2:43) 

Our

Commission

We are commissioned to reach the world for Jesus Christ, I believe this will happen when His people, 1) Humble themselves, 2) Pray, 3) Seek His face, 4) Turn (repent) from their evil ways (2 Chronicles 7:14) Judgement begins in the house of God (1 Peter 4:17) you see God deals with His Church before He can deal with the lost. Let's test that, ask the non-christian why they aren't interested in God? When the world sees the Glory of God, they will bow before Him. How does His Glory come? when the Church repents of its sin - gossip, worldliness, pride, lust, pettiness, judgemental attitude, selfishness, busyness, unbelief, complacency, compromise, racism, lack courage, lack discipline, prayerlessness, impurity, religious spirit, etc Church it's time we repented of the sins of His Church and of our Nations ungodly choices. Then and only then will we see His Kingdom come onto earth.  

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