I pray this message finds your hope and faith anchored in Jesus.  Much has happened since March 15 but we’ve come this far by faith.  We’re also now able to get back on track with some of our planned initiatives for the year.  Many are actively engaged with the community at large establishing new relationships.  We continue to work closely with the response network.  Being involved has given us greater access to those affected.  I’m also very thankful for our Teachers, Chaplains, Ministers and Bible workers.

All have pulled together and are going the extra mile.  In situations like these, responders are often affected so they will undergo mental health first aid training shortly.  We’re also thankful to the youths and parents who joined us for Global Youth Day.  This has led to other ministry opportunities.  Praise the Lord for His leading.  As disciples of Christ, we need to be growing more and more like Him.

The Apostle Paul provides good counsel.  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:3-5 NLT).

This all starts with us accepting Jesus into our hearts.  One of our young ladies was in tears as a result of her interactions with some kids on the weekend.  She had no idea that some of those she worked with actually lost loved ones at the Mosque.  God go with you as you allow Him to use you however He commands.

– Pr Mike Sikuri, President, South New Zealand Conference