One of the students asked me a few days ago to pick one word to describe this semester! Often this would be very difficult for me, but this semester was overwhelmingly refreshing and I was able to answer very quickly! Although this semester was packed full of Family Camps, Women’s Leadership Conferences, Youth Events, Church Sports Events and then just your standard Bible College Semester day to day life, it was a time of great refreshment and growth.
The biggest reason for this was our student body. This semester at CCBI consisted of about 30 students that had a huge desire to grow in their knowledge and relationship with the Lord and it was a pleasure to encourage, pray and grow with them. It was refreshing to see so many young men and women with such a passion for God’s Word and to learn how to hear God’s voice and understand His love, will and grace for them. I was encouraged to continue serving in this ministry and pouring out what the Lord has filled me with to prayerfully encourage and inspire these students to continue trudging in their walks with the Lord, knowing Him and following Him.
Our crew for August 2019 Semester at CCBI NZ
Additionally, I was able to lead a team to Calvary Chapel Melbourne, Australia. We were blessed to come alongside the church and run the children’s programme for their annual church Family Camp. We as a team were also able to spend a few days at the beach and doing some practical ministry with the Youth of Calvary Chapel Melbourne. It was such a blessing to come alongside and support the body at Calvary Chapel Melbourne!
The Kids at Calvary Chapel Melbourne during the ‘ROAR’ kids programme
Calvary Chapel Melbourne Youth at Black Rock Beach
Another opportunity this semester included was coming alongside Calvary Chapel Wellington in their annual Family Church Camp. We as a school were blessed to cater the camp, run their children’s programme, and teach the sessions. I was apart of organising and running the children’s programme and it was such a blast!
What’s coming next:
Semester has finished and although it is sad to see our students go it means we are one step closer to launching Cultivate 2020. Cultivate is a two week intensive youth discipleship programme starting this Summer in New Zealand. It is designed to bring young men and women into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, specifically aimed at the youth of New Zealand, Australia and the surround Pacific Islands. I have the incredible honour of being on staff with this ministry. We have approximately 20 students signed up from around New Zealand and surrounding countries to come learn, grow and cultivate their relationships with the Lord this summer. Please be praying as Pastor Jordan Walsh along with CCBI NZ and a few local Youth Pastors launch this incredible ministry here in New Zealand with the hope and prayer to increase the gospel of hope, love and grace going out to our youth.
I will be continuing on staff with CCBI NZ going into 2020 serving in the administration office, worship ministry, in the girls dorm and women’s discipleship class as well as running our Coffee Shop on campus. I am excited to see who the Lord brings to us for February 2020 and how He continues to equip and teach young men and women to know and love Him more.
As well as serving with CCBI I am continuing to serve with Shoreline Calvary as much as possible. I am so blessed to serve in both the children’s and youth ministry as well as be apart of an incredible body of believers. I am overwhelmed with the blessing it is to be apart of a body and serve alongside men and women who I respect, love and am inspired by. Looking to the future I am blessed to be praying and seeking the Lord for guidance of being more involved in Shoreline Calvary Church.
- Cultivate 2020 – specifically for provision for students who have a desire to come, but don’t have the finances, for an abundance of support staff and counsellors and for wisdom for the staff as they begin a new ministry
- Financial provision for plane tickets & fees for Refresh Conference 2020 in Sydney, Australia – we have been asked to run the Children’s Programme for the conference
- Finances for a new car
- Upcoming February 2020 Semester at CCBI NZ
- Wisdom, guidance and provision for the next steps in ministry with CCBI NZ and Shoreline Calvary Church
- Continued financial support and prayers for what the Lord wants to do
I am so overwhelmed and thankful for the privilege of serving our Lord in the ways that He has allowed me to. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to remember that this is my life and I am, by His grace, blessed to serve Him with all that I have! If you have a questions about the ministries I am apart of, Cultivate 2020, CCBI NZ or Shoreline Calvary Church or if you want to contact me for in general please feel free!
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