In Psalm 25:8-10 it says: Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
It was wonderful to be able to pray for our kids on Sunday. So many children all over the country are heading back to school for another year. There they will be taught, challenged, stretched. They will have great wins and successes; they will see disappointment and even failure at times. But it will be a year of growth and change for each and every one.
It will also be a year for our teachers to inspire, challenge, stretch the minds of our children. As they navigate their way through course curriculum they will encounter moments for learning, moments when the light will go on in the mind of a child. They will also experience the disappointment and struggle of a child. This is part of what it means to be a teacher in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
I heard it once said that being a teacher is great but being a compassionate teacher is better.
God is not just our teacher but he is a compassionate, loving teacher. In 2020 we all like so many children will be challenged stretched, we will have great wins and successes and we will experience disappointment and even failure. But don’t forget our great teacher is a good teacher. He is loving and compassionate in his ways. He will be kind and loving as he teaches us his ways. And when the light finally goes on he will be there to celebrate with us. Let the lessons begin and enjoy the journey.
“You don’t change the world with the ideas in your mind, but with the conviction in your heart.”
-- Bryan Stevenson
Good News from the Philippines. The Volcanic Emergency warning has been downgraded to a level 3. This means some evacuees will be able to return home. Please keep praying for Ps Edgar and Beth and the Elim Bauan family.
Also lots of exciting things coming up this Term.
Have an amazing week. We love and appreciate you guys.
Nu and Taua.
Happy New Year Church!
I hope you’ve all had a great break or are having a great break with family and friends. Taua and I and the girls have had a great time away visiting family and enjoying the sunshine and down time. But it is good to be back.
I get the sense we have shifted another gear. I loved seeing everyone again on Sunday and being able to worship together in our own church. I know we are about to see some of the things we've been praying for come to fruition this year. So prepare to be blessed. God is good and he is in control.
I am so excited about this year. I know we are in for another big year with our new Campus and Ps Phil and Bronny back to help lead this.
We have a lot of great things coming up this first term. So get your diaries out and take note of these dates.
Some of you would have heard the news about the Philippines. I am going to reach out to Edgar this week and get an update on how things are for them but please keep praying for the Church and for Edgar and Beth and the City. They need all the prayer they can get.
For those that are interested in supporting the people of Batangas, I’ll have a clearer picture of the needs once I speak with Ps Edgar but we will definitely be planning to do something so I’ll keep you updated via our Facebook page.
God is in control. Our hope is in the name of the Lord.
Have an amazing week and keep looking for opportunities to be a blessing.
God Bless, Nu and Taua Telea.
Well what a weekend we’ve just had with Aaron More at Burnside Campus and Ivan Wong Kee at City. We were just so blessed by the word that each of them brought around the sermon series “Jesus Said”.
I’m so excited by what I’m experiencing at each campus. I see new excitement and anticipation in the atmosphere. A sense of the Bigness of God about to explode over our Church. I love how God always has the final say. In the beginning He spoke and things were made, in the end He will speak and establish his rule and reign for all of eternity. But between these two points in time, God continues to speak. He speaks life over us, promises over us, truth over us, freedom over us.
There’s nothing that God cannot do with a word. One word from God is all we really need. I want to encourage you to allow God to continuously speak into your situation. Let him be part of your daily life and infuse you with faith, hope and love. The Author and Perfector of our faith, Is constantly writing the word on our hearts. Its truth strengthens us, sustains us, keeps us moving forward and giving us courage to try new things.
Thank you God for your Word, both spoken and Written. May it forever change us and set us up to live out all you planned for us both individually and as a Church. In your wonderful name. Amen
Let me share some amazing news. We are now up to 120 Christmas Boxes purchased for our Christmas appeal. We still have 3 weeks to go to reach our target of 200 boxes. We will be taking up a special Christmas Offering on the 15th of December at our combined Kiwi Christmas Celebration. So if you haven’t already done so why not by a box for $30.00 and bless a family this Christmas.
Speaking of the 15th of December we are having a Combined service celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ at our 9am and 10.45am services. This is a combined campuses service at the City Campus so plan to be there and bring people and let’s enjoy these services together.
