OIF Newsletter Spring 2019

Hi everyone

You can tell by the warmer temperatures, the rain and the abundance of pollen, that summer is on its way! New life is bursting out all around us, and the ‘Outward in Focus Mobilisation Team’ (OIFMT) are resetting our strategy for the next five years.

At a recent meeting we did a SWOT analysis of everything that C3 City Church Tauranga does that is ‘Outward in Focus’, and there were many things to celebrate. We run several trips a year now. The budget grows; the people pray; leaders are trained and there is a growing awareness of activities outside our church walls that we are specifically involved in. We identified some weaknesses and several key opportunities.

Everyone in the church has a part to play in God’s great plan of redemption. In our recent Kairos course, there were several mothers of small children. Whilst acknowledging that this is an intense and long-term endeavor that requires most of their energy, I have suggested a variety of ways that each could still be involved. One small example: I have had a ‘missionary’ garage where I stored valuables and/or furniture for missionaries - saving $120 per week in storage fees.

Sharon Hough has just returned from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for Orphan's Aid International. Vanessa Bishop was in the Solomon Islands at the end of September using her IT skills to bless the Pirinis and their organisation. Every bit helps.

Recently someone from another church asked me if we have a group of people that pray for us when we are on Short Term Trips. Whilst acknowledging our specific prayer meetings and prayer ‘chain’ people, I was delighted to say that our whole church prays. Our members might be physically out there on overseas missions, but you all play your part by praying for them.

Keep up the good work.

Together making God famous

Robyn Hamilton

UP COMING EVENTS

DECEMBER

  • Gifts for kids
  • Christmas Boxes

Local Mission Reports

We are continuing to provide help to many families through our CAP Debt Help and are now offering CAP Release Groups to help people with breaking addictions and life controlling habits. 

mainly music is run in our Tauranga and Coast locations and is attracting good numbers at both groups. We recently held our annual Father’s and Family Night in Tauranga. This is held  in the early evening so that the children can bring their Dads and other siblings too.  We ran a short mainly music session and then had a pizza dinner and dessert together.  We had almost 100 attend this event this year.

Our City Church Kea and Cubs groups are thriving under the leadership of Kevin Dwan and his team of leaders.  Numbers of kids attending are up and a Scout group (11-14year olds) is in the process of getting underway very soon.

Global Mission Reports

Below are snippets of the latest reports. To read them in full, click on the heading and you will be taken to the official PDF report.

Pastor Tom sends out a big thank you to C3 City Church for taking such a big role in making possible what they are doing in Northeast India.

In this July/August newsletter are some of SIOL happenings. These include

  • An update on the latest upskilling seminar for SIOL Alumni
  • A report on some work done by one of SIOL graduates, which includes a church building project that needs prayer
  • Future plan for SIOL and what specifically we can pray for.
Students

In their July update you hear about Mt Hope that has just entered into their new school year this July. You will also hear about

  • How inspiring the recently converted are, who have just joined the teams at Mt Hope and Tawangmangu.
  • Prayer needs including finance to complete the new primary school at Mt Hope and the new university building at Tawangmangu. The project is moving forward very slowly due to lack of funding

In this update we hear about:

  • Danielle and Lily Gordon's trip, in May to Uganda.
  • Also in May, a new intake of 19 families started the family preservation and strengthening programme with their social development team.

The Imuka programme has now equipped over 140 families representing over 500 children.

In this update we hear about

  • Friends and Family have been visiting
  • A successful healthy eating and nutrition project held over August
  • The Wednesday evening Children’s ministry that has started up again, with great response seeing more than 50 families come on the first evening.

Let's celebrate with Mrs Chowdhuri as CDC reaches its 40th Year running.

In their newsletter you will hear about

  • Their 6-month Leadership Course taking on 16 new students this January
  • How CDC is helping their community not just spiritually but in  practical ways too

Max and Dorothy have spent a couple of months working here in New Zealand.

In their May newsletter you will hear about their

  • Simply Mobilizing (SM) Global Region Conferences, held this year in East Asia, South East Asia and Europe. These conferences varied with sessions on mobilization of churches, diaspora, youth and mobilizers as well as introducing their new SM courses.
  • Global Development Consultation which is an annual SM event. It draws in key leaders from global regions to focus on the SM Vision and 2020 goals.

In this update you will hear about

  • Their latest Fiji Outreach with C3 City Church which includes some great testimonies about healing and salvation.
  • A great summary of their journey thus far through their time with YWAM Marine Reach, their time as missionaries in Fiji, through to now where they are serving at YWAM Furnace.

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