And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(John 1:14-17 ESV)
The past couple of months included the annual staff retreat at Zula Lodge in Wanaka, and it was a real blessing that this year Nicola was able to attend as well. It is amazing to see just how rapidly the Lord is growing the work he is doing here in NZ through the ministry of CMNZ.
The historic building in Waihou where Jesusrules Ministries meets
The annual staff retreat at the beginning of the month was quickly followed by the chance to speak in Wellington at Vivian St on Joshua 5. Then I had the chance to travel over to Wainuiomata and speak there for two Sundays in a row. We looked at the events of Acts 9-11 especially Saul’s dramatic conversation and Peter’s role using the ‘keys of the kingdom’ to open the doors of the gospel to the Gentiles.
My colleagues, Teresa and Michael Thomas, also stopped off on a whirlwind tour to present an evening of prayer and worship at my home church.
Towards the end of the month, I flew up to Auckland and after attending my first board meeting for Ariel ministries. I then travelled across to Waihou just out of Te Aroha. It was a real privilege to serve the saints there and see how God has been working to reopen the doors of the historic church (see photo), which is now being used by a group called Jesusrules Ministries. They had only been running for a few weeks when I arrived to speak on “Messiah: Prophet, Priest & King”.
Then in the afternoon I travelled over to Waihi and spoke on the “The Gospel in the Feasts” at the Salvation Army church in Waihi that evening. I experienced great hospitality at both venues so a big thanks to those involved in helping organise these events.
I had the opportunity to speak at my home church for two Sundays on the ministries of the Holy Spirit. It was encouraging to get feedback that people were really helped in their understanding of the assurance of their salvation through this topic. Then the following Sunday evening was spent sharing a Gospel message at the Newtown assembly in Wellington. It was a real blessing to be able to take Sam Matla (Grandson of Fred Matla) with me to Newtown to share his testimony. I know that the folks there who knew Fred were really encouraged to see someone from a younger generation being willing to serve the Lord.
We would love to come and share with your home group about the ministry of CMNZ or bring insights about how the Scriptures point to Jesus.
- Pray for Nicola and the family as I will be away over two weekends in November. Pray that the Lord might provide through his peace and in other practical ways.
- Pray for us as we work through the various aspects of having children with autism so that we can ensure that both Levi and Emberlea get the best possible support.
- Pray that God might provide an increase in resources so that we can continue to spend more time serving him with CMNZ.
- Pray for the Lord to raise up suitable people for a small support team to provide accountability and support for the ministry work that Nigel is undertaking in the North Island.
Currently, Nigel is able to be supported for 25 hours a week by CMNZ, as long as God raises up those who will support this work financially. Are you interested in supporting this vital ministry? You can safely donate by direct bank payment, cheque, or credit card. Please choose Nigel Christensen as the Special Designation. All donations will be receipted by CMNZ, and are recognised by IRD for tax credit.