Since August the prophetic words have been coming thick and fast that AHKM is heading into a time of testing and trials as the Lord tests the hearts of the disciples. It has been both scary and exciting as God has been (and still is!) taking us each through the fire and burning off all that binds us. We believe this season has been significant in laying a strong foundation in the lives of those in the Manurewa church, preparing us all for the new stages of God’s plan for New Zealand. God has been building a great love for His Word into the church and we have been treated to a season of awesome teachings from our Senior Ministers on topics such as biblical discipleship and righteous judgement. We have also commenced our second round through our official ‘Foundations Course’ on Saturday afternoons, which comprehensively teaches nine foundational doctrines of Christianity. It is clear to us that God desires to grow disciples into maturity fast in this nation as there is so much work to be done in saving the lost and bringing the existing religious circles back to the Bible.
We have continued to hit Manurewa hard with the Gospel and just received our second order of tracts since we have been in New Zealand. That means we are close to having distributed 20,000 gospel tracts to souls since January! God has told us we have ‘gutted’ this place with the Gospel and we are to keep going in obedience to His Word. It never ceases to sadden us that in a city with so many churches there are so few faithfully evangelising the lost. As we have already shared on this blog many people here claim to be Christians but live watered down, defeated lives, and others have been turned off hearing about Jesus from witnessing this powerless religion. In this context the Holy Ghost led us to use the purposely provocative title ‘You Can’t Handle the Truth’ on one of our new tracts and ‘Do You Really Love Jesus?’ on the other. The second is aimed specifically to help the religious see the Bible says they need to repent of hypocrisy and start really living for Jesus. It is our prayer that whole churches and movements here in New Zealand would turn from their compromise and come back to the Word. If every church in this country became zealous for the Jesus of the Bible this nation would be ablaze!
People continue to respond to the Truth on the streets and in our church services. We had one young man walk into a service ‘by accident’. After realising he was in the wrong place he continued to stay for an hour and a half, and then left to pick up his friend and brought her back to meet us! We found out afterward he was actually a young Mormon aspiring to be a missionary. A 12 year old girl came to church for the first time and decided to give her life to Jesus. On the Thursday she came to the prayer meeting where she was baptised in the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. She has been speaking in tongues since. Another young girl made a decision for Christ in one of our services and was baptised in the Holy Ghost on the alter call. A man’s hands were prayed for at a church service, and were healed from ongoing stiffness and locking. He testifies that he has had no pain or stiffness since the healing (over four weeks ago!). Another man had a sore tooth which was painful when he clenched his jaw. He was prayed for at Bible Study and testified that the pain completely left. A disciple saw a man with a limp walking down the street and so crossed over to pray for him. After prayer the man was asked to move around and do something that used to give him pain. The man found he could now walk backwards and forwards without a limp! He was so excited he slapped his leg but could find no pain. The man testified ‘I can’t believe it, I’m healed’.
The disciples here always have so many testimonies of God answering prayers and moving in their lives. Here are a few more: A five year old boy was reading the Bible and worshipping with his dad (who is a disciple at AHKM) at home when he unexpectedly burst forth in tongues and was baptised in the Holy Ghost. The boy testified at prayer meeting that he loves Jesus. A disciple who had lung problems from years of marijuana abuse has been healed from pain when he breathes and swallows. A family who has been going through a rough time were blessed when they won an all-expenses paid family holiday to the Gold Coast for seven days. A disciple who has been seeking work was given a job he really enjoys. Another disciple prayed for work that would give him weekends off and was offered a new job the same day. The new job also pays him a lot more. A 12 year old boy prayed for provision for his family’s bills and the family received an unexpected cheque the following day. Lastly a young lady who was believing for a supernatural childbirth safely delivered her first baby. When she arrived at hospital found out she had already dilated to 10cm at home without any problem. She said she felt her stomach tightenings were more frequent and intense but she was not in agony like had been described to her! Jesus is alive and is moving in the people of New Zealand!
On a fun note, we had a blast at a homegroup free night this month with a theme dress-up night… everybody came dressed up representing their homegroup - A or B!!! it was hilarious – check out some photos below J
Thanks for your love and prayers and we pray you too are encouraged to give everything for Jesus! He is SO worth it.
Love from Ps Linda in Manurewa and AHKM.