h2h katie2-585x497What a huge encouragement it was to be part of the Women in Missions Committee hosting our annual conference day on 2 November at Good News Bible Chapel, Havelock North. Our day kicked off with two enthusiastic, passionate young women who have given up their careers – one an International consultant, another an Aircraft Engineer – to spend their time and
lives sharing the Gospel of Christ to younger people in particular through Surf Missions at Mount Maunganui to Children's Ministries Canada. Christian surf camps – what a neat way to reach young people on the beaches of NZ and around the world.

 

We heard from three young women from the Onekawa Bible Church that had just returned from a short term mission trip to
the Philippines where over 85,000 gospel tracts had been handed out by the team of thirteen over a ten day period. The poverty was unimaginable, the children's orphanages they visited were challenging but all three women said their experience had been character building and life changing.

NZ missionaries back on "home assignment" shared their hearts and stories of the truly challenging experiences of being involved in missions in Africa. In Nigeria there is a group terrorising and killing ex-pats, teachers and missionaries, of which one missionary fi tted into all three categories and had recently returned home for the safety of their family. In Zambia there
were also many challenges working long term (fi fteen years) in a different culture.

We were reminded of God's wonderful creation as we heard from a missionary working with Celebrate Messiah amongst
Israeli tourists in the South Island. The tourists are all totally amazed at the breathtaking scenery of the South Island and this
gives a great opportunity for starting discussions on creation and our Great God!

NZ needs a revival!!! We were reminded of the great need for sharing the Gospel and Christ here – there are many in need of
a Saviour in our own country. Women supporting their husbands in NZ with work involved through MMM and the encouragement of North Island rural churches. A challenge was given – as wives, we have a huge responsibility – often we are the "handbrake" to missions by not following and supporting our husbands with what the Lord has called them to do. WOW!

Lastly we were encouraged by the opportunities and experiences encountered in short term mission trips to PNG, Philippines and Cambodia and how crucial missionaries and teams need thorough "debrief" on return.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4: 10-11

During the day we interacted and enjoyed great fellowship over morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with over 100 women. It was exciting to see women, both young and old, interested in being part of a day where God's goodness and provision were evident to all through the exciting, traumatic and challenging stories that were shared and heard.

It was such a blessing to have hosted the day and be reminded how missions will take you from what is comfortable, beyond
natural provision and beyond natural ability to TOTAL reliance and dependence on God. God's plan and God's time is NOT ALWAYS our plan or our time but God is Sovereign ....

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8 vs 28

We had visitors for the day from Gisborne, Dannevirke and Christchurch – that was awesome!!

Mark your calendar now – Saturday 1 November 2014 – we would love you to join us.

Sherrilyn Grainger and Maria Wharrie

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