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600 miles down the west coast of the South
Island and said he went through town after
town and in most he did not see one church
of any kind. I told him, “You probably saw all
of them then.” On the previous Sunday he and
his wife were in a decent-sized city and went
out to find a church. He was told there were
only two churches in town and neither of them
was meeting that week. They only met once or
twice a month and are not the kind of churches
that would preach the Gospel anyway.
New Zealand’s great need is for more churches
to be started all across the country. Over the
years we have prayed for laborers. We rejoice
that BIMI has several new missionaries who
are joining in the work. Devin and Amy Frost
arrived earlier in 2017 and
are working in a church
about five hours north of
us, with a goal of stepping
out and starting a new
church. Jerry and Dawn
Judd have just arrived
back in the country after
being away for a few years.
They are working in a new
church plant on the North
Island. Sam and Juliana
Hutchens have completed
deputation and will be in New Zealand soon.
Praise the Lord for new workers! That is an
answer to prayer.
We now serve in the city of Dunedin, near the
bottom of the South Island. We began with
one man. In order to build a church in New
Zealand, one needs patience. The work is often
frustratingly slow. We must take the time to
build relationships and simply love people.
Some mission fields have people who respond
to the Gospel in big numbers. This is not that
type of country. People are reached one by one.
We never have someone who comes to us from
another Bible-believing church because there
are none anywhere near us. We either lead
people to the Lord or see people come from a
wide range of church backgrounds who have to
be taught sound doctrine.
Over the years our church has met in various
rental facilities. We were
able to use the rental hall
on Sundays, carrying in
all of our songbooks and
supplies week after week.
Everything else during
the week was centered
around our house. As
numbers have increased,
this became more difficult.
Our people have faithfully
given to missions while
at the same time putting
money into a building fund with hopes of
buying their own building.
When I think of
I think of people
need the Lord—
people we love.
The greatest need a missionary in New
Zealand has is for faithful prayer warriors.
New Zealanders, known as Kiwis, are a very
stubborn people. God is the only one who can
break through their hard hearts.
When we started our church on the North
Island, we had times when there were just
a handful of people but that made it all the
sweeter when we saw someone trust Christ and
follow Him in believer’s baptism. Much of our
work on the North Island involved ministries
with young people. We held Bible Clubs
several afternoons each week that gave us the
opportunity to reach them. Then we were able
to visit and get to know their parents and invite
the whole family to church.
Earlier this year we had a wonderful answer
to prayer—we were able to buy a church
building! Even better, we were able to pay
cash! The building is quite simple, but it is a
wonderful tool that we can use for the Lord.
This moves the work into a new level as it
gives us a permanent location that is known
throughout the community. We are now seeing
the answers to many years of prayers. These are
truly exciting days!
We rejoice in the new workers who are coming
into our country, but truly, there are so many
more who are needed. Please pray for those
who serve the Lord all across New Zealand, and
pray that God will call more who will join in the
work. There is so much to be done here! W
Number 3, 2017