Please keep praying for our transition in one Church. We are doing so well in connecting. The staff have been amazing at both Campuses. I want to thank every staff member and those who help make our Church what it is. You are all amazing and I know God is with us, guiding every decision and every step.
This Sunday we start our new series “Choose Joy” as we step into this new month. Why not invite someone to one of our services. We promise to always give an opportunity for prayer and for Salvation. You never know, this Sunday could just be the one that that loved one you have been praying for makes a decision to follow Jesus. Have a go and see what might happen.
Have an amazing week. Be a blessing to someone. See you this Sunday.
Nu and Taua.
I hope you’re all enjoying this weather! I love Summer. Time to get out the shorts and Jandals and head for the beach. It’s a great time of year.
Firstly I wanted to say thank you to everyone that supported the Light Party on Thursday. It was so great to see kids enjoying themselves, families connecting and those Star Wars guests were amazing. Thank you to Richard Kenny our amazing intern. You and the team were amazing.
This is an update on what is happening so you are all in the loop with the Campuses. On Sunday I was with our Burnside Campus. It was my first Official Sunday as the Senior Pastor of Burnside. I spoke on Legacy of Freedom and had a great response to the message.
There is a great feel in the place. A lot of people have been waiting for change and I think they are excited about what is happening.
So my schedule over the next two months is to alternate between Campuses each Sunday. I’ll speak at Burnside one Sunday then at City the following. Along with this I’ll spend Wednesdays at the Burnside Office to be a support to the Campus and staff there.
I’ll still be available to the staff and Church if needed. I know this will be for a short time and so I don’t see any major issues. To be honest the team at City are so good at what they do I sometimes just end up getting in the way.
I love how God thinks and how he acts. Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “ declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts then your thoughts.”
I’m so encouraged and challenged by this. Simply put “God is in Control”. He knows what He is doing. I just have to trust in him to lead the way. How awesome and scary is that!
This Sunday I know will be one of my most favourite Sundays of the Year. Ps Murray Robertson from South West Baptist is speaking. Ps Murray is a living legend and a statesman for the Kingdom of God in Christchurch. He has, over the past 30 years, Mentored countless numbers of Pastors from multiple denominations in Christchurch as is a great source of wisdom and support for me.
Do whatever you can to be here this Sunday at our City Campus, Ps Murray is an amazing teacher of the Word so bring pen and paper to take notes!
Finally, with all the changes and increase of responsibility in my role. I’m going to need more people to be praying for me. I want to thank those that currently do cover me and the family in prayer, you have been amazing and we have felt blessed. But I know I’ve got to go to a whole new level so with this in mind. I need more people to be praying for me. So I’m calling on anyone in the Church that would like to sign up to be regularly praying for me and Taua and the Church. Could you please contact me on Faamanu.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to a regular email that I’ll start producing.
We are in for great things because we serve a great God.
As promised here is my update on where things are at in the Philippines while it’s still fresh in my memory.
As mentioned on Sunday we started our journey 5 hours North of Manila in a place called Zambales. Warren Kemp has been supporting the church there along with Burnside Elim for a number of years. So it was good to see the church in person. There’s a building project there to build a new Bible College with accommodation and all the facilities. Unfortunately the project has been stalled by lack of funds. It’s uncertain how the project will be completed at this point.
As we were having lunch the Pastors Mother in Law popped in to say hello, after talking for a while I prayed for her and the power of God fell on her, she began to speak in what I thought was Tagalo but her daughter said it wasn’t. In the dining area this 70+ year old woman was baptised in the Holy Spirit and was speaking in tongues for the very first time. That set the tone for the evening meeting, Warren and I both preached and then prayed for people. The Holy Spirit fell again, people were falling all over the place, tears, Words of prophecy, words of knowledge were flowing. The meeting scheduled to start at 7pm didn’t finish until 11pm. Wow! That definitely wasn’t planned.
The next day, I travelled with Edgar back to Manila to preach at a very well-known Church, Living Epistle. Led by Ps Glenn Isaguirre. Again I preached and prayed for a people, in particular I felt I had a word for the Worship Pastor, the second I give it he’s in tears. God is so good.
