“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’”
(Jeremiah 23:5-6 ESV)
Nicola and I would like to start by thanking all of you who have supported us this past year, whether that be spiritually through prayer or practically through providing resources needed for the ministry work. Another year has passed by, one from which we can reflect on the increase that God has given. In 2016 there were in total 22 events (mostly speaking in churches) which were opportunities to serve through the ministry of CMNZ. In 2017, that total was reached by the month of June. So it is probably no coincidence that in the following month we were able to start receiving 25 hours support a week for this role from CMNZ. At the end of 2017 there have been just a little over 50 events in total. All this is to say there is much to praise the Lord for!
This month we saw the Lord answer our prayers by providing for a successful movie night, with close to 150 people attending. The film In our Hands: The Battle For Jerusalem was well received with many saying it really helped them to understand the historical context of the events that occurred. Towards the end of the month, we had the first of the four CMNZ Simcha conferences in Auckland, with an opportunity the following day for me to speak at Bombay Presbyterian (a church which is over 150 years old). My topic was the Jewish wedding and how this helps us to understand the distinctions between Israel as the Wife of Jehovah & the Church as the Bride of Christ.
The team completed the final two Simcha conferences in Palmerston North & Wellington. I was privileged to be able to speak in Palmerston North on Daniel 9. The following weekend I was in Wanganui giving a teaching series on Christ our Passover, looking at how the Spring Feasts point to Messiah’s first coming, the first Passover of the Exodus, and the last Passover of Messiah (the Lord’s Supper) prior to his ascension. Thanks must go to the kind and generous folk in Wanganui who helped set this all up.
Next year we expect to see further growth, as, Lord willing, at the end of January we will be running a booth at Festival One. Also, in February we start Part One of the Life of Messiah series on Sunday nights. On Mondays we will be starting Hebrew classes for beginners (kindly being taught by Glen Haddon). Then on Tuesday nights we have Israeli dancing, all being hosted by Coast Community Church (my home church) in Paraparaumu. In addition, the Lord has graciously provided a sponsorship for me to attend Camp Shoshanah in the USA in July and August of 2018. I was privileged to have attended this camp back in 2014, and I am really looking forward to the chance to return to enjoy the fantastic teaching and fellowship.
Speaking; Daniel 9 Learn it, Live it, Share it.
January 14th 10:00 am, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Speaking: Worship Transforms our Everyday Actions
January 25-29th, Festival One, Mystery Creek, Hamilton
February 11th 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Life of Messiah Part One starts (runs for six weeks)
February 12th 3:45 – 5:00 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Hebrew Classes for Beginners (begins) with Glen Haddon
February 13th 7:15- 8:30 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Kapiti Israeli Dance Group – every Tuesday during the School terms.
Celebrate Messiah has events scheduled all over the country, and new events are added continually. Check out our calendar for upcoming events that may interest you. You can filter the results to find events in your area, and subscribe to be notified of new events by email.
Praise the Lord for his many answers to prayer including the movie night.
Pray for Nicola’s mental and physical health, especially in light of the fact that Nigel is due to be away in the States for 6 weeks midway through 2018.
Pray for wisdom that we don’t add anything that shouldn’t be included regarding the ministry work, or avoid anything that should be included.
Pray for wisdom as we prepare to run the CMNZ booth at Festival One. As this is the first time that Nigel has even attended this event there will be a large learning curve involved.
Praise the Lord that we have much to look forward to in terms of serving him next year, with the Life of Messiah courses, Hebrew classes and Jewish dancing all in place.
Pray that the new government will have positive relations with Israel and that there will not be any negative impact on the current work visa exchange scheme that NZ has with Israel.
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.