Friday, May 13, 2011

NZ Missions Meal Plan

Hi friends,

We have something new for you to check out and prayerfully consider - the NZ Missions Meal Plan. It's our effort to both raise the remaining support we need AND build awareness for global missions. Check it out by following the Meal Plan link on the left or just click here. If 124 people can do this, we would be funded for our full 2 years.

All things Easter................

It is so hard to believe that we are into May now!! Our first Easter season in NZ was awesome! It was busy and at times all consuming, but God was in the center of it all! We hope you had a beautiful Easter season celebrating our Risen Savior as well!

The Reynolds are doing really well. Both DaNae and Caleb just celebrated birthdays. We are now parents of a teenager – and a pretty awesome one at that! Having just come through Easter we had an awesome season connecting with our community. Each year, cession has hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and Art Gallery around the Easter services. This year, over 200 people attended our egg hunt IN THE RAIN! Yes, there were times it was down-pouring but people showed up, had fun getting wet, and heard the Easter story shared kids-style. I think the best part was that the rain did let up for only 15 minutes – the 15 minutes we went outside to find eggs!

“Killing Time”, our art gallery was set up using Mark’s account of the passion story and his focus on time. Over 65 people came through to see it. It was an awesome creative expression of worship from artists in our community, a cool way to connect with people near us, and a creative way to walk visitors through the passion story using art as a medium. Look below for pictures to each of these events.

Our efforts with the trust are moving along. Mainly Music (a Christian toddler music program designed to be a non-threatening community activity to introduce faith concepts to families and use music to foster parent/child relationships) is now averaging 45 mums and kids each Tuesday morning. We have a great team connecting with mums each week through this program. We are also in the middle of a discovery process that is helping to focus our efforts to meet needs in our greater community. It’s a great program developed by a UK ministry called TearFund.

As we rubbed shoulders with families in our community last month, we spotted an interesting trend. People who weren’t ready to consider church were craving our community. They were interested in anything we could offer but weren’t ready to check out a service. With this in mind, we are offering a Love Languages course at the end of this month and finishing in June. The interest is crazy – I was just speaking with a woman last week who can’t wait to come and is bringing a friend (as a matter of fact, her whole workplace is coming, all because they started to see the community one person working there had as a member of cession|community). This woman is an atheist/agnostic who can’t stand the idea of church but she loves our community. She’s said, “I wish I could have friends like that.” This event is tailored for folks like her so we can get to know each other.

We’ve also kicked off our NZ Missions Meal Plan. If you haven’t already, check out the meal plan link at the top of this page. We have given this plan to God and would ask that you would join us in praying over it.

We are excited to see what this next month brings as we continue to see Gods hand in everything while we are here. Thank you for your prayers and support. Hitting the 6 month mark is beginning to make us miss “home”, we would love to hear from you and if there is a way we can be praying for you please send it along, we love praying for all of you and it helps us feel a touch of home as well.

Stations of the Cross Photos

easter egg hunt 2011