I spent a few days with Ps Glenn getting to know him and his wife. They have such a testimony of faith. They have built a school for some of the most poorest families in their community. I spent the day serving in the kitchen, preparing food ( a miracle in itselft), feeding he kids, attending the classes and visiting the home of one the families. Sharing with the staff.
I also visiting a t-shirt factory owned by a Christian businessman. Every Saturday they have a paid Bible study, so I was able to share with them and pray for them while they were still on the Clock!
From there Warren Kemp joined up and we travelled through to Bauan, Batangas where Edgar and Beth have their church. Things have changed since my last visit. We ministered their for a week, visiting homes, outreaches, speaking at leaders meetings and other church gatherings. I am pleased to report the Church has grown both numerically and Spiritually. They are so hungry for the presence of God. it was great to see.
The building itself is looking great. So much has been done there since my last visit. The three rooms off to the side of the church have been completed with air-conditioning units a must in 40 degree heat. Also Bathrooms for the Church and guests, a prayer room. The next project is to start building the kids space to accommodate the kids that gather each Sunday.
What was really pleasing to see was that the Church has organised and raised funds for one big air-conditioning unit to go in the main auditorium and they are working at funding two more units. They ar taking real ownership of their situation and doing their part in building their Church, Amen!
So the main purpose of the trip for me was to officially make LEOJCC a partner Church of Elim Church Christchurch City and they will be known as Elim Church Bauan. This means we now have a Church family in the Philippines!!
God is so good. We hope to set up a page on our website with updates from Edgar and Beith and the Church soon so that you can keep connected to what they are doing.
Also, I’d like to send two teams over to visit the Church so pray and ask God if you are meant to be on this trip. It will probably cost you between $2000.00-$3000.00 NZD for the entire trip including food and accommodation.
Thank you so much for you prayers and support of our trip. Please keep praying for Elim Church, Bauan. Thanks to Mel and Taua for looking after things back home while Warren and I were away.
This week, I travelled to Wellington to speak at Elim International Church for good friends Ric and Marissa Knott. I shared there a message that had been on my heart for a while and that I had shared in our Church.
In this message I talked about the two types of prayers we commonly pray. The first one is “intimate” prayer. This is helpful for making our requests known to God. We are intimate with God and as a result we grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We fall more in love. He hears our heart and we hear His. It’s a beautiful thing that can take place any time of the day. Morning, noon or night depending on your preference and circumstances. Intimate prayer builds you up, makes you stronger.
The second most commonly used prayer is the prayer of "Intercession". This is not building us up but about building up those around us. This is no longer about strengthening our own lives but the lives of those around us. The prayer of intercession is about standing in the Gap for another.
What I have come to realise is that when we prayer prayers of intimacy we are wanting to “receive from God”, but when we pray prayers of intercession we are taking from God. We are pulling down, grabbing hold of, connecting ourselves to something greater.
Intercession is about moving from prayers that start with the phrase “Dear Jesus” to prayers that start with “In the Name of Jesus!” Intercession is about standing on the authority and power you have in Jesus and speaking from that place. Intercession is powerful and bold, it knows no limits, it has no boundaries.
This week I want to encourage you to grow more disciplined in the area of both Intimate and intercessory prayer. Keep Asking God for the big things you are believing for. Personally I’ve seen God move again and again that you will not be able to convince me otherwise.
Our God is a big God, nothing is impossible for him. Let’s keep going in prayer and see what the Lord can do.
John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my Name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”
Ps. Nu Telea.
Well yesterday we as a staff were able to hand out 200 packets of hot cross buns to people and homes in our immediate area. To be honest we could have done with another 200 packets. Most people that we encountered really appreciated our small act of kindness. We were able to get into the apartment block near the church and were welcomed by the staff that worked there. They were totally blown away by the simple gesture. We were also able to leave a whole tray of buns for Christchurch City Mission and bags at YWCA. They again were blessed by the small act of kindness, I think Taua and Robyn even managed to get their photo taken.
I met a couple of men walking near where we were standing, I managed to give them a bag and talk to them a while and invite them to our services. One said he had heard of Elim and that a relative had invited him years ago. He went on to say it was very timely and that he may just turn up.
