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EmpoweredEmbrassingtheGlobalPicturePastorSteveBatten10QandAWithPastorLizBrandonandPastorPaulWhite14LiftupYourEyesPastorPhilPringleC3ChurchAustralia22LiftupYourEyesTheonlythingworsethanbeingblindishavingsightbutnovisionSIGNPOSTSGodskingdomisakingdomoffaith.Itisnotofthisworldandweneedspiritualeyestoperceiveit.ChaplancyPastorLloydSalmonPg28Edition3September2014MissionaryNewsFromOMFacilitatorPatLambornRobinAimValerieBateupandPastorSamandCarolSoukottaGeneralSuperintendentPastorIliafiEsera-Pg04PastorPhilPringleC3ChurchAustralia-Pg22 DISCLAIMERTheviewsexpressedwithinanyarticleoradvertisementcontainedwithinthismagazinearetheopinionofthecontributorandmaynotnecessarilyreflectviewsoropinionsheldbyalltheAGMovementtheNationalExecutiveorNationalOfficestaffasawhole.CONTENTS7ThePowerofContinualVisionPastorTerryBradley8TheCallPastorPatLambornVisitourblogandcommentourarticlesAGNZ.ORG4ThePowerofVisionPastorIliafiEsera10EmbracingtheGlobalPicturePastorSteveBatten14QAPastorLizBrandon15QAPastorPaulWhite12MissionChristianCentreOpeningCelebrationPastorVJPatel16AnAfternoonwithPastorHelenMcGhieNaomiOlive18ThePowerofVisionPastorGrahamDavison13NorthlandAppealPastorShaunFoster21MynameisLegionPastorRobertConradi22LiftupYourEyesPastorPhilPringle34ThePowerofVisionPastorPipBatten26LetitiaSheltononFightingforourDaughtersNaomiOlive27ExtraordinaryWomensConferenceWellingtonNaomiOlive30PartneringinPrayerPastorPatLamborn31GodsVisionGodsProvisionPastorRobinAim32JesussaidIwillbewithyoualwaysPastorValerieBateup34ThePowerofVisionMountHopewasbornPastorSamCarolSoukotta28SignpostsPastorLloydSalmonSUPERINTENDENTEXECUTIVEWOMENSCHAPLAINCYMISSIONSQAINSIGHT 3WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZShonaSorensenEditorinchiefEDITORSNOTEACKNOWLEDGEMENTSWritethevisionandmakeitplainupontabletsthathemayrunthatreadethit.-Habakkuk22KJVADreamList-WhyNotManytimesIhavebeenencouragedtowritedownmygoalsanddreamsbothpersonalandprofessional.Itisinterestingtoreviewthosegoalsanddreamsseveralyearslaterandevaluatethelist.Somemaybeaccomplishedandothersmaynolongerbeimportanttoyou.Writethevisionandmakeitplainupontabletsthathemayrunthatreadethit.Habakkuk22KJVWritingdownyourgoalsanddreams-whetherpersonalorprofessional-isagreattoolforkeepingtheminfrontofyou.AstimepassesitsaCollectorMarketerPastorMinaAcramanProofReadersPastorIanClarkMarketingDirectorAbbyKingi021313310abbylampstudios.co.nzGraphicDesignerCalebKingi0226790366caleblampstudios.co.nzgreatencouragement.Whenyouaregoingthroughtimeslikeyoufeelyouaregoingnowhereyourlistcanremindyouofeverythingthatyouveaccomplished.Godistheauthorandfinisherofyourlife.ForIknowtheplansIhaveforyoudeclarestheLordplanstoprosperyouandnottoharmyouplanstogiveyouhopeandafutureJeremiah2911NIV.Godknowsthefutureprovidesouragendaandgoeswithusaswefulfilhismission.WecanhaveboundlesshopeinHim.Maybetodayisagooddaytoreviewyourdreamlist...........BlessingsandhugsAssembliesofGodinNewZealandEastsideEstateBuilding215AccentDriveEastTamakiAuckland2013POBox76466ManukauCityAuckland2241NewZealandPhone6492650063Fax6492650171Emailnatsecagnz.org.nzWebsitewww.agnz.org 4AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEThishumanabilitytoimagineadesirablefutureleadstotheformationofthevisionplansandstrategiesarethenmadetobringvisiontopass.ThedrivetofulfilvisionhasdottedtheearthwithcountlessmonumentslikethegreatpyramidswhichwerebuiltformanshonouralongthemightyRiverNiletheancientGreatWallofChinathatstretcheseasttowestfor8850kmandtheSuezCanalmeasuring193kmthatwasdugforpoliticalandfinancialgain.Becauseofmansvisionarydriveandunboundedcuriositywearenowpushingtogobeyondwhatisalreadyknownbillionsofdollarsarebeingspenttolaunchspacecraftinordertoexplorethestars.ItisGodwhohasgiventhisabilitytomantoperceivethingsbeyondwhatcanbeseenbythenaturaleye.AuthorHelenKeller1880-1968commentsTheonlythingworsethanbeingblindishavingsightbutnovision.ThereisanironyinherwordsforHelenKellerwascompletelydeafandblindandyetbecameaprolificauthorcampaigningforwomenssuffrageandtherightsofworkers.GodhasgivenhumankindremarkableTHEPOWEROFVISIONMenandwomenachievethingsthroughthepowerofvision.Theyimaginesomethingthatcouldexistacrucialchangethatneedstohappenabettersocietyandthentheyformmentalpicturesofwhatthatfuturelookslike.PastorIlliafiEseraAGNZGeneralSuperintendentSeniorPastorFaithCityChurchWanganuiNZSUPERINTENDENT 5WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZTheonlythingworsethanbeingblindishavingsightbutnovision.naturalsightbutevenmoreamazinglypowerfulvisionarycapacitythatenablesustoplanandmouldanidealfuture.Sadlytheworldhasalsoexperiencedvisionsthatdidnotresultinthebettermentofmankind.KarlMarxwasavisionarywhoenvisagedaclasslesssocietywherehisformofsocialismwouldreshapetheworldforgood.Tragicallyacenturyafterhim100milliondeathscanbedirectlyattributedtohisvisionarythinkingMarxism.Todaytheglobalnewsconstantlyreportsthetragicdeathsoftensofthousandswhodieatthehandsofruthlessdeludedvisionaries.Thesemisguideddreamersseektheirownglorytheyarementhatarenotconnectedtoagodwhoisinanywaylovingandholy.Essentiallytheirbeliefscomefromdarkplacestheyaretutoredintheruthlessartsofoppressionandbloodshed.DespitethesewrongheadedvisionariesGodwithgreatkindnesshelpsallmankindinalimitedwaytoflourishinbuildingcivilizationsdevelopgreatsciencesandacquirevastamountsofknowledgeMatt545.Thankfullyoursocietiescontinuetobebuiltbymanynoblemindedvisionarieswhoseekthecommongoodandconsidertheinterestsofothers.AllgoodvisionisgiftedandinspiredbytheFatherofLightsJames117whoseunchangingvisionformankindsfuturebecomestheriverfromwhichwedrawinspiredthinkingstrategicinsightandthemeansbywhichweformlifelongvisiontoliveandworkforourawesomeGod.AsChristiansourvisionarycapacityneedstobeyieldedtotheguidanceoftheHolySpirit.TheApostleJameswarnsusofthefutilityofnotconsideringourfutureinthelightofwhatGodmaywantfromusJames413-15.ThisinstructiondoesnotlimitusratheritbringsusintotherealmofSpirit-filledlivingandintoabroadframeworkinwhichanythingispossibleSUPERINTENDENT 6AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEallthingsarepossibleforthosewhobelieveMatthew1926.UndertheshadowofGodspresenceandinfusedbytheHolySpiritsindwellingspiritualvisionenablesmenandwomentoseebeyondwhatisnaturalintoasupernaturalworld.Theresultingvisionsbreakthebarriersandlimitationsofthenaturaleyeandperceptionsofhumanunderstandings.Wereceivevisionarycapacitythatallowsustoseebeyondourabilitiesbeyondourresourcesbeyondoureducationbeyondourcultureandlimitednaturalsensoryperception.SohealthyvisionintheKingdomofGodisanoutcomeofrelationshipwithGod.ItisarelationshipinwhichGodtakesusintounchartedwaterswherewelearntoleanonHimandcomethroughboastingIcandoallthingsthroughChristwhostrengthensmePhilippians413.ItbecomesapartnershipoutofwhichwecanspeaktodeadbonesandcommandthemtoliveinJesussnamefromwhichweachievethingslikeNehemiahsrebuildingofthecrumbledwallsofJerusalemin52days.SpiritualvisionhoweverisnotthesoledomainofspiritualleadersitistheprivilegeofeveryoneinwhomtheHolySpiritdwellswecanalldreamandpursueadesiredfuture.ThechallengeistohaveGodlyvisionbirthedinrelationshipandpartnershipwithGodthisalonewillsustainusintheworkofItisarelationshipinwhichGodtakesusintounchartedwaterswherewelearntoleanonHimandcomethroughboastingIcandoallthingsthroughChristwhostrengthensme-Philippians413theKingdom.FromproverbialwisdomwereadWherethereisnorevelationpeoplecastoffrestraintbutblessedistheonewhoheedswisdomsinstruction.Proverbs298NIV.OnalighternoterelaxWaitontheLordandhewillhelpyouformvision.Godlyvisionwillnotbringusintofranticstrivinginourownstrength.WhilstweallwouldlikesupersharpvisionaryeyesliketheeagleweneedthegraceofGodtostopusrunningaroundlikeheadlesschickenswithnoideawhatishappening.IlikethesequotesWhenGodpredeterminedourdestinyHefactoredinourstupidity.Thereforetheresalwaysenoughtimetofinish.LarryRandolphSomepeoplespendhalftheirlivesworryingaboutwhatthewillofGodisforthemthentheotherhalfworryingaboutwhethertheyaregettingitright.Stopoverthinking-justgetoutandpreachthegospeltoanyonewhowilllisten.TLOsbornMaythegraceofGodrefreshyourholydesirestoserveHimandfillyourheartandmindwiththepoweroffreshvision.SUPERINTENDENT 7WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZWecanneverunderestimatethepowerofaconstantvisiontoleadusmorefullyintothekingdomandpurposesofGodItprovidesuswithanunflinchingcompassbearingdespitethecontinuallyshiftinglandscapearoundus.InIsaiahchapteroneverseoneweseejustsuchanexampleItdeclaresThevisionsingularconcerningJudahandIsraelthatIsaiahsonofAmozsawduringthereignsofUzziahJothamAhazandHezekiahkingsofJudah.ForwelloversixtyyearshisvisionremainedunchangedandheurgedJudahandIsraeltoturnbacktotheirGod.IsaiahcautionedpronounceddeclaredandprophesiedonbehalfofGodthatthenationwasnotonlyGodschosenpeoplebutthatintheirobediencetheywouldsurelybeblessedThevisionconsumedIsaiahallthelengthofhisministeringdaysDespitetheriseandfallofthekingsIsaiahwasstilltheLordsmouthpiecetoGodspeopleandthesurroundingnations.RevelationofthatsingularvisionIbelieveiswhatgivesfocustoourministryandleadershiptodayThatvisionbecomesourkeyreferencepointwherebywechoosetoglorifytheKingthroughallthatwedoallthatweareandasopportunitiespresentthemselvesthroughallthatwesayIhavebeenextremelyprivilegedtoleadJourneyChurchinTeKuitiandwehaveseenGodopenupincredibleopportunitiesforustobeHiswordbecomingflesh.HisfavourhasallowedustoembarkonseveralGovernmentfundedopportunitiestohelpmakeourcommunityabetterplaceOnesuchprojectistodriveanawarenesscampaignaboutcyber-bullying.WordscannotexpresshowGodinhisgoodnesshasgivenussuchfavourwithallofourschoolsandthegreatercommunityandhowmanydoorshavenotonlyopenedbutarestayingopenOurpassionistoseeourcommunitysetfreeofdestructivehabitspeoplebecomingthepeoplethattheywerecreatedtobe.ThevisionthatwecarryisthepossibilityofGodsloveflowingthroughusasHispeopleandthatthisloveandlifemightactuallyawakenthelosttoHisrealityIntheSermonontheMountJesussaiditlikethisMatthew516InthesamewayletyourlightshinebeforeothersthattheymayseeyourgooddeedsandglorifyyourFatherinheaven.FriendsthevisionwecarryisthatoftheLordreturningforHisbride.ThevisionisapersonapersonwalkinginthelikenessofChristasHisempoweredwitnessMaywetakeeveryopportunitytogiveitallthatwehaveandtobethatcityonahillTowinsoulsrequireswisdomittakestimeittakesfaithandittakespassionIfirmlybelievethatGodisgrantingbothcommunityandGovernmentalfavourtothelocalchurches.GodisgivingusbacktheplatformthatwelostsolongagoandifwearewillingtogiveGodourbestwalkandserveasDanieldemonstratedwhilstincaptivityHewillsurelykeepthatdoorofopportunityopenApowerfulvisioncentredonChristlikenesswillgiveustremendousfocusregardlessoftheseasonweatherorterrainAmen.THEPOWEROFACONTINUALVISIONPastorTerryBradleyExecutivePresbyterandOMFacilitatorSeniorPastorJourneyChurchTeKuitiNZEXECUTIVE 8AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEMargieandIwerepreparingtohandoverleadershipfromthechurchweledinTimarutoanoutstandingyoungcouplewhowerepartofourleadershipteam.Theyandtheteamwerereadyforanotherlevelofleadershipandaswegrowbestthroughresponsibilitywelearnbestbydoingitwastimetoletthemlead.AswebegantowaitontheLordforourownnextstepsthepersistentwhisperinmyheartwastoplantanewchurchinChristchurch.IresistedthatthoughtChristchurchAfterthemessoftheearthquakeAlmostallpublicbuildingsdamagedordestroyedRentandhousepricesastronomicalEveryoneembroiledininsuranceEQCandbuildingnightmaresNotmeChurchplantingIdneverplantedachurchbutasfarasIknewitwasntprettyFinancialstruggles.Scruffycoldrentedhalls.FindingajobwhenIvebeenapaidfull-timepastorfor21yearsGatheringpeoplesomehowDoingeverythingagainAdescentintoinsignificanceandwhatif..itfailedWhatthenNOwayChurchplantingIdontthinksoYoucanwrestlewithGodifyouwanttobutallyougetisalimpIrememberthedaywhenMargieandIhadtakenafewdaysawayinQueenstownaspartofoursummerholidays.WhilewalkingalongLakeWakatipuwewerediscussingwhatwehadfelttheLordwassayingasopposedtowhatwewantedAndwebothjustknewweweretogo.Nopropheciesnopromisesnosolutions.AsimplerequestWillyougoThereisreallyonlyoneanswerifJesusisLordYesLord.AndintothatsimpleobediencecameGodspresenceandjoy.AndavisionapicturethatIcanstillseeinmymindseye.IsawahallfilledwithfamilieshandsupworshippingGod.WithitcameasenseofthekindofchurchweweretoTHECALLIdontthinkanyonewasmoresurprisedthanmewhenthecallcame.WellyesweknewabigchangewascomingbutacalltoplantachurchPastorPatLambornExecutivePresbyterandOMFacilitatorSeniorPastorConnectChurchChristchurchNZEXECUTIVE 9WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZbe.WedidntknowwhereinChristchurchhowwewouldstartorevenexactlywhen.Wejustknewweweretogo.NearlyayearlaterafterthetransitiontonewleadershipMargieandIwenttoTurkeyaspartofamissionstrip.WhatanamazingtimewehadaswereadthroughtheBookofActsafreshknowingwewereabouttostartachurchandwalkingsomeofthesamestreetsastheApostlePaul.PergamumandEphesuswereespeciallypowerful.WebothcametoseethatchurchplantingwasntaboutmethodsandprogramsbutofobediencetotheleadingoftheHolySpirit.ItseemedtousthatPaulobeyedthecalltogoandthenfollowedtheSpirit.WellwecoulddothatIttooksomuchpressureoffusandwedecidedthatwecouldtrustHimtoguideusonthisnewventure.ImustadmitwefeltprettydumbwhenpeopleaskedusWhereinChristchurchwillyouplantyourchurchWebothcametoseethatchurchplantingwasntaboutmethodsandprogramsbutofobediencetotheleadingoftheHolySpirit.Wedontknow.WherewillyouliveWedontknow.WhatwillyoudotosupportyourselvesWedontknow.WedidntknowmuchButwedidknowwewerecalledtoChristchurchWhenthetimecameforustogowestartedlooking.Amazinglyinsideofaweekwehadaplacetoliveandajobforme.AndsowebeganandConnectChurchbeganinourhome.WewerejoinedbytwoyoungcouplesalreadyinChristchurchwhomonthsearlierhadcommittedtopartnerwithus.WebegantoplanprayandworshiptogetherandGodhasbeenwithus.Werenowinoursecondyear.WemeetinaschoolhallhaveKidschurchandrunsmallgroups.WhatwedoissimpleConnectGrowServe.WeworshiplearnandfellowshiponSundaysarediscipledinsmallgroupsfortnightlyandliveintentionallivesofservicetoourfamilieschurchandcommunity.Simple.Wecanhonestlysayweareenjoyingchurchmorethanweveeverdonebefore.OhyeswehaveourissuesbuttheLordhasgivenussuchaspiritofjoyandlibertyalongwithsomeamazingnewfriends.ChurchplantingseemedsofraughtwithchallengesbutithasturnedouttobemoreofanadventureEXECUTIVE 10AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEOurwidermovementrootsarefoundedonHolySpiritempoweredstoriessadlyoftenunknownandthereforeuntold.ItsatimeofanniversariesItsatimetorememberandgivethanksbutalsotocelebratethenowHistoryrecordsthat300hundredmenandwomengatheredonthe2ndApril1914atHotSpringsArkansasonthebrinkofthefirstworldwarwiththedistinctpurposeoffosteringunityconfirmingvisionanddirectionandabeliefthattheyhadasasingleunifiedmovementaGodgivenmandatetoleadthegreatestworkofevangelismtheworldhaseverseenempoweredbythepoweroftheHolySpiritTodayasaglobalmovementthesesamegoalsinspireover67millionbelieverswithanewAGchurchplantedsomewhereevery39minutesThatsabigpictureWehaveourownSouthPacificstoriesourownherosaspartofthelargerwholeWhileweasanAssembliesofGodmovementcelebratethisglobalmilestoneitisextraordinarythatthisistheyearwhenournationalsocelebratesthebicentenaryofthefirstgospelmessagepreachedonourshores.Thestoryofourownmovementisofmenandwomenwhohaveservedournationforthepast87years.ManyhavebeensentbeyondtheseshoreswiththemessageoftheempoweredcauseofChristSomehaveevengiventheirlivesforthiscauseOurconnectionwiththeWorldAssembliesofGodisfoundedongoodrelationshipsandtheseunitedgoals.SeveralofourpreviousGeneralEMBRACINGTHEGLOBALPICTUREEarlierthisMonthPsIliafiandPsFiaEserarepresentingtheAssembliesofGodinNewZealandtravelledtothe100thYearAnniversarycelebrationsandWorldAGCongressinSpringfieldMissouriintheUnitedStates.PastorSteveBattenSeniorPastorAssistantSuperintendantCityWestChurchNewPlymouthNZEXECUTIVEAGodgivenmandatetoleadthegreatestworkofevangelismtheworldhaseverseenempoweredbythepoweroftheHolySpirit 11WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZSuperintendentshavebeenelectedandservedontheWorldAssembliesofGodFellowshipExecutiveCouncilfortheAsiaPacificRegion.ItisthereforewithmuchpleasurethatwejoinPsGeorgeWoodChairmanoftheWorldExecutiveCouncilinofferingourwarmcongratulationstoPsIliafiforhiselectionatthisrecentgatheringtothispositionwhichhewillholdforthenextthreeyears.MaythefullnessofGodsgraceempowerhimashefulfilsthedutiesofthisresponsibleposition. 12AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEWearenotabigchurchnumericallybutwearegrowingandhaveabigGodwithbigplans.LiketheIsraelitespossessingthePromisedLandweknowthattherewillbemanybattlesaheadandwetrustinGodtohelpusfulfilourdestinyandmission.TogetherwiththeLordJesuswecanbringHislightintoaworldsufferinginmuchdarkness.OnSaturday17thMayMissionChristianCentrehosted140guestsinournewfacilityinAkateaRdGlendene.OurOpeningcelebrationincludedsongsdanceskitsamessageprayerandofcourseplentyoffood.After12yearsinarentedschoolhallinPtChevalierwemovedintothisbigbuildinginGlendene.Overthreemonthsweconvertedtheempty500sqmetrefactoryintoachurchfacilitygivingustheabilitytonowdomorethanjustthebasics.OurbudgetonlyallowedforabuildingofabouthalfthissizebuttheLordsmiraculoushandenabledustoleasesomethingfarbiggerthanweeverthoughtpossible.Throughdivineconnectionsoneafteranotherwebuilta10mstagewitha10mscreenandstageandLEDlighting.Mostofthelabourinvolvedwasgivenfreeofchargebytradesmenandhelperswhilethematerialssuchascarpettimberlightingetc.werepurchasedthroughsimplefundraisingideas.AswesoughtGodfordirectionandhelpthemiraclesanddivineconnectionsthatoccurredwereamazingtoexperience.WelookinwonderatwhattheLordhasdoneandwegivethankstoanawesomeGodwhoseplansforHiswholebodyarefargreaterthanwecouldimagine.WehaveapassionforthelostandthebrokenandwesensepropheticallythatwearetobeaBeaconofHopetothosearoundus.WealsohaveaspecialcalltothelandofIndiaandourmissionstripsandeffortsforthiswillcontinueovertheyearsahead.PastorVJPatelSeniorPastorMissionChristianCentreAucklandNZMISSIONCHRISTIANCENTREOPENINGCELEBRATIONWehaveapassionforthelostandthebrokenandwesensepropheticallythatwearetobeaBeaconofHopetothosearoundus.INSIGHT 13WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZPastorShaunFosterNorthlandRegionalOverseerSeniorPastorFrontlineChristianChurchNorthlandNZ.OnJuly12thand13thNorthlandwashitbyasignificantweathereventwhichbroughtgaleforcewindsandrecordbreakingrainfallacrosstheregion.IntheFarNorthhighwindsknockedoutpowersupplytoover11000homesacrosstheregionandfloodingcausedgreatdamage.IhadbeenprayingandaskingtheLordwhatitwasthatwecoulddotohelptheFarNorthinsomeway.Kerikerihadcomeoffrelativelylightlybutweknewitwasnotthecasejust20minutesaway.SignificantfloodingoccurredintheKawakawaMoerewavalleyclosingStateHighway1forhoursandcausingmanyhomesinMoerewatobeevacuated.MrShepherdwhohasfarmedinthevalleyfor51yearssaidthatthiswasthehighestfloodhehadeverseen.Ittookoveraweekforthefloodingtorecede.TheFarNorthDistrictCouncilCivilDefencechurchesandotheragencieshaveallrespondedquicklytohelppeopleinneed.TheCouncilhelpedpumpoutpeoplesseptictanksandgovernmentagencieswereonhandtoofferassistance.Churchgroupswereinvolvedwithhelpingpeoplemovetheirpossessionsoutoffloodedhomesandprovidingemergencyaccommodation.AslipatMaromakujustsouthofKawakawaclosedstateHighway1foraweekcausingmajorproblemsfortransportacrosstheregion.LengthydetourstooktrafficaroundtheaffectedareaswestthroughKaikoheandOpononiandeastthroughRuapekapekaacrosstoRussellandoverontheferrytoOpua.AtemporarybypasswasbuiltaroundthesliptoensuresuppliesandtrafficgotthroughStateHighway1totheFarNorth.WewereverygratefulfortheofferofsupportthroughChaplaincyNewZealand.PsPamRyanandPsLloydSalmonvisitedpartsoftheNorthprayingandencouragingthosetheywereabletomeetincludingonemanwholosteverythingwhenhisyachtsankduringthestormatOpua.WewouldliketothankthosewhoofferedtheirsupportNORTHLANDAPPEALthroughtheprovisionoffundsforfoodparcelsforthoseaffectedbythefloods.FrontlineChurchinKerikeriwasabletomobilisetheirpeopletobuypackanddeliver40foodboxesfortheKawakawachurchtodistribute.WithintwohoursofreceivingtheboxesJasonandJanRobertsmanagedtodistribute20ofthem.TheremainingboxesweregiventoachurchintheMoerewaareatodistributeamongthosewhowerehardesthitbytheflooding.PsHowieEdwardsfromMoerewatoldusthatPeopleweretouchedbytheconcernandpracticalsupportreceivedthroughthechurch.TheimpactofthegenerosityshownbythechurchhasgeneratedgoodcontactwiththelocalcommunityinMoerewa.WepraythatthewordsofthisscripturewillcometopassLetyourlightshinebeforeothersthattheymayseeyourgooddeedsandglorifyyourFatherinheaven.Matthew516INSIGHT 14AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEWaikatoPastorLizBrandonJourneyChurchTeKuitiQATellusaboutyourfamilyImarriedDavein1982andwehadbeenmarriedfor22yearswhenhediedverysoonafterbeingdiagnosedwithabraintumour.Thatsnineyearsagonow.TeKuitihasbeenhomeoverallthattime.IamsothankfulforthesustainingloveofGodmyfamilyandanabsolutelyawesomechurchfamilyandcommunity.IhavethreeveryspecialdaughterswhoareveryhappytoremindpeoplethatIamtheshortestinthefamilyandoneson-in-law.HowdidyouenduppastoringyourchurchImassistantpastoratJourneyChurchandIcouldsayitbeganwithbakingachocolatecake.Ivealwaysfeltagreatdesiretoseethatourchurchbecomesthebestthatitcanbeinourcommunityanddidwhateverneededtobedonetoserveinchurch.IwasencouragedtobecomeinvolvedwiththeyouthatchurchandfelttheonlywayIcouldbeginwastobakesomethingfortheirsupper-chocolatecake-thatledtoPsTerryaskingmetoleadtheyouthanditjustgrewfromthere.WhatdoyoulikebestaboutpastoringyourchurchBeingwithpeopledoinglifewiththemandseeingGodatwork.WhoisyourfavouriteinternationalspeakerandwhyTherearesomanygreatspeakersitshardtochoose.TonyCampolohastobeoneofthestandoutonesforme.Ilovehowhethinksoutsidetheboxandengageswithpeoplesowell.Ialwaysfeelinspiredandchallengedbyhim.WhatdrivesyouinministryTheressomethinginmethatcompelsmetokeepgoingnotgiveupandencouragepeopleontheirjourney.TheresnothingelseIdratherdo.HowdoyoufillupyourtankAgoodcoffee.IdontknowifIshouldadmittothat.Readingandtimeonmyownenjoyingtheworldaroundmeandfamilywouldbemymainways.WhatsyourfavouritemealOhdearthatshardCouldIjustsayfood.Ilovetocookandeatallsortsoffood.Ihavesomegreatrecipebooks.IfyouwereavegetablewhatwouldyoubeMmmm.CanonlyputdowntheoneIeatthemostofbroccoli.FavouritebookWellthatsagiven.TheBiblebutifyoureaskingaboutotherbooksIdsayautobiographiesJohnGrishamandsoon.VegemiteorMarmiteVegemiteofcourse.FacebookTwitterorInstagramFacebookQA 15WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZWelingtonTellusaboutyourfamilyMybeautifulwifeMelanieandIliveinLevinwithourthreechildrenElla14Noah10andAhryn7.MelaniegrewuphereintheHorowhenuaandIjoinedherafterleavingAucklandtoworkatForestLakesChristianCamp.MelanieistheheadteacheratOtakiMontessoripreschoolandourboysattendagreatcountryschooljustdowntheroad.HowdidyouenduppastoringyourchurchAfterfiveyearsofleadinggrowingandpastoringouryouthandtheministryMelanieandIhadafeelinginourspiritthat2010wastobeourlastyearofleadingyouthhereinLevin.Withthiswebegantoprayplanandpreparetheteamforourtransition.LittledidweknowthatthischangewasnotonlyforusbutalsoforthechurchhereinLevin.SowewereaskedtotakeovertheseniorroleasLeadPastorin2011steppingfromyouthintotheseniorleaderrole.WhatdoyoulikebestaboutpastoringyourchurchSeeingourpeoplebothgrowingandsteppingintowhoGodhascalledustobeasachurchwouldhavetobethemostencouragingknowingthatallhaveaparttoplayinfulfillingourmissionandseeingrealpeoplerisetothatchallenge.RadiatingChristconnectingwithcommunityandgrowingdisciplesisthebest.ItsaboutrealpeoplelovingarealGodLevinLifeandbuildinghischurchtogether.WhoisyourfavouriteinternationalspeakerandwhyIamnotsurethatIhaveafavouriteasthelistIlistentoisslowlygrowing.ButrightnowitwouldhavetobeBillJohnson.WhatdrivesyouinministryItwouldhavetobeseeingpeoplegetitWhensomeonenotonlyencountersthepowerandrealityofGodhisHolySpiritbutthenalsobeginstowalkandliveinthatpowerrevelationandfreedomthatsthedriverHowdoyoufillyourtankMultipleways.Adayoutwiththefamilyreadingarunawalkorbestofallagoodmountainbikerideupanddownthehillsbehindourtown.WhatsyourfavouritemealAnythingifitssittingaroundthetablewithmyfamily.IfyouwereavegetablewhatyoubeMelanietellsmethatIwouldhavetobeacucumbercoolandskinny.HerwordsFavouritebookNotsurethatIhaveafavouritebookbesidesmyBible.ButoneofthemostinfluentialbooksthatIhavereadwouldhavetobeSecretsofSuperAchieversbyPhilipBaker.Readingitmanyyearsagoitkick-startedmetopursueGodscalluponmylifeandministry.VegemiteorMarmiteMarmitealltheway.ImakiwikidsoIputitonthickwithlotsofbutteronhottoastFacebookTwitterorInstagramYeswearebothonFBandInstagramnotthatIpostlikeorcommentmuch.PastorPaulWhiteLevinLifeWellingtonQAQA 16AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEHelencanyougivemeabitofyoursandJohnsbackgroundWegrewupinUpperHuttandwenttotheboysandgirlsralliesthatwererunatthetime.Iwasconvertedthroughtheralliesasa12yearold.JohnandIbothendedupattendingtheNaenaeGospelHallandbegangoingoutinmySchoolCertificateyear.IrememberaChorusfromthattimeKeepmetrueLordandlikeHebrews121saysHetrulyhasbeentheauthorandfinisherofmyfaith.Hehasalwaysremainedfaithful.YoubothhavequitealegacybehindyouhowmanychildrendoyouhaveWehavefivechildren13grandchildrenand7greatgrandchildren.OurchildrenalltalkabouttheirfaithandsomeareveryinvolvedinChurchlife.Wearebothpassionateaboutfamilyandlovespendingtimewiththem.HowdoyouliketospendtimewithGodThisgesturingtothesweepingviewofWellingtonHarbourfromtheloungewindowsiswhereIlovetositmeditateandreflect.RatherthanamonologueitsadialogueprayingintheSpirit.Iliketogetholdofawordandpercolate.Ivefoundthatbeforesharinganythingwithothersitfirstneedstobeappliedinmyownlife.WhatbigchangehaveyouseenovertheyearsandhowdidthataffectyouBiggestoneIcanthinkofisthemovefromlegalisticpracticestototalfreedom.JohnandIcameoutoftheBrethrenchurchwhenwereceivedtheBaptismoftheHolySpirit.Itmadeitdifficulttostay.IthinkoftenofthecloudGodsSpiritthatmovesandnotenoughpeoplemovewithit.YouhavebothspentthemajorityofyourlivestogetherwhathasmadeyourmarriagelastWehavebeenmarried55yearsThebiggestthinghasbeenourfaithinGodsgrace.Johnhasbeenahugesupporttomyministry.HehasanunshakeablefaiththathasremainedsteadyandsureevenwhenIvehadupsanddowns.WeenjoygoingoutfordinnertogetherJohnisarealfoodieandalsogettingourfamilytogetheroverameal.IshouldalsosaywehavelearnttolookbackandlaughNaomiOliveAninterviewwithPastorHelenMcGhieANAFTERNOONWITHPASTORHELENMcGHIEIwashonouredtospendanafternoonwithHelenastalwartofthefaithinChristandalthoughitwasforthepurposeofthisarticleIfeltIcameawayenrichedhavinggleanedsomuchfromthishumbleyetamazingwoman.Hereisasnippetofwhatwechattedabout.TherearemanyvoicesaroundusbutweneedtohearthevoiceoftheShepherdaboveallothers.INSIGHT 17WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZatourselves.Situationstrialsandtimeswethoughtwerentgreatwecannowlookbackonandsmileatthepromisethatourfaithhasbeenenrichedbyeverydifficulty.WhathaskeptyougoingthroughtheyearsinministryDoyouhaveanyadviceforthosegoingintoorfairlynewinministryListeningtothevoiceoftheShepherd.TherearemanyvoicesaroundusbutweneedtohearthevoiceoftheShepherdaboveallothers.TheverseMysheephearmyvoiceJohn1027ringstrue.DiscernmentinknowingtheShepherdsvoicetakespracticecheckoutwhatyouhearagainsttheWordofGodandbackthingsupwithscripture.AsweknowretirementisntanoptioninKingdombuildingandyouarestillveryinvolvedinvariousministries.WhatdotheseconsistofnowIseemyselfassomeonewhocanencourageothersthegenerationscomingthroughintheLordandinministry.IampassionateaboutchaplaincyandamstillinvolvedintheLifeWalkTrust.IamalsoahospitalchaplaincyLocum.JohnandIarebothreallycommittedtohospitalityinthehomerentingoutshort-termaccommodation.InbeingastalwartofthefaithwhatisonethingyouwouldsaytoayoungergenerationaboutwalkingstrongintheLordDesireearnestlythegifts.Notnecessarilyoperatingstraightawaybuttoreallylearnit.Forexampleifyouknowyouhaveapropheticgiftingholditinyourheartandwaitforittobeconfirmedasotherpeoplebringthesamewordsothatitconfirmsthatyouareindeeddevelopingitintherightway.ItcomesdowntolearningtohearHisvoice.Completethissentence.Tohavegreatvisionyou...HavetopractiseseeingthingsasGodseesthem.IthinkofwhenJesushealedtheblindmanandaskedWhatdoyouseeandherepliedIseemenastreesbutittookthesecondtouchfromJesusforthemantoseemenasJesussawthem.Wecanlearnalotfromthat.ImnotsomuchofavisionaryIliketohearvisionandworkwithotherstobringitintobeing.CanyoushareatestimonyofwhenyouveseenavisionoutworkedinyourlivesIhadavisionofmyselfspeakingtowomenfromthepulpitandIbrusheditoff.ButaweeklaterthisvisionwasconfirmedwhenIwasapproachedtoteachwomenatadayschool.ThiseventuallyledtomyordinationandthenontomydegreeincounsellingasIwantedtousetheexperienceIhadgainedinthesecularsoIneededtomakeitofficial.IwasoneofthefirstwomentobeordainedbuthavealwayslookedatitlikeIwasordainedforministrynotbecauseIwasawoman.ThatvisionfromtheLordsetmeonatrajectoryIcouldnthaveplanned.Iknowforafactyouhaveafabuloussenseofhumour.CanyoushareafavouritejokewithusDidyouwakeupgrumpythismorningNoIlethimsleep.ThankyousomuchforyourtimeHelenmayyouandJohnbeblessedwithmanymorewonderfulyearstogetherinspiringandencouragingtheyoungergenerations.Ivefoundthatbeforesharinganythingwithothersitfirstneedstobeappliedinmyownlife.INSIGHT INSIGHTPastorGrahamDavisonSeniorPastorGraceInternationalAucklandNZTHEPOWEROFVISIONCurrentlyservingastheSeniorMinisterofGraceInternationalwhichhepioneeredwithhiswifeGlendaandtwoothersin1997.Hehastwomarriedchildrenandthreegrandchildren.HissonMatthewservesonstaffwithhimasapastoratGraceInternational.GrahamwasaMissionaryforseveralyearsinSolomonIslandswherehepioneeredaBibleCollegeatAukiontheislandofMalaita.HereturnedtoNewZealandandbeganvisiting75churchesovertwoyearsmainlydoingMissionsMobilisationwork.HehaspioneeredotherchurchesincludingWaihekeIslandandOtahuhuandwithhischurchhasministrypartnershipsin20nations.Grahamhas36yearsofministryexperienceasapastormissionaryBibleSchoolprincipalitinerantministryandfounderoftwocharitabletrustsincludingthecurrentonehechairsinGlenInnesTeHuruhiTrustwhichdeliversanumberofsocialandrecreationalservicestothepeopleofeastAuckland.HehasservedovertheyearswiththeAGNZinvariouscapacitiesontheExecutivePresbyteryregionalandethnicliaisonandtheMissionsCouncil.VisionLikeanEagleThemostwellknownverseonVISIONisverypowerful.Proverbs2918saysthatwithoutaprogressivevisionwedwellcarelesslyorcastoffrestraint.Visioncausesustobedisciplinedandwakeupwithasenseofpurposeeverymorninghelpinguskeepontracklikearailwaylocomotiveinsteadofhavingnorestraintsdwellingcarelesslywithlittleeffectivenessinourlives.ItneedstobePROGRESSIVEtokeepassessingfeedingdevelopingitandallowingtheHolySpirittobreakanysupposedlimitations.TheeagleisasymbolofJesusinJohnsGospelEzekiel110Revelation47whereHisdeityisemphasisedasonewholivedclosetotheFatherintheheavenlyrealmsbutwhoalsooperatedpowerfullyintheearthlyrealm. 19WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZINSIGHTTheeaglehasamazingGodgivenVISION.Hehasthreesetsofeyelidssothathecancloseoneortwoandlookintothesun.WeneedtoseeGodtoobtainVision.Theeaglecanseeasmallmousefromfarawayanditseyesightiscomparabletoapersonbeingabletoseeanantonthefootpathfromthetopofa10storybuildingAnillustrationthatisdeartoourheartsasaRugbylovingnationisthattheEagleseyesightissoamazingitcanreadthepagesofabookifitcouldreadofsomeonesittingontheothersideofthefieldintheoppositestandatEdenParkortheCakeTinetcWOWGod-givensightseesfurtherTheystartwithBIGSTICKSfirst.WhataretheBIGSTICKSinyourvisiontobuildsomethingwithGodthanthenaturalthanpresentcircumstances.Theeagleseescolourfivetimesbetterthanwedo.WhatcoloursareyouseeingTheEaglehasaGod-givenvisiontobuildanestasperthehouseofGod.Hewantsastrongsafeplaceforhisfamily.Theeaglematesforlifeandtogetherapairofeaglesgathersstickstobuildalargenestthatinsomecasescanbethreemetresacrossweightwotonnesandallowtwofullygrown100kgmentowalkaroundinitHaveabigvision.Eaglesbuildtheirnestinasafeplacehighupamountainonaledgeorinatreethisspeaksofavisionwherewebuildwithheavenlyperspectiveandvalues.BuildwithGodsdesign-ACCORDINGTOTHEPATTERNGodshowsyouonthemountainExodus25401Corinthians310.TheystartwithBIGSTICKSfirst.WhataretheBIGSTICKSinyourvisiontobuildsomethingwithGodHerearesomeBIGSTICKSthatweneedforlongtermvisionthatimpactsothersandbuildstheChurchandtheKingdomofGodStrongrelationshipwithJesus-investinginaclosewalkStrongMarriageandFamily-lovingandstrengtheningyourspouseandchildrenKeepingtheGreatCommissioncentral-locallyandoverseas-GomakedisciplesStrongpersonalfinancialliteracy-handlingourfinanceswithintegrityandgenerosityChristlikeCharacter-growinginthefruitoftheSpiritStrongfaith-believingGodswordknowingHischaracterBuildingwithGodswordanddirectionBeingSpiritfilled-ongoing WhenwesufferstormsinourlivesdisappointmentsdamagehurtsletdownsourownmistakesandfailuresDONTGIVEUPONYOURVISIONnotbymightnorbypowerbutbyMySpiritsaystheLordOncethemainstructureofthenestiscompletetheeagleaddssmallersticksandeventuallyleavesordowntomakeitcomfortable.ToomanyChristianstrytomakethingscomfortablebeforeputtingtheBIGSTICKSinplace.Fluffystuffgetsblownawayinthestormsoflifeandministry.WhenastormdoescomeanddamagestheeaglesnestguesswhatTheysimplyrebuildanddontabandonthenest.WhenwesufferstormsinourlivesdisappointmentsdamagehurtsletdownsourownmistakesandfailuresDONTGIVEUPONYOURVISIONDonthaveapitypartythatnoonewantstoturnuptoanywayJustrebuildwithGodswordtheHolySpiritshelpandthesupportandinputofothers.ApropheticvisionintheBibledeclarestheGloryoftheLordwillcovertheearthasthewaterscovertheseaIsaiah119andHabakkuk214.AfuturerealityisthatpeoplefromeverynationwillgatherbeforethethroneofGodMatthew2414Revelation7910andapresentvisionisGomakedisciples.Youmighttryandtermthisstrategyormissionbutwithoutityourvisionwillnothaveimpact.ItisaBIGSTICK.BuildwiththisBIGSTICKaspartofyourvisionforyoucommunitytownorcity.TheeaglegetshishervisionfromGodsodowe.ItsINTERNALwithETERNALpotentialtoimpactmanyforGod.FivechurchesfourPentecostalandoneEvangelicalgaveuptheirvisionandclosedinGlenInnesjustbeforewebeganandweweretoldbyChristiansthatwewouldneverbuildachurchbeyond50people.ThatsadstatementhasthankfullyproventobefalseasweheldontothevisionGodgaveusandHiswordthatspokedeeplytousthatdespitethestormsIwillbuildMyChurchandthegatesstrategiesoftheenemyofHadeswillnotovercomeitMatthew1618.LetsbeEagleChristianswitheaglevisiontobuildsomethingofeternalvaluewithGodINSIGHT 21WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZOnMonday2ndOctober2013alegionofancestralMarapuspiritssweptintoaChristiansecondaryschoolinWaingapuSumbaIndonesiaandpossessed168schoolgirls.Thesegirlswereterrified.Theywentintotrancesandfainted.Someweretakentothelocalhospital.TwodayslatertheMarapuspiritsreturnedandpossessedafurther32girls.Theschoolauthoritieswereshockedandclosedtheschoolforaweek.IwasalsoshockedneverhavingheardofanythinglikethatexceptinMark59whereamultitudeofspiritsnamedLegionpossessedaherdofpigs.IhadjustarrivedinSumbainvitedtoholdaseriesofrevivalmeetingsinpreschoolcentersacrosstheisland.AlongwithnominalChristianityandtheeverencroachingIslam40ofthepopulationstillclunginworshipandfeartotheseancestralMarapuspirits.Thesespiritsfrequentlydemandedbloodsacrificesandevenhumansacrifice.Oneyoungmanconfidedinmethatthiswasinfactthepurposeofthespiritinvasionwithintheschool.TheywereaskingforahumansacrificeAswehadtravelledaroundtheIslandwehadseensomeMYNAMEISLEGIONremarkablehealingsanddeliverancesaspeopleturnedtoChristandrenouncedtheirancestralspirits.WesawepilepsyblindnessandnumbersofparalyzedallhealedinJesusname.Onewomanwashealedofblindnessafterseveraltimesofprayer.IwasfreshlyimpactedwiththepowerofthenameofJesus.Nowbacktothecrisisintheschool.Theschoolauthoritiesre-openedtheschoolwithadedicationservicethefollowingWednesdayandIwasinvitedasoneofthespeakers.ThreehundredteenagerssubsequentlygavetheirheartstoJesusthatmorning.TenmonthslaterinJuneof2014IrevisitedSumbawithSarahKennyandMaureenfromHopefortheNations.Eachonewasabletomakeagreatcontributionintheareasofwomenchildrenyouthministryhealingandsalvation.WeinNewZealandhavesomuchtogiveothers.Notonlyaresomanyonthatislandheldinbondagetoevilspiritsbuttwentypercentofthepopulationalsoremainasslavestothekingsoftheisland.Amanswifehischildrenhishouseandallhispossessionsbelongtothekingifheisaslave.WecameawayfromSumbaIndonesiaconvincedthatthiscountryisaharvestfieldwaitingforworkers.GodspokeIsaiah4222tomeconcerningthisneedforworkersButthisisapeoplehiddeninprisonhousestheyareforpreyandnoonedeliversforplunderandnoonesaysRestoreNKJVPastorRobertConradiSeniorPastorHopefortheNationsAucklandNZINSIGHT 22AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEAllofusarebornspirituallyblindbutwhenwereceiveChristandarebornagainourspiritualeyesareopenedandwenowviewtheworldandourlifefromanewperspective.ItisimportantthatourneweyesareusedforthepurposesofthekingdomofGodfortheyarethemajorgatewaytooursoul.OureyescanfeedoursoulwiththeWordofGodortrashfromamillionplaces.Webecomewhatweconsistentlylookat.Ourneweyescanalsogiveusavisionforsomethingbiggerandbetterthanwhatisinfrontofournaturaleyes.SpiritualvisionenablesustoseesomethinginthefutureseeingwhatGodwantstohappenseeingwhereGodispresentwhenthenaturaleyesdonot.Itisseeinglifewherethereisdeathabundancewherethereispovertyandlackseeinghealingwherethereissicknessfreedomwherethereisbondageseeingsalvationwherepeopleareperishing.ThroughoutScripturetheLordtellsHispeopleandHisservantstoLiftupyoureyesandlook.HereareeightthingstheLordwantsustosee.SEETHENEEDSOFOTHERSWeneedtoliftoureyesupfromourselvesandseeothersPastorPhilPringleGuestSpeakerAGNZNationalConference2014C3ChurchLIFTUPYOUREYESWherethereisnovisionthepeopleperishProverbs2918.Thisfamiliarscriptureintroducesustothewholesubjectofsightbothnaturalandspiritual.tohelpthem.Nobodyshouldseekhisowngoodbutthewell-beingofothers1Corinthians1024DoyounotsayFourmonthsmoreandthentheharvestItellyouliftupyoureyesandlookatthefieldsTheyarealreadywhiteforharvestJohn435HereJesuschallengesusnottosayIlldosomethingtohelppeoplesomedayorOnedayGodisgoingtousemeorOnedaypeoplewillbeopentotheGospel.HehadjustbrokenallkindsofbarrierstospeaktoaSamaritanwomanandwinINSIGHT 23WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZINSIGHTherheart.ShewentandtoldeveryonethatJesuswastheMessiahandthisledtothesalvationofherentiretownandlatertothewholeofSamaria.SEEWITHAPOSITIVEATTITUDEWeneedtoliftupoureyestomovefrombeingdoubtfuldepresseddiscouragedtobeingfulloffaithencouragedandbright.Matthew1429-32tellsthestoryofPeterwalkingonwater.AslongashekepthiseyesonJesusPeterwasallrightbutwhenhelookedatthestormyseahebegantosink.ThewriterofHebrewsremindsuswealsomuststeadfastlykeeplookingtoJesusletusrunwithperseverancetheracemarkedoutforus.LetusfixoureyesonJesustheauthorandperfecterofourfaithHebrews121-2SEEANEWPERSPECTIVEWeneedtoliftupoureyestogainafreshperspectiveonthings.WhatotherssawasaproblemtheapostlePaulsawasanopportunity.Becauseagreatdoorforeffectiveworkhasopenedtomeandtherearemanywhoopposeme.1Corithians169AshoesalesmanwassenttoAfricatosellshoes.WhenhegotthereheinstantlysenthomeatelegramsayingQuicklysendmeareturnticket.Nooneherewearsshoes.Afterhereturnedhometheshoecompanydecidedtosendanothersalesmanandtryagain.WhenthismanarrivedhealsosentbackatelegramsayingQuicklysendalltheshoesyouhave.Nooneherewearsshoes.SEEGODASYOURSOURCEWeneedtoliftupoureyestoshiftourexpectationsofhelpfromotherpeopleandourselvestoGodhimself.AndmyGodwillmeetallyourneedsaccordingtohisgloriousrichesinChristJesus.Philippians419IfwelookonlyatwhatisinourhandswewillbeseverelylimitedbutifwelookawaytoGodandlethisblessingrestonwhatwehaveaswegiveittohimwewillseesupernaturalblessingandabundantprovisionpouringintoourlives.ThistruthisbeautifullyillustratedbythewayJesustookaboysfiveloavesandtwosmallfishandusedthemtofeedagreatnumberofhungrypeopleMark63544.Jesusdidntkeepanyofitforhimself.Hegavewhatheblessed.WemustbringwhatwehavewithoureyesonGod.Heisthesourceofoursupply.Whenwemakeourresources 24AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEWeneedlookbeyondthelandwearestandingon.WeneedtoliftupoureyestoseelandwehaveneverwalkedonbeforeaspartofallthatGodhaspromisedus.availabletotheLordwewillfindwearetransportedfromthenaturaltothesupernatural.SEEBIGGERThereisastoryinGenesisChapter13howAbrahamandhisnephewLotpartedcompany.AfterthishappenedtheLordtoldAbrahamtoliftuphiseyesnorthsoutheastandwestandthenpromisedAbrahamthathewouldgivehimeverythingasfarashecouldsee.SometimestherearepeopleinourlivesthatneedtobeseparatedfromussothatweareabletoseethevisionGodhasforus.Weneedlookbeyondthelandwearestandingon.WeneedtoliftupoureyestoseelandwehaveneverwalkedonbeforeaspartofallthatGodhaspromisedus.SEEABUNDANCEWealsoneedtoliftupoureyesfromourpresentlacktotheabundanceGodhasforus.AsAbrahamcontinuedtowalkwithGodhewastoldtoliftuphiseyestotheheavensandwhenhedidthistheLordrevealedtohimthathisdescendantswouldbeasuncountableandnumerousasthestars.Genesis155BeforeAbrahamcouldseethestarshehadtoleavehistent.IfhehadstayedinithecouldnothaveseenpastitsceilingbutoutsidehesawtheheavensaviewwithnolimitsGodwantedAbrahamtohaveavisionofunlimitedabundance.SEETRANSFORMATIONGodalsotoldJacobtoliftuphiseyes.HegaveJacobastrategyforprosperingeventhoughhisemployerwastryingtocheathimoutofhisrightfulwages.AndtheangelsaidLookupandseethatallthemaleanimalsmatingwiththeflockarestreakedspeckledorspottedforIhaveseenallthatLabanisdoingtoyou.Genesis3112Weneedtoliftupoureyessothatweseehowtotransformourcurrentsituation.UntiltheangelspoketoJacobinadreamallhecouldseewassheepofthesamecolour.ButGodgavehimavisionofspottedandspeckledsheep.Heactedonthedreamandplacedspottedandspeckledrodsinfrontofthemonocolouredanimalsandtheyweretransformed.WhattheysawiswhattheyreproducedandJacobprosperedimmensely.Thissimplestrategytransformedboththesheepandhisownworld.SEEUNASHAMEDFinallywhenweareembarrassedorashamedbecausewehavedonewrongorwearewronglyaccusedbyothersrememberJesushasjustifiedusbeforeourFatherGodbyhissacrificeforoursins.Jesusistheonewhohasmaderightwhatiswrong.LookatthesescripturesandclaimthemforyourselfButyouareashieldaroundmeOLORDMyGloriousOnewholiftsupmyhead.Psalm33Andthosehepredestinedhealsocalledthosehecalledhealsojustifiedthosehejustifiedhealsoglorified.WhatthenshallwesayinresponsetothisIfGodisforuswhocanbeagainstusHewhodidnotsparehisownSonbutgavehimupforusall-howwillhenotalsoalongwithhimgraciouslygiveusallthingsWhowillbringanychargeagainstthosewhomGodhaschosenItisGodwhojustifies.WhoishethatcondemnsChristJesuswhodiedmorethanthatwhowasraisedtolife-isattherighthandofGodandisalsointercedingforus.Romans831-34ButnowhehasreconciledyoubyChristsphysicalbodythroughdeathtopresentyouholyinhissightwithoutblemishandfreefromaccusationColossians122INSIGHT 25WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZTHEPOWEROFVISIONIhavetocomerealizethatIamavisuallearner.GodoftenspeakstomethroughwhatIsee.InpracticaltermsIamfarbetteroffifIseeanexamplethatshowsmewhatneedstobedone.SowhenIreadthroughtheBibletheexamplesIseeexcitemeforexamplewomentouchedbytheloveofGodwhothenmadeadifferencethroughtheirlives.TheseexamplesalsogivemeavisionofwhowecanbecomeinChrist.Theyinspiremetoseethepotentialinmyself.Theyalsoinspiremetoseethepotentialinothersandinparticularthewomenfromeverystreetineveryneighbourhoodineverycityofouramazingnation.IbelievethatGoddesiresthewomeninNewZealandtobecomeFollowersofJesus-Matthew2755LoversofGodandSacrificialserversintheirchurches-Romans1612SpiritfilledandfreetooperatethegiftsoftheSpirit.-Acts218Forgivenandfree-Luke748ValuedandLoved-Proverbs3110Generousworshippers-Matthew267Delivered-Luke82Equippedandreadyforanytask-Luke241Carryinggraceandkindness-Proverbs3120ProclaimingtheGospel-John439Willingworkerstogether-Philippians43IseewomenthatareEducatedandwise-Proverbs3126Faithfilledandcourageous-Hebrews1135Persistentandunwavering-Matthew1522Passionateandpowerfulinprayer-Acts114Teachableandtrained-Titus23-4Diligentandtrustworthy-1Timothy311Surrenderedandobedient-1Peter114Compassionateandcaring-Acts936Healedbyfaith-Matthew922Supportivewiththeirwealth-Luke83Entrepreneursandbusiness-minded-Acts1614HospitableandInviting-Acts1615LadiesGodseesbothyouandmeasanintegralpartofHisPlanandImsogratefulthatHedoes.PastorPipBattenWomensfacilitatorCoSeniorPastorCityWestChurchNewPlymouthNZWOMENS AnInterviewwithLetitiaSheltonNaomiOliveLETITIASHELTONONFIGHTINGFOROURDAUGHTERSLetitiaistheCEOofCityWomeninToowoombaandhasbeeninstrumentalinachievingunityandmissioninthecity.Itisaboutreachingwomenfromallagesandwalksoflifeandusingthechurchesinthecitytoachievethis.ItisaboutmobilisingtheBodyofChristtoimpactthecityinvariouspracticalways.HereLetitiaexhortsustoreachthemissionfieldthatishereinourownbackyard.LetitiacanyougiveussomebackgroundonCityWomenhowdiditstartandwhatdiditinvolveIttakesacitywidechurchtowinacitywidebattle.Welookedatthestatisticsofwhatwashappeningtoyounggirlsandwheresocietywasheadingandwantedtomakeachange.CityWomenstarted9yearsagobuthadalreadybeenintheformingacoupleofyearsbeforethat.WebeganwithcampsfocusedongirlsandholdingtheShinecoursefromHillsonginschools.Wehadthesupportofotherchurchesforthesecampsandeventuallywehadcometoapointwhereweworkedtogetherandpooledourresources.CityWomenmadethatofficial.HowdidyouachieveunityinthechurchestocometogetherwithaunitedvisionandpurposeThepastorshadalreadybeenmeetingandprayingtogetherforabout30years.Icameonasyouthpastorinmychurchandhadestablishedrelationshipwiththemalso.Thisiswhereunityhadstartedandthismadeitaloteasiertogainmomentum.WekeepJesusasourfocusandlayasideouropinions.Wehavecombinedprayerandchurchservicesalso.Wehavemenandwomeninnursinghomesprayingforus.WhatdoesCityWomenlooklikenowWehavethreebigralliesayearwhere200-300womencomefromvariouschurchesandbusinessestokeepstirringthevision.Thisiswherewebringawarenessofwhatisgoingoninthecity.Itsaboutawarenesscelebrationandmobilisation.Wehaveabout20teamsnoandthoseleadersandteamsmeettogetherregularly.Wehaveamagazinegirlsyouthgroupscampsministryformothersrunbyolderwomensolomumsandvariousotherprojectslikeministeringtoprostitutes.Wereallyutilisetheoldergenerationtoowhichisgreat.CanyousharesomethingfromyourheartTheChurchisheretobringhealingandtobehopeandlightforJesusinourcommunities.Stopplayingchurchinsidethebuildingandreachout.Peopleoftenwanttobreakoutbutdontknowhow.Theenemyishappywhileweareallstillseparate.Itistoughworkbutwellworthittoseechange.ThankyouforsharingyourvisionwithusLetitiamaywetakethechallengeupinournation.IfyoucangetyourhandsonherbookFightingForOurDaughterspleasedosoitwillbelifechanging.WOMENS 27WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZOver150womentooktimeoutfromtheirseeminglyordinarylivestoattendtheWellingtonRegionalwomensconferenceEXTRAORDINARY.WesoonfoundoutthatwemaylooklikeordinarywomenbutbecauseweareinChristwearecalledtobeextraordinaryineveryway.EXTRAORDINARYWOMENSCONFERENCEWELLINGTONWehadtheprivilegeofhavingKalindaLichtwarkfromIBringFreedomwhobroughtapowerfulandtimelywordforthewomenandsharedabouthermanyexperiencesinrescuingandrestoringwomenandchildrenthathavebeensextraffickedandsoldintoslaveryincludingthemenwhoputthemthere.ItonlyseemsappropriatethatthefollowingtestimoniesprovideaglimpseintohowtheLordmovedduringtheweekendListeningtoKalindatalkaboutbeinganovercomerratherthanasurvivorofpasttragedywasamazingitsachangeinmindsetforme.IlovethephraseIhavetopraisebecausenotonlyamIsothankfulforwhatGodhasdoneinmylifepraisinghelpsmetolosethefalsethoughtsandthelies.ImencouragedtoseekoutwhatGodthinksaboutmethetruth.IveneverfeltprettyorlovedandIrememberasachildwantingtobeaprincessbutknowingIwassodamaged.WhenIpraisewhenIworshiphonestlyIfeellikeaprincessitslikedancingwiththeHolySpirit.UntilthisweekendIveneverexperienceditbefore.Iveexperiencedhealingfreedomhopejoyandthetruththisweekend.IcantrememberhavingchildhooddreamsbutIhavefreedomtodreamnowtoo.mdreamingandprayingthatmystoryexperiencepassionandskillscanbeusedoneday.NoneofwhatIexperiencedovertheweekendwashypebutarealworkingoftheHolySpiritinmyheartsoulandmindandIamsothankfulIwent.Fiona.ThankyoutoGodforanamazingweekend.Isaiah611-3wassuchablessingtounderstandhowwecancomeintoGodspresenceandtradeheavinessforpraise.PuttingonourGarmentofPraiseisformethestartoftheday.Marion.TheweekendwasamazingandwethanktheLordforpouringoutHisSpiritoverusallKalindaforopeningherheartandallowingtheHolySpirittoflowthroughherandthemanywomenandmenthatputsomuchintomakingtheconferenceagreatone.YouknowwhoyouareLookingforwardtoseeingthefruitsofthisconferenceinthewomenslivesintheirfamiliescommunitiesandinthisnation.NaomiOliveWOMENS 28AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEGodskingdomisakingdomoffaith.Itisnotofthisworldandweneedspiritualeyestoperceiveit.Itisconstantlyadvancinginthisworldgenerationbygenerationpersonbypersonsupersedingcultureandnaturalbarrierstobeestablishedintheheartsandmindsofordinarypeople.JesusChristhascalledusoutoftheworldandintothisgloriousKingdomandthismakesusachosenpeopleaholynationsetapartforGodandhispurpose.Thereisnothingmoresouldestroyingthandoingsomethingthathasnopurpose.Itisvisionthatdrawsusforwardintoabettertomorrowabetterfutureithelpsustoenduresufferinghardshipandovercomethechallengesthatriseupagainstus.WhilevisioniscommonlyassociatedwithsightandbeingabletoseethingsvisioninaChristiancontextgoesbeyondtheabilitytoseewhatisfrontofus.TheApostlePaulinhislettertotheCorinthianchurchremindsusthatwelivebyfaithandnotbysight.Hedoesnotmeanthatwelivewithoutvisionbutquitetheopposite.Heimpliesthatwedontliveourlivesbasedsolelyonwhatweseewithourphysicaleyesbutthatwehaveabiggervisionthanwhatisimmediate.SIGNPOSTSThroughGodswordandtheHolySpiritwehaveabiggerpictureoflifeofpeopleandofourworld.ThisfaithfilledvisioniswhathelpsustolivebeyondourcircumstancestobefilledwithGodspeaceinthemidstofatrialandtofindjoyintheLordwhenwearehardpressedoneveryside.PastorLloydSalmonNationalFacilitatorChaplaincyNZSeniorPastorCornerstoneChristianChurchWaiukuNZCHAPLAINCY 29WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZIwasinspiredtobecomeachaplainbecauseIcaughtthevisionofwhatGodcandothroughchaplaincy.IsawthatthroughbeingthereinthemidstofeverydaycommunitygenuinerelationshipscanbeformedthatopenthedoorfortheHolySpirittotouchlivesandempowerpeople.GodsolovedtheworldthathegavehisoneandonlySonthatwhoeverbelievesinhimshallnotperishbuthaveeternallife.ThroughchaplaincyGodcanreachthewhoeversinourcommunitiesandhelpthemtounderstandthatlove.Thereisnosubstituteforbeingthere.IbelieveitsayssomuchaboutGodsheartforthehurtingandlost.Justaskanymissionarywhohasevergoneout.EnteringintothisministryoutsidethechurchrequiresagoodsenseofbeingabletoseewhatGodisdoinginpeopleslivesandhelpingthemtodiscernalovingGodintheirmidst.Inmanyrespectswebecomesignpostsforpeoplepointingthewayforward.IamremindedoftheprophetElishawhoonedaywakesupandfindshimselfsurroundedonallsides.Hisservantseesthearmysurroundingthemandbecomesoverwhelmed.Wereadhisresponsein2Kings616-17NIVDontbeafraidtheprophetanswered.Thosewhoarewithusaremorethanthosewhoarewiththem.AndElishaprayedOpenhiseyesLORDsothathemaysee.ThentheLORDopenedtheservantseyesandhelookedandsawthehillsfullofhorsesandchariotsoffireallaroundElisha.Thatiswhatchaplainsdotheyopentheeyesofpeopletotheresourcesaroundthem-mostimportantlytheresourceofaninvisibleGodwholovesthem.Visionempowerspeople.Visiongivesusdirectionandpurposeinlife-itreleaseshopeengagesourfaithandinspiresustomoveforward.Aschaplainsthisisanessentialelementofourministry.ItissoimportantthatwecarryaGodinspiredvisionofthepeoplewearecalledtoministerto.Thismeanshavingtheabilitytoseebeyondthecircumstancesandoftentimescomplexsituationsandseetheperson.SeeingallpeopleasGodseeseachofus-madeinHisimageworthyofloveandrespectregardlessofourbeliefsthewaywelookorthewayweact.Dontbeafraidtheprophetanswered.Thosewhoarewithusaremorethanthosewhoarewiththem.AndElishaprayedOpenhiseyesLORDsothathemaysee.2Kings616-17Thatiswhatchaplainsdotheyopentheeyesofpeopletotheresourcesaroundthem-mostimportantlytheresourceofaninvisibleGodwholovesthem.CHAPLAINCY 30AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEPastorPatLambornExecutivePresbyterandOMFacilitatorSeniorPastorConnectChurchChristchurchNZPARTNERINGINPRAYERSometimesitiseasytoforgetwhatourmissionariesfaceastheyliveandworkoverseas.Noteverygovernmentissympathetictothegospel.Talkingincodeinpubliccarefullyscreeningemailsforobjectionablekeywordscarewherepassportsareloggedmeetingcovertlyandneverleavingingroupsmeetingbehindcloseddoorsandwatchingvolumesinworshiptheuncertaintywithvisas-theycanberevokedatamomentsnoticeornotrenewed.Thesearejustsomeoftheconstantsmissionarieslivewith.ThentherearethelivingconditionsthesecurityissuestheisolationYetwhenIvisitIamalwaysamazedatthespiritofthankfulnessoffaithandcommitmenttotheircall.TheyareabouttheFathersbusinessAndthisgospelofthekingdomwillbepreachedinthewholeworldasatestimonytoallnationsandthentheendwillcome.Matthew2414Inmyconversationswiththemtheonethingthattheyaskforisprayer.ThisisGodsworkanditneedsGodspower.Psalm127saysUnlesstheLORDbuildsthehouseitsbuilderslabourinvain.UnlesstheLORDwatchesoverthecitythewatchmenstandguardinvain.TheApostlePaulamazinggodlymanthathewasrequestedprayermorethananythingelse.Considerthesescriptures2Corinthians110-11Hehasdeliveredusfromsuchadeadlyperilandhewilldeliverus.Onhimwehavesetourhopethathewillcontinuetodeliverusasyouhelpusbyyourprayers.Thenmanywillgivethanksonourbehalfforthegraciousfavourgrantedusinanswertotheprayersofmany.Colossians43-4AndprayforustoothatGodmayopenadoorforourmessagesothatwemayproclaimthemysteryofChristforwhichIaminchains.PraythatImayproclaimitclearlyasIshould.SeethestrengthofhisrequestRomans1530-33IurgeyoubrothersbyourLordJesusChristandbytheloveoftheSpirittojoinmeinmystrugglebyprayingtoGodforme.PraythatImayberescuedfromtheunbelieversinJudeaandthatmyserviceinJerusalemmaybeacceptabletothesaintstheresothatbyGodswillImaycometoyouwithjoyandtogetherwithyouberefreshed.TheGodofpeacebewithyouall.Amen.FriendsandpartnersinfaithcanIalsourgeyoutostandinprayerwiththesepreciousmissionpartnersofoursYourprayersDOmakeadifferenceandmakeustruepartnersinfaithwiththem.Philippians17MISSIONS 31WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZInNovember2013IwasinNewZealandhavingamedicalcheck-upfollowinganoperationIhadsixmonthsearlier.AfterreceivingacleanbillofhealthIwaspreparingtogobacktoKenyaanddecidedasitwasclosetoChristmasIwouldtakemydaughtershoppingforsomeclothesforaChristmaspresentbeforeIleft.ThatmorninginmydevotionsIwasthinkingofGodsincredibleprovisionforourStreetboysfarm.Fortwoandahalfyearswehadbeenbuildingcontinuallyyetnotonedonorwasunderwritingthebuildingprogram.Wehadfoundthataswehadalmostcompletedonebuildinganotherdonorwouldcomeupforthenextphaseandthenanother.AtthattimeIwasalsoawarethatourcurrentbuildingfundsandthebuildingwewereworkingonwasalmostcomplete.IwhisperedLordweneedprovisionforaclassroomblocknext.SowhenIwasintheshoppingmallwithmydaughtermymobilerang.ThecalleraskedhowIwasdoingmedicallyandthensaidWhatbuildingareyouplanningnextIexplainedtohimabouttheclassroomblockandheaskedHowmuchwillthatcostItoldhimtheamountandherepliedIhavejustbeentalkingtosomefriendsofmineaboutinvestinginKenyaandIthinkbetweenmyfriendsandmewecancomeupwiththat.InthiswaywearenowintheprogressofconstructingtheclassroomblockWeareoverwhelmedOurGodistrulyJehovahJirehThroughfaithfulchurchesandindividualsinNewZealandfundscomeintoprovideforthemonthlyneedsofthefarmthesalariesofourentirestaffMargaretschildrensministryandprogramstotouchthepoorestofthepoor.ThankyouourwonderfulsupportersAndthankyoutoourwonderfulGodwhogivesthevisionandtheprovision.PastorRobinAimMissionaryNairobiKenyaGODSVISIONGODSPROVISIONMISSIONS 32AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEMISSIONSOnewhohadstrongoppositionwasBgnarwhobeganourBiblelessons22yearsago.AfterdoingthemfornearlyayearshegaveherlifetoJesusbutfortwoyearsafterthatshehadoppositionandwasntallowedtogotochurch.ShedependedoncontactandprayersfromGoodNewsTeammembers.ShetoldmeofoneoccasionwhenafteraparticularlyseverebeatingfromhermothershedecidedtostopfollowingJesus.ShegatheredtogetherallthelessonsandtheBiblewedsentthinkingshesaidIfIcangetridoftheseIcangetridofGod.ButhowtogetridofsuchpreciousthingsAsshesattherethemailmanarrivedwithaletterfromamemberoftheGoodNewsTeam.BgnarsaidAsIlookedatthatletterIknewthatwasGodstiming-tocomeonthatdayatthattime.IknewitwasGodswaytoshowHewaswithmeinallIwasgoingthrough.NowBgnarandherhusbandpastorachurchinsouthThailandwhereshehasover100childrenfromnearbyslumswhocometothechurchmostdaysandhavebegunfollowingJesus.ShehasalsoworkedwiththeGoodNewsTeamgoingintoschoolsintheirtownshipforevangelismandisalwayskeentofollowupchildrenreachedinourschoolprogramsthere.WhenIValeriemetBgnarafewyearsagoshesaidImsogladforthoselessonsbutPastorValerieBateupGoodNewsTeamThailandJESUSSAIDIWILLBEWITHYOUALWAYSwhydidyoucometoThailandjusttoteachchildrenOthersstartwithchildrenbutalwaysmoveonfromthere.AsIvethoughtaboutthisIverealisedtwoeventsbelowarepartoftheanswer.ThefirsteventwasduringmyfirstvisittoThailandwithaYWAMteam.OnenightweweretakentoabuildingdeepinBangkokwithmenacingarmedguysoutsideandagroupofyounggirlssittingoutsidewiththeirfacesheavilymadeuptolookFormanyThaiyoungpeoplethispromisekeepsthemabletofollowJesusinthefaceofoppositionfromthosearoundthem.. 33WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZMISSIONSlikedolls.ItwastheireyesIcouldntforgettheyweredeadblankingouteveryemotion.Thesecondeventwas13yearsagowhenIzewaskilled.Shewas10fullofideasandquestionsandtheFahSaichildwhotalkedmostaboutJesus.Thatdayshedgonewithfriendstoplayincouncilgrounds.Theyweregroupedtogetherbyadeeppondwhenamentallyillwomanfromtheirslumwalkedpastglaringatthem.Onechildpulledafaceather.Suddenlysheleaptatthemandwithherarmsswingingpushedeachchildintothepond.Astheystruggledtogetoutthewomanpushedontheheadofonechildandheldherdown.Othersrushedovertohelpbutitwastoolate.Izehadbeendrowned.LaterIzesfriendstoldmethepolicehadreleasedthatwoman...ThepolicesaidtheycantchargeheruntilIzesmotherpays20000ThaiBaht.Andthatwomanhasnomoneyeither.ThePolicedontdoanythingwithoutmoney.Theysaidwemustfeelsorryforthatwomanandforgetaboutit.Thatshowitiswhenyourepoorwastheirfinalcomment.TwoeventsarecontrolledbydeeplyentrenchedsystemswithinThailand.BotheventswerepartofmycalltoThailandandtoThaichildren.IfeltGodscalltohelpThaichildrenknowthattheydohavevalueinJesusandarelovedbyHim.TohelpthemknowthatJesusinallHispowerandlovecanbewiththemineverysituationastheirprotectortohelpthemknowhowtocallonHishelptochangewhatseemsunchangeable.IknowGodusedeventslikethesetomotivatemeandothersintheGoodNewsTeamsothatsomanyThaichildrenhavehadtheopportunitytoknowJesus.AndGodhasbroughtchangeforthousandsofthesechildren.ManyhavewrittentosaytheydbeentoldtherewasnomoneyforthemtogotoschoolandortoldtheymustgotoworkinBangkok.Theyprayedandaskedustopraytoo.AndGoddidmiracles.Familysituationswerechangedandthesechildrenwerekeptsafe.YourprayersforThaichildrenhavehelpedchangemanylives.Ontheirbehalfthankyou. 34AGNZEMPOWEREDMAGAZINEMISSIONSPastorSamandCarolSoukottaMissionariesIndonesiaAfterourlastchildJeffreyleftusforfurthereducationinNewZealandSamsaidWhydontweadoptoneortwochildrentolivewithusOfcoursewithourfrequenttravelwithinIndonesiaitwasimpossiblebutGodsawhisheartTodaywehavehundredsofchildren.OnedayatnoonwhilstvisitingagroupofchurchplantersinWestKalimantanBorneoSamlookedacrosstheroadactuallyseeingnothingwhenallofasuddenasifhewaswatchingTVhesawbuildingafterbuildingfishpondsandorderlygrounds.HewaspuzzledbythisbutonhisreturntoTawangmanguheenquiredoftheLordwhatthevisionmeantGodjustsaidBuildAtthisstagehedidntknowwhathewastobuild.ICarolimmediatelythoughtofNoahwhenGodtoldhimtobuildandhedid.Sowedecidedtolookforland.AsthevisionwasreceivedinWestKalimantanSamaskedoneofthechurchplanterstolookforlandinthatregion.OncelandwasfoundSamflewbacktoKalimantanwithnomoneytopurchasethelandButhetoldtheownernottosellittoanyoneelse.Hewasadamantandsaidthathewouldbuyit.InconversingwiththeownerSamaskedhowmanychildrenhehadandiftheywereallChristiansknowingthatmanyDayaksareso-calledChristiananimistorCatholicanimist.TheownerrepliedthatfourwereChristiansandfourMuslimandwentontosaythatifChristianspaidforhischildrenseducationtheywouldbecomeChristians.IfMuslimseducatedthemtheybecameMuslims.ItwaslikearevelationtoSamImmediatelyheknewhehadtobuildaschoolfromkindergartentouniversitywithdormitoriesandtellthechildrenaboutJesus.Samshookhishandtoconfirmthedealdespitetherebeingnodown-payment.AfewdayslaterdisembarkingfromhisplaneandenteringtheSurabayaterminaltoSamssurprisehemetupwithayoungbusinessmanwhomweknew.OutofthebluetheyoungmanaskedhimifhehadanewprojectSamwasstartledbutsaidyesandtoldhimwhatGodwantedhimtodo.TheyoungbusinessmanthenaskedifSamhadthelandtowhichherepliedhehadrecentlyseenlandinWestKalimantan.ThenextquestionwashowmuchdoesitcostSamtoldhimtheprice.TheyoungmanrepliedIwillpayforthatthenaskedforourbankdetails.ThemoneycamethroughthelandwaspurchasedandmiracleaftermiraclehasbroughtforththeMTHOPEprojectwherehundredsofchildrenheenquiredoftheLordwhatthevisionmeantGodjustsaidBuildTHEPOWEROFVISIONMOUNTHOPEWASBORN 35WWW.AGNZ.ORG.NZandteenagershavebeeneducatedandhavereceivedChristintotheirlives.Intheyearstocometherewillbethousands.SomeofthechildrenwhohavegraduatedfromhighschoolandgoneontofurthereducationhavenowbecometeachersinourschoolorstaffatMtHopeorattheTawangmanguBibleCollege.ThesewerechildrenwhohadnohopeforagoodeducationorfuturechildrenwhodidnotknowChristbutarenowtestimoniesforHim.AGod-givenvisionissuretobringinthelost.WegiveGodallthepraiseforwhatHehasdoneatMtHope.ItsHisproject. 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