HEY GUYS! Jesus is ALIVE!
Time is flying and the question remains, what are you doing? It seems like yesterday it was the very beginning of 2014, now we’re past half way already. Jesus planted this church here in Manurewa of South Auckland 3 years ago and today we are going strong seeking the lost & making disciples whilst fighting sin and loving Jesus. Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to at our post…….
At the beginning of the year we started off each Saturday afternoon with our Foundations Course. After finishing the course we then began to have our usual Saturday afternoon church service, but this time it was going to be a little bit different…. This time round the Holy Ghost wanted to give the mature disciples in the church an opportunity to learn more about Ministry. Biblical Discipleship is practical and what better way to learn than to have a go yourself. So for the last few months 4 disciples have been training how to run a church service from start to finish. They learn to do everything from setting up the service, worship leading, flowing in the Holy Ghost, Preaching the Word, Making Alter Calls, Praying and Prophesying for those wanting prayer afterwards, Serving in the kitchen and then finally packing everything up and locking the doors at the end. What a great opportunity! These Disciples have all stepped up to the mark and embraced this season God has them in. They love it, along with all the bumps and turns you would expect on a ride. These services go off because Jesus is there, He says- Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. These Disciples know and understand how blessed they are to have such an awesome opportunity to learn exactly what it’s like to be a Minister and that it is such a privilege to be able to learn this stuff now unlike so many other Christians today who sit in churches and never ever get an opportunity like this to grow up in God and become useful. Go God!
Seeking the lost involves obedience to the Word. Seeking the lost means to actually get up off the couch and get out there to where the lost are, now I’m not saying go into the pubs and clubs, but out in the community you know, up town or at the bus/train stops-seeking them or going about to look for them. Here in Manurewa we are privileged to be able to share the Good News of Jesus freely. There are lots of diverse cultures in our area and so sometimes there is the need to use hand signals and even learning new languages to get the Gospel out to every creature. We love making war on the kingdom of darkness and what better way to do it, getting out there and laying hands on the sick, praying for the lost/brokenhearted, prophesying life into their dead spirits and preaching the Glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a result of our obedience to the Word we have seen a lot of different manifestations. People watching us as we open-air preach and observe how we handle hecklers and persecutors. One man was so impressed at the boldness and humility he saw in one of our Disciples as he preached the Gospel and how he handled a situation where a young man was throwing out questions designed to throw him off preaching. The man observing then came along to church 2 weeks later. There are also devils of intimidation and hatred that manifest in and through what I would call local people, people that live here and we see all the time. These ones get mad and angry as soon as they see the Gospel Force and so have in the past stood next to a Disciple who was preaching to another person and they started singing really loud trying to cause a scene and distract the person from hearing the Word. They have even harassed one of our Disciples as well to the point where we taught our Disciples how to handle those situations wisely from here on out. Praise God that He has warned us and taught us about these different manifestations we experience almost daily because we choose to live Godly in Christ and so we have no need to fear because Jesus is King and Lord over the whole of Manurewa and South Auckland and Aotearoa (NZ) and in the whole earth!
As a part of our Evangelism too we’ve started to hit the streets in Papakura! Oh Yeah! This place is 5-10mins drive South of Manurewa and it is amazing how places, people, atmosphere’s can change in such a short space. I mean this made us realise quickly how different these 2 places are in the Spirit. We love it though, we love a challenge and especially because we know the Truth and we are not ignorant of his (satan’s) devices. We stand preaching the Gospel of Jesus unashamed and with great confidence that He is with us! God is with us! Already there have been a couple of incidences where satan has tried to intimidate us or politely speaking trying to get us to move on but that has actually stirred us up more to continue praying and believing God for the whole place to Repent from sin and follow after Jesus. We can’t wait to see what Great things God is going to do in Papakura but for now we will continue to seek and save the lost there by preaching the Gospel and shining our lights bright! Woohoo!
In June this year we had an addition to our church. This Mighty woman was originally from this church and as God’s plans for her life began to unfold He sent her off as a Missionary to Levin. She went down there out of love for the lost and obedience to the Word of God serving and being an available vessel for God to use. After a decent amount of time, God said through her oversight, for her to come on back up to Manurewa. Woohoo! Before she left Levin she was ordained as a Trainee Pastor, go Holy Ghost! She arrived up here as a Trainee Pastor ready to continue her discipleship and growth in Jesus as a part of AHKC Manurewa. We here welcomed her with open arms, and we were glad to join arms with another soldier in the Gospel.
