It has been my privilege to spend about a month in New Zealand teaching students the Bible and training them to be church leaders. This has been a special ministry for me for about twenty years.
The training school where I teach is in Tauranga, New Zealand. There are students from all over the South Pacific, Australia and Asia. This year we had students from New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Pakistan and Fiji. These students will go back to their homeland and culture and be lights for Christ in their own neighborhoods and communities. We believe that this is the best way to do world evangelism.
While in New Zealand I get to work with several former students and I was able to preach every Sunday I was there. The Lord’s Church has struggled in the South Pacific but is beginning to make progress. There as several church plants and more will become a reality as our students get going in their communities. Most of the churches in Fiji and New Zealand are now led by our students.
On another topic we are about ready to knock every door in Burns. Our campaign begins June 10th. Campaigners will begin arriving on Wednesday night and the door knocking will begin on Thursday. Glen Buffington is in charge of all organizational matters. He has worked to get ready and many of you are on his team. This effort will require that all of us “give of our best to the Master”. From food to washing baptismal garments to cleaning the building to greeting new members, much is to be done. See Glen if you have not already volunteered.
Thanks to Matthew who preached in my absence. There was not a beat missed when I was gone. We are much blessed by having Matthew and Leslie on our team.
This weekend is our “couples’ retreat” at Joe Wheeler State Park in North Alabama. Jeff and Pam have planned a great retreat and all who attend will be blessed. We will be down in our attendance with so many gone. Sit close and sing as loud as you can.