34 “Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has given you his blessing. Receive the kingdom God has prepared for you since the world was made. 35 I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. 36 I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’  Matthew 25 NCV

Since I was called and started in the “president” role last month it has been a treat to interact and learn more about God’s people, our Conference, and our communities.  The adjustment for both myself and Pr Hugh Heenan, our new General Secretary, continues and I am appreciating the opportunity to cooperate with God and his purposes for the Church.

Multiplying Ministries

I received an invitation to attend the 5th anniversary celebration of Solace last night at Henderson Church.
Solace stands for
S  ervant of God serving
O  thers first and to
L  ove them and
A  ccept them for who they are and take
C  are of them, and be Christlike living as an
E  xample
Solace means comfort or consolation in a time of great trouble or distress
Solace is a service/ministry by women which aims to provide a safe place for women and mothers to be involved, to be encouraged and empowered.  It targets those who have need for help over a broad range
Solace, led by Lavinia Helu, is carried out by women and mothers, abused and struggling, multi-cultural and compassionate, Christian and non-Christian, privileged and poor, Adventist and non-Adventist
Solace was influential in five baptisms for God’s kingdom and continues to be
Solace is small, focused and a blessing to those involved and those reached
Solace is a wonderful, practical (cooking, gardening, crafts, fellowship, feeding the poor, mentoring etc) initiative and passion of women in ministry
Solace is a powerful picture of who God is and what God gives and does for us – see Matthew 11:28-30

I sat and talked at the feast with Edgar (Mexico) and his baby daughter, and Lucy (El Salvador). They love New Zealand and now call it home. Sally from ADRA and Nigel the Pastor were also at the table. They all appreciate and share the blessings ofSolace.

Jesus our King highlights practical Christlike living as an affirmation of God’s blessing. May we always be blessed to be a blessing and to share God’s solace, hope and harvest in our world of need.

Ben Timothy – Lead Pastor, North New Zealand Conference