To kick off the month of July, we had Reverend Linda Trevenan from AHKC Levin fly up here on a Missions Trip. Woop woop! She Ministered the Word over the whole weekend edifying the saints in Christ. This was a great time of refreshing and hearing the simplicity of God’s Awesome Word. More of the Heart of God was shared and also insight into the scriptures was made manifest. Disciples love the Word of God and so a lot of them were buzzing out (excited) at how God shed light on His Word over the course of the weekend. Disciples were then prayed for and prophesied for after each meeting by Rev Linda before she departed back to Levin. Everybody was fired up and encouraged to go higher with Jesus, and to continually examine ourselves whether we be in the Faith.
We up here in Auckland have also had the privilege of having our Apostle and his family come up and dwell here with us for a bit. We were all surprised to see them and really excited because this time they brought ‘The Bus’. Yes that’s right, this is the Apostolic Itinerant Ministry Bus otherwise known as A.I.M. This Ministry started off as a vision- for the lost here in NZ to be reached for Christ, the Uncompromised Gospel being taken throughout the nation in demonstration of Holy Ghost Power and for the present churches to be strengthened in the Faith. This Ministry was to purchase a House Bus for our Apostle and his whole family to live in full time. They are now living in it and on the road and so for us here it is really Awesome to see this vision and plan that God has for NZ coming to pass. We as a church continuously pray for this Ministry and bus, believing that God would have His way and it is so rewarding for us to be able to see it right here in the natural. It looks MEAN (awesome) and we are aware to stay in continual prayer for this Ministry because we understand how much of a threat this Bus is to the kingdom of darkness……………. BRING IT!!!
So having our Apostle and his family here has been encouraging for us as a church to be able to sit under the anointing of our Apostle and the Word of God in his life. We have been reminded in the Holy Ghost about keeping our relationships with Jesus real and raw which is the most important thing in one’s life. It’s been cool having a couple more GF soldiers out on the streets with us each weekend helping to seek & save the lost. And it’s been fun fellowshipping, sharing this time together and growing in God.
Coming up are some testimonies we want to share with the World to bring Glory to God!!!
Ladies Ankle In Pain & Then Her Son -Sat 2nd Aug 2014
Today on the streets I met a family who were Indian. As they were rushing to their car I noticed the mum limping so I approached her and asked her if I could pray for her leg? She told me her ankle was in pain but allowed me to pray for her. After I prayed for her she said it was a little bit better, so then I prayed for her ankle again and this time the ladies ankle was healed. Praise you Lord! This lady went from limping and having a painful ankle to being healed, happy and jumping up and down.
Immediately afterwards she asked if I could pray for her son that was about to have an operation on his foot because a nail had pierced it. So I got down and prayed for his foot to be healed in the Name of Jesus and guess what?.....The young boy got healed too, he began testing it and like his mum was jumping up and down…. Thank you Lord!
Just to add as well, before I encountered this family written above there were a bunch of street girls making fun and mocking the Bible, yelling out things like ‘God’s not real’. After observing Jesus Heal this family through the laying on of hands the demon spirits behind these girls mouths were stopped! They couldn’t believe it! Oh YEAHHHH, JESUS IS MIGHTY TO HEAL!
Lupas Diagnosis Since 12years Old
My little brother Daniel has been diagnosed with Lupas since he was 12 he is now 17 and just a couple of months ago he was rushed to Middle More Hospital. He was admitted into H.D.U (High dependency unit) after having a seizure and complaining of pain. During the seizure he also bit his tongue. I was there by his side praying in tongues and after a little while he came too. Three days later we’d received word that Daniel had another seizure. At this point fear was crippling my whole family, they didn’t know what was happening and sadly they didn’t know what to do. When we arrived to Daniel doctors were surrounding him, my little brother was in so much pain because he had bitten his tongue again and this time it was hanging out with blood gushing out, he needed to have his airways kept clear from the blood clots and I was mad at the demon-righteous anger. My response was to pray in tongues and so I did. During that time I felt the presence of God with me and in the room. When the doctors came back in I heard one of them say “Wow, you worked your magic” because Daniel was calm. While being in hospital Daniel cried out to Jesus saying “Jesus, help me!” after that he told the doctors that Lupas is defeated and that he had had enough of the pills. He started speaking in tongues and got Born Again! He sang praises to God and soon after that he returned home. Praise You Lord Jesus!
