Well already we are onto our second blog of the year and time flys when you are busy about the Father’s Kingdom. Gisborne Church has been drawing the line in the sand and sorting out the goats from the sheep, the fake from the real and the compromised from the uncompromised with the Word of God, just like Jesus did. With people we come across on the streets or even in our church, we can clearly see God has a Righteous and Holy standard and if you are not striving or seeking to follow it, one can presume “What or who are you following?”
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
We want to make sure firstly that we are following the Jesus of the Bible, and secondly that anyone else that we come across are following the Jesus of the Bible too. Because it is eternity we are talking about. With excellent teachings from The Word multiple times a week every week, we are setting soldiers up for the defence of the Gospel, how to abhor that which is evil and cleave to that which is GOOD! To Love Jesus with all of our Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength, to walk victorious in all areas of our lives and how to destroy the works of the devil! Gisborne disciples love to see the Bible happen right before our eyes. What you read in the Bible you will see today if you are striving to hear and do the Word of God. All the manifestations, blessings, supernatural, deliverances, opposition, division and loads more, it’s all very exciting! Many of the things we are facing today were written about by the men of old wrote in the Bible.
Sanding bus project
As you may already know AHKM has purchased a House Bus for our Apostle and his family to be itinerant and travel throughout the four churches in the ministry and also seek new territory for Jesus. Gizzy disciples have been working hard between work, school and ministry meetings to sand and prepare the bus for painting. With a big job at hand, keen and eager disciples had the bus sanding project done in no time. Praying for fine weather while we were sanding was a consistent prayer request our church gave to God, especially now because we are in the cooler, rainy part of the year, and also because we have an enemy that is not happy with the Bus getting ready to hit towns and cities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!. We had a few times where windows of opportunity opened up to get in and sand, and as soon as our shift was over, it poured down with rain. Sometimes up to 8 of us were all handling electric sanders or sandpaper at once. With not a whole lot of experience in the sanding department, we found disciples were easy to teach and obey orders given. We are finishing up finer details now and are sending the bus to get painted and fit for the road and travel. Be sure to keep an eye out in a town near you for the Holy Ghost Bus. You will know it when you see it!!
Levin Mission Trip
Mission trips are always exciting for us, but even more so for Jesus, to see how much Joy He will have seeing his children rise up and minister for him. Four of our Mighty Women descended on one of our churches in Levin. They had an absolute blast in the Holy Ghost!. They went out on fire and came back infernos for Christ. They spent Easter Weekend there tearing it up everywhere they stepped. A full on weekend Preaching from the Heart and getting those gifts of the Spirit flowing freely were on the agenda for Gods princesses, and they rose and exceeded the limits. Everyone was blessed all round and we are looking forward to seeing more growth from the HOLY GHOST FUEL INJECTED MISSION TRIP.
Auckland Mission Trip
Jesus is rejoicing over us as He sees Men after His own Heart stand up and be counted for. Four Men of Valour hit our Auckland churches and what an amazing time they had with Jesus and fellow brethren. They preached hard, prayed hard and played hard and came back changed for good. Mission trips really ignite more of God’s vision inside of His people. That it’s not just about us anymore and our walk with Jesus, but the bigger picture of souls worldwide.
Whilst the men and women were out on the field in Auckland and Levin, the rest of us kept the Home fires burning hot for Jesus here in Gisborne. A time to remember what Jesus did for you and I at the cross. It's not about the chocolate Easter eggs. It is where Jesus died on the cross, went to Hell for the world and on the 3rd day rose again. He redeemed us back to the Father. Here in lies our Victory to all those that believe and follow God, and defeat to all those that do not follow God. On Good Friday we spent the night worshipping Jesus and fellowshiping, then on Saturday we were pumped and ready to preach the Gospel, we had a full on weekend of Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
On Easter Monday we got together and shared lunch, baked some yummy treats and enjoyed each other. We disciples will use any excuse to get together and fellowship and worship God, but it was super special we got share it together and remember this is when everything changed for Lovers of the Word.
A cry of the people in Wairoa
Gisborne church has seen and heard the cries from the people in Wairoa which is 1 hours drive south of Gisborne, and are actively sending 4 disciples every fortnight to go preach the Gospel and ultimately to see if there is anyone who would like a second chance at life - to become a born again Christian and come out of darkness into His marvellous light. Wairoa has been overrun by the devil for far too long and Jesus is not happy about that at all. So with faithful disciples whose lives are not our own, we say “use us Lord” to take the Gospel into darkness and chase out every demon, stronghold and principality that would try stick around. With constant prayer and preaching of the Word in Wairoa all things are possible with GOD. Stay tuned to hear the awesome exploits that will come out of Wairoa.
One Gizzy disciple was a diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenic. She came into our church from off the streets and has been sitting under the word for a year now. She was in the Mental Health unit Ward 11 here in Gisborne and came to most of the meetings held throughout the week. She was on 10mg of medication to keep her sedated and dull the voices she heard in her head. Through the washing of the Word we have seen a huge change in this Mighty woman. Her doctor has been reducing her medication and she is now at 5mg and feeling great, she was also discharged out into the community and is now in her own apartment. God is really helping her to get back on her feet. There is Hope to all those that may have friends or family that suffer from Mental illness. His name is Jesus Christ! He doesn't just put a band aid on it and hope it will go away. He is Glorious and will get right to the root of it and totally remove it.
God provides jobs
Two of our faithful disciples from Gisborne went looking for work anywhere they could find it. With a lot of people saying "no Jobs around here, you won’t find one". They were diligent and faithful to go anyway. Door knocking and on the internet were on the cards. They went to a pack house and asked for a job, and the lady looked at them and laughed you will be lucky to get in here we have a whole stack of people wanting to work here. Later that same day the lady at the pack house got on the phone and rang one of our disciples up and said "You wouldn't believe it, someone has just walked off the job this afternoon. Would you be able to come in? We have a vacancy for you.”
Days later they asked for the second disciple to come in to work. Since then, both have been made permanent and even offered possible supervisor jobs.
God's favour is upon His people and can make their applications stand out in a whole stack.
Thank You Jesus, You did it again!
I pray that you were stirred up with excitement in what Jesus is doing in around Gisborne. We will continue to do the Bible and take back what belongs to Jesus and raise up disciples to be sent out to the rest of New Zealand and the world. Continue to pray for God’s Kingdom to come down here on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Be encouraged where ever you are around the world and know there are likeminded people that Love Jesus. God and all of Heaven are with you if you are striving to do His Word, His Way and His Truth.
Be Abundantly Blessed in the Name of Jesus
Pastor Charity Paul