|"GRACEVINE" Newsletter - June 2002 |
What a joy and a privilege to send you another edition of our monthly newsletter! I could literally not wait for the first working day of June to share with you again. You are very special and thank you so much for being part of a winning, and most dynamic team!
I have included below "The Power of Goals" which we were blessed to receive from a dear friend of mine, Dr John Higgens. I met John some years ago at a Leadership Training conference - he is a dynamic man of God who has been blessed with much insight and wisdom. I trust you will also be encouraged as we were, here in the Regional Office when reading this short teaching on goals.
To understand the power of goals, we first have to understand the difference between "PURPOSE" and "GOAL".
HARVEST REPORT - APRIL 2002 Number of people reached (homes visited): 73,833 Number of pieces of literature distributed: 108,135 Number of salvations: 58,845 Number of Christ Groups (Churches) formed: 218 Number of Churches involved: 1,390
We rejoice and say ... "Look what the Lord has done!"
Matthew 12:21 - In His Name the nations will put their hope!
The Anglo Africa team want to glorify the Name of Jesus throughout our region, to all peoples, cultures and nations. May every nation fix their hope on Jesus and gain a fresh perspective of God as their loving and compassionate Father!
The Reporting Prize for April 2002 has been awarded to our Focus Leader in Northern Namibia, Pieter De Villiers (and his dear wife, Ursula). We praise God for these two precious people, and for their most exciting and informative Publication, & Prayer and Praise reports.
We appreciate your tremendous work and efforts in your area - God bless you both. We wish you well with your plans for the Lord, into all of Northern Namibia and Southern Anglo
STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH IF WE KNOW THAT WE CAN DO IT BETTER! (with the Lord's help!)
REGION/LEADERS UPDATE:- (Don't forget to share your news - amongst others, your events diary/family news) with the Regional Office so we can, in turn, praise God with you in your joys and also lift your needs up to the Lord).
Please pray for Sydney Thomas' wife, Musu, who is undergoing medical treatment. Sydney is going to accompany her to the US and they will be there for about 3 weeks. Sydney is our national leader in Liberia. He has appointed an interim national leader (Pastor Rueben Logan) for the time that he is away. Thank you brother Rueben for assisting our dear brother Sydney at this time.
Cleopas recently had his home burgled while he was away on a trip. We praise God that his wife and children were not harmed, as this took place in the middle of the night when they were alone at home. Please keep on praying for Cleopas, Sarita and their three children.
Please continue to pray with us that God would give us wisdom and the 'inroads' as to how we, as the Regional Office, can do everything possible to make a difference. You have received my communication last week in this regard. If you can assist us with information of who we could contact, let us know. For those who have already responded, thank you for the information, we will look into this.
MONTHLY REPORTS - to all our leaders, there are some aspects of reporting that we need to discuss once again. We would like to ask that you take careful note of the following points, and make every effort to comply with our requests.
Please see the monthly Statistical, Financial and Prayer & Praise reports as a 'package'. If any stats are mentioned in the prayer and praise items, these need to agree with what is in your statistical report - this is most important, please.
Lastly, I cannot stress enough how much we need you to assist us with this aspect of our Region's activities! When the time of the month comes around that you begin to compile your reports, please don't just view this as a 'job' that needs to be done. Place your previous month's reports on your table, consider them as you do the current month's, and seek the Holy Spirit's guidance with the selection of prayer and praise items, publication material (when you publication report is due), and also that you complete your statistical and financial reports accurately! I would like to suggest that you put aside some time and take your conference file and read through it again, especially the section giving examples of reporting.
I trust that you will "read our hearts" as you are reading this newsletter and do everything you can to meet us with these above requests regarding your reporting. Thank you, each one, for what YOU are going to do in 'steam lining' this most important part of our ministry. How you 'tell-your-story is how we can tell your story world-wide! Assist us ... to enable us to assist you!
In closing ...
We, as Christians, are Christ's ambassadors, with the duty and the privilege to preserve the Christian faith in even the most negative and difficult circumstances. When every decision we make is centered around the leading of the Holy Spirit, we cannot be anything else but positive! And in so doing, we will uplift the spirits of those around us - so they too will become positive witnesses in a negative world!