Distance Discipleship is the department of AHKM responsible for reaching out to people who are hungry for discipleship across NZ, but do not live within reach of a Biblical church. Many people come through our existing churches and make decisions for Christ and then go back to their home-towns. Others have heard testimonies about discipleship, and they too want to follow Jesus and get on-fire in their faith. For all those who cannot find a local Biblical ministry to get under, AHKM provides the Foundations Course on DVD to teach basic doctrines, and a minister makes regular contact to answer questions and encourage them in their faith. Both AHKC Gisborne and AHKC Levin began with a small group of distance disciples, so it’s exciting to see how God provides for those who seek Him!
So, here’s the latest news from Distance Discipleship:
A lady living in the Bay of Plenty region is continuing strong in her distance discipleship. She was raised in the Christian faith in another country but testifies that only since being discipled she has experienced her own real relationship with God. She has completed the Foundations course which helped her flow in tongues and other gifts of the Holy Ghost, and now has daily time in the Word and prayer. She is heavily opposed for her faith by her immediate family who are powerful members of the Sikh religion, but she testifies that discipleship has helped her stand strong and believe God for breakthrough in her family. Right now she is working diligently to become proficient in English so she can witness to others in her home town.
A couple from the Hawkes Bay region recently began the Foundations course on DVD. They have both made commitments to Christ in the past, but have never been pastored and grown up in the faith so ended up in a cycle of sin and trouble. Due to trouble with the law they were forced by the Police to leave their hometown for 2 weeks. They arrived in Gisborne with nowhere to stay and no money for food, but God miraculously provided both AND a Gospel Force soldier on the streets to preach to them! J They immediately wanted more of Jesus, and visited AHKC Gisborne meetings where they recommitted their lives to Christ. Upon returning to their hometown their three month old baby became urgently sick and was flown to hospital. After initial bad news from the doctors, saints across NZ prayed, and baby was eventually given a perfect bill of health and released from Wellington Hospital. Jesus is King! The couple testified they have never felt so much love and support from God and His Church, and also that their marriage has been healed as they read the Bible together. God has also recently provided housing for this family. Woo hoo!
Lastly a young man from the South Island was picked up hitchhiking and brought to an AHKC Levin meeting. He recently committed his life to Christ during a time in jail and was astounded at the prophetic words that were spoken over his life during his visit. He had been living with a friend who had also had a radical conversion to Christ, but neither of them had a minister discipling them. He testified that he needed a new start with Jesus and wanted discipleship. Upon return to his hometown he has stayed in contact with AHKM ministers and is hoping to settle closer to a Biblical church to support his walk with Christ.
Please keep these guys in your prayers as they stand for Jesus all across NZ. Also, anybody reading who is in NZ and wants to be biblically discipled, feel free to contact the ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org