As we walked around our neighbourhood, I was again reminded of the great opportunities there are around us. So many people are living in the inner City and we as a church in the City are positioned perfectly to make a difference in the lives of those people.
Over the next few years, more and more apartments, town houses and homes will be built all within a stones throw of us. I’ve heard it said there were plans for up to 20, 000 people to be housed in and around the City. We have a great opportunity to really reach out to these families, students, young couples and people of all walks of life right here where we are. We are in Exciting times!!
Let’s keep praying for our Church and our influence into this city. The bible says in Luke 10 “The harvest is plentiful, but the worker are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. God is calling us as his labourers out into the harvest field. It’s through our prayers and skills and talents. Through our giving and serving, our sacrifice that we will see many come to salvation in Jesus Christ.
I am absolutely convinced that we all have a part to play. Each of us has a significant role in order to achieve our goal.
Let’s partner with the Lord and see the breakthrough we are believing for.
This weekend: We have a Combined Elim Churches Good Friday service. 10am here with hot cross buns and hot drinks after the service. As this is only an 1 hour service, Powerzone will be operating with kids going out straightaway.
Then make sure you are back on Sunday for our Resurrection Sunday Service. So much to praise God for. So much to be thankful for. Let’s join together at 9am and 10:45am services and worship our risen Saviour.
4-5 May: Ps Becs Green from Elim Christian Centre, Botany will be with us. Bec’s and her husband Steve lead the largest Elim Campus in Auckland. She is a dynamic speaker and will be speaking at the Girls Night on the 4th of May and then at both services 5th of May.
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua.
We are excited to announce Taua Telea as our new Pastoral Care Pastor! Check out the video below to find out more.
I often reflect back on how I got to the position I am in. I look at all the milestones and intersections. Decisions that were made, mistakes I’ve regretted making and one of the things that has had the most impact on the choices I’ve made has been the people around me.
I’ve been blessed with really strong mature Christians, both men and women, who have invested into my life and helped in my Spiritual formation. Without these people giving sound advice, standing with me in prayer or opening the doors of opportunity for me to step through, I’m not certain I would be here today.
When you study the life of Christ and his ministry to the world, two things will stand out. Firstly, his intimate relationship with God. He had such a strong bond that allowed him to face challenges and trials and overcome them all. Secondly you see his deep desire for his disciples. He brought them close to him. He taught them, corrected them, basically for the three and a half years of his ministry he “did life with them”.
As with everything Jesus did, he gave us an insight into the life we’re called to live. We are called to “Do life together”. It’s in these relationships that we can grow in God. we’re challenged, encouraged. We have people standing with us in our time of need and we can stand with others in their time of need.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
At Elim Church we emphasize the Connect groups because we believe it’s the place where a lot of growth takes place. You are taught, challenged and have people standing with you.
This Sunday we’ll have a Connect Group sign up table in the foyer. Head there and sign up to be in a group this year. You can try a few groups until you find the one that works best for you. But the key is to get connected.
Let this be the year where Spiritual formation and growth happens in your life.
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua Telea.
Firstly what a great service we had on Sunday with Ps Jennifer Wilkinson preaching a great message called Unexpected Blessings. If you missed it or want to listen to it again download our app – Elim Christchurch - from the App Store or go to our website – elimchristchurch.org
This week I’ve been reading through some of the Psalms. The book of Psalms is such a great source of inspiration and encouragement for your soul. It carries such a powerful anointing to lift your sights and see the bigness and goodness of God. It reminds us that God is near and not a distant God. That he cares about what you are going through. And it reminds you that there is hope and comfort in Him.
Here’s a great example of what I mean. Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
Start your day of the right way and get into the word of God. Maybe start with these words from Psalms 91 and meditate on what it really means for you today. God is on your side, in Him you will find peace.
In an ever changing World, God remains the same. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Enjoy your reading!
We are so excited about this year. We have a lot planned for term one. But here are some things you definitely need to know.
Have an amazing week. Rest in his presence often and know that our Father in heaven is in control.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Blessings Nu and Taua.