Since Advancing His Kingdom Ministries was established and released back in August 2010, we have suffered the death of 11 family members. Most have been older, even grandparents, but others include a baby and a young woman in the prime of her life. With 3 of those deaths occurring over the past 3 weeks, we are more aware than ever that Satan is against the work the Lord is doing in and through the ministry of AHKM. The devil will try anything to silence the uncompromised preaching of God's Holy Word.
Praise God for His mercy, we also witnessed His goodness as 1 of our family members survived being hit and dragged by a freight train, and was released from hospital soon after with only a few broken bones and minor injuries. Another family member was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but was given the all clear and surprised "your prayers have been answered", after the rapid healing following her surgery.
We are more sobered and alert than ever, taking our evangelism with even greater fervency and conviction of heart - even pleading with people to escape from the wrath of God and be saved. Those who have come to Christ, we have endeavoured to faithfully disciple under the whole counsel of God.
This having been said, we have watched several who called themselves "disciples" repeat John 6:66 'From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.' This year we have watched as professing Christian family members and those living under our own roofs, have turned their backs on Jesus and gone running back to the world. Some have been honest enough to admit their love for sin over Jesus Christ and His salvation. Still we can't help but be astounded why people would even consider leaving the salvation of God through Jesus for such temporal things as money, marijuana etc...
We also have watched the ever increasing rise of anger from the religious against us, and we have continued our full frontal attack on this wicked spirit - even designing a Gospel tact specifically to target false Christians in our evangelism. Our efforts have seen us ongoingly contending for the Word with "Jehovah's Wintnesses", Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, and many unsaved religious people.
Having let you in on just a bit, let it be clear that none of this truly surprises us, as Jesus fully warned and prepared us for the trouble we would face in this world. In fact, everything satan has planned for evil against us has only spurred us on to be more faithful than ever in holding fast and uncompromisingly to His Word in Truth and Love. None the less, we earnestly covet your prayers as we continue to fight the good fight of faith here in Manurewa, Auckland, and as we continue to advance the Kingdom of God across all of New Zealand.
That having been said, God has been speaking to us directly about beginning to take a new area in Auckland for His Kingdom in 2012. Please join with us praying for a great building for AHKM's 2nd Church plant, and the finances that will be needed to ongoingly maintain it in the new area God is sending us to. We are VERY excited to continue seeing His Kingdom Advance, to thoroughly evangelise a new area, and to see the kind of fruit we have seen in those saved through our work with the Lord in the Gospel this year.
That is a great note to close on... our disciples... Wow, thankyou Lord! It has been such a privilege getting to know and serve such genuine, humble and teachable men and women of God - as we have had here at AHKC Manurewa this year. Those who have come in and truly surrendered their lives to Christ this year have followed through with all the good fruit the Bible speaks of, and we are VERY excited to see all God has for them in 2012.
Thankyou all so much for your prayers and support, every bit is needed to see this great Nation bow its knee to Jesus Christ!
Huge Blessings, Rev Jac
p.s. be sure to read Ps Linda's November 2011 update in the entry below