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You Are Invited! Come and Join the Multicultural Worship

8 March 2014 Multicultural Worship

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:34

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Posted in Faith, pastoral ministry nz

Taking A Reckless Leap of Faith

Bungee Jumping New Zealand by Karl Hipolito
A reckless leap of faith could be like bungee jumping except you’re jumping with one “Mighty Invisible cable”.

Have you ever tried taking a reckless leap of faith?

It’s like the man who found a treasure on a field and hid it; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (Matthew 13:44).

A reckless leap of faith could be an action where you are proving that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

I haven’t experienced bungee jumping but I guess it’s more like it except that you are jumping with one “Mighty Invisible cable” attached.

Today is my last day of working as home support worker of Idea Services.

The home support work was quite a learning experience as it enabled me to work with persons and families around Timaru.

Two weeks ago, I submitted my resignation in favour of working more for the Multicultural Response ministry we have started with Wilson Street Baptist Church and Multicultural Believers Fellowship.

We humbly submit to God’s guidance and providence. Ventures in faith make life exciting.

We have done it before and we have witnessed God’s hand working through Him and His people. Thus, no doubt it will be all right.

If you’re looking for exciting and meaningful life, you are most welcome to also take a reckless leap of faith.

We will soon be announcing how you may be able to work out your faith with us in the Multicultural Response ministry.

Meanwhile, please pray for our faith journey as we take another wonderful and exciting turn.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Bungee Jumping New Zealand by Karl Hipolito

Posted in Living in Timaru, multicultural response ministry, pastoral ministry nz, South Canterbury living

How God Used A Blog Post to Inspire Support for a Multicultural Ministry in South Canterbury

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Wilson Street Multicultural Response
The Multicultural Response Website

Last week The Timaru Herald published “Pastor Spreads Word in His New Business” to highlight one result of the Tell-a-Friend Promote South Canterbury program.

May I share that before any idea of creating Online Writing Niche Ltd. was ever discussed, there’s a far greater undertaking that has unfolded .

Far greater undertaking because one blog post, “Reasons for Beautiful Living in South Canterbury” inspired support for the Multicultural Response Ministry, which I and my wife take part.

Wilson Street Baptist Church, through Pastor John McMullan, Errol James, the Church Elders, and the members, supported the holding of the “Evening of Praise and Worship“, the first multicultural worship ever held on 20 April 2013.

We held the second multicultural worship on 6 July 2012. We have set our sights to holding the third event in November 2013.

The church has considered creating the multicultural response team that will stir up participation in pursuing the ministry vision.

The Lord God touched the hearts of a couple in Timaru after reading the article published in The Timaru Herald titled, “Pastor’s Blog Becomes Ad for South Canterbury. Learning about the ministry vision, the couple committed to giving financial support.

Then we created the Multicultural Response website. When Ross Waugh requested me to work on his website projects, I’m not so adept with wordpress themes, domain hosting and file management.

Thus, the Multicultural Response site became my learning laboratory while putting up online presence for the ministry.

Isn’t it wonderful to see God’s hand working through His people and many avenues? He is always in the lookout for hearts committed and passionate to serve Him.

As the song “Pass It On” says “It only takes a spark to keep the fire going”, I believe that God has more things in store now that the multicultural response ministry is ablaze.

Please don’t miss listening to this lovely rendition of ‘Pass It On’ by Evie Tornquist Karlsson. 🙂

Posted in Faith, Living in New Zealand Now, South Canterbury living

The Glory of God in Jesus Christ Shines Bright in Darkness Always and Forever

 

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:1-3

Darkness may envelope but it actually provides perfect background to see where light is, like this night shot of Church Street, Timaru.
Darkness may envelope but it actually provides perfect background to see where light is, like this night shot of Church Street, Timaru..

 

I heard someone said there’s subtle persecution among Christians today in New Zealand.

Marriage is threatened by the possible passage of the gay marriage bill.

Teenage binge drinking has become a problem and drunken driving arrests have become common.

Following UK and US trend, the cloud of secularism has been engulfing slowly New Zealand society. Some leaders have professed God to be myth, others even stating openly their unbelief.

St Mary's (Anglican) Parish Church looks magnificent at night.
St Mary’s (Anglican) Parish Church looks magnificent at night.

Is there indeed ebbing of Kiwi faith?

In response to ‘darkness’ that appears to be clouding New Zealand, Pastor John McMullan shared Isaiah 60:1-3. He reflected that darkness might seemed immense but actually it is creating a vacuum in man’s heart, which would lead him or her to search and find the Light of God.

Indeed, atheist may bully believers and sow hatred and mockery against the Great Living God but they will never triumph because the light of God in Jesus Christ will never be snuffed out.

Time and again, many powerful leaders tried to cut God but they all have failed.

In fact, the Gospel of Christ has always been so alive and active since the Holy Spirit came to the apostles on that memorable Pentecost day.

As God created man to see and feel, it won’t be a wonder when “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” as darkness tries to envelope the earth.

Indeed, “darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples” but we see the glory of God in Jesus Christ rising and shining always and forever.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jade Mark Jarbadan