Well it's great to be back home after spending two weeks with Taua and the girls in the Philippines. We had a fantastic time reconnecting with Ps Edgar and Beth Martin and the Church there. They are doing a fantastic job leading the church and since my last visit they have been very active in reaching out in 3 other locations with real potential for Church plants in two of them. I was very encouraged and humbled at how resourceful the church was in making the most of every little thing they had, nothing was ever wasted. I feel very confident in our partnership with the Philippines church and came away feeling good about our future involvement. I think any resources we support them with will be used to great effect by the leadership there.
On a personal level I was so proud of Taua and the girls, Jessica and Madison. They handled the whole experience so well. Coping with the dramatic temperature change, adjusting to the food, coping with the extended travel and getting over the cultural and language barriers. Our first day the girls were right into it joining in on the Saturday outreach program the church runs, then we visited a couple of family's from the church who lived in very liverish conditions. We were able to hear their stories and pray for them.
In spite of having such a good time escaping the cold, it is good to be home. I'm loving what God is doing in our church. I might be biased but I think we have the friendliest church in the city. I love seeing the joy of the Lord reflected on the faces of our people each time we gather together. I want to encourage you to not let the cold or busyness of life stop you from experiencing the joy of the Lord each Sunday and keep inviting friends along.
Thank you for covering us in prayer whilst we were over in the Philippines, we really felt it and felt God use us over and over again.This Sunday is going to be great we are starting a short 3 week series called "REVISION" looking at why we as a church exist and why your life matters so much to God.
See you this Sunday, bring friends.
Nu and Taua Telea