I moved up to Auckland towards the end of last year to continue my Discipleship here. Once I arrived I needed to find a job. I set out job hunting every day, following instructions from my Discipler. I have never had a job before, so this was all so new to me. I finished high school last year and so I was now out in the real world. I along with everyone else was praying and believing God for a job and I was really keen to work. After 5 months of seeking after and believing God for a job, I got one! This job was an immediate start with training provided. Although I was not employed with a full-time permanent position, since starting I have had near to around 40 hours each week anyway. I was employed at this job in one department only but soon after I started they offered me more hours working in another department too. Jesus is so good to me and He has always looked after me.
Even though 5 months seemed like a long time that I hadn’t got a job, the inward work that God was doing in my heart was well worth it. I learned what it means to trust in Him, when satan was sowing discouragement. I learned how to go out and job hunt for myself rather than relying on everybody else to do it for me. I learned a lot during this time and I want to testify that God is real and He shall supply all of my needs and the needs of those who belong to Him! Thank You So Much Jesus!
Eczema & Swollen Hands Healed
Shortly after I started working, one day after work all of my fingers on both of my hands began to swell up, the skin on my hands went all dry and it was like it broke out in Eczema. This was a first, for this happening on my hands and fingers. My hands were really sore and painful; I couldn’t clench my fist and or even hold most things. That night I got prayer from my brothers and sisters, I also received some suggestions from my Discipler about changing a few things in my diet and trying other things and within a week my hands were back to normal. There was no more dryness anymore my skin was moist.
I do want to add as well that I did go to the doctor’s and they gave me a whole bunch of pills and creams to use, I used some of what they prescribed but didn’t use it much. I didn’t need to in the end because I was healed. Hallelujah!
More of Gods Favour & Provision
I’ve just moved into a new house with two other awesome ladies and we are all disciples. When we moved in to the house there were a few problems that we had to deal with. One of the problems was with the power connection. To have it fixed meant that someone would have to come out and fix it manually which was going to cost $150.00. After someone coming out to fix the job he waved the fee and we didn’t have to pay the $150.00 at all. We were all very thankful to the man and of course to Jesus!
Young girls skin infection Healed
A short while ago I was talking to one of my fellow disciples on the phone. She is a long distance disciple who lives a couple of hours away from me here in Manurewa. She was sharing with me about her 4 year old daughter having a skin infection. She had taken her daughter to the doctor and was given a prescription of medication to take. After taking the medicines there was very minimal improvement to her daughters skin infection. So at our prayer meeting I requested this young girl and this sickness as a prayer request for all to pray for her in Faith and in Unity and so we all prayed for her. Soon after this time the young girl was completely healed. Come’on Jesus!!!
The Favour of God in My Life
I want to testify about the Faithfulness of God and His Favour in and around my life. This year I finished my studies to become a registered nurse here in New Zealand. After I had finished I needed a job. I got a job which was all that I asked and believed God for. It was a permanent full-time position. At this job I received favour from God through my boss and the manager at work. They helped me a lot during my application for my visa when I really needed it. I was opposed heaps in the spirit but His favour and Grace enables us to do all that we must do even in the small things. Thank You Lord!
Car Troubles Turned Right Around
My car broke down; we took it to 3 different garages to get a diagnosis of the problem and the financial cost. Two of these garages quoted maximum $1500.00. From what they thought was more than likely the head gasket. So I went away and committed it to the Lord, whilst carrying on with things as per normal. After a few solid months of saving each week, we saved $1500.00. We took it in to get it fixed and this is what God did. The major initial problem was nowhere near $1500. All up to get all the problems fixed was between $550 & $600. Yehaaa! Thank you Jesus, for your favour and provision.
Jesus continues to pour out in an abundance to all those that love and obey Him. Serving Him is so exciting and also being a part of the solution to so many who are dead in their sins is so rewarding. We love seeing God at work in our area and in our lives. I pray you are encouraged and inspired to not waste any more of your life away. Come and live for Jesus and find True Life. The Bible says he that has the Son has Life, but he that has not the Son has not Life-1 John 5:12. Be blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus!!!
Ps Crystal Tuhaka