Friday, February 25, 2011

Report 25-02-2011

CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE



Yesterday it was a privilege to be in Christchurch to meet with our Pastors there.

From the last report we received, it would appear that one of the Elders from the City Church is still missing, with little hope of his recovery. Our love and prayers go out to his wife Nancy, their family, and City Church family.

Today, the NLT have released $10,000 to be administered by the Christchurch Pastors, who are establishing the West Church's building as a base. From the base we will be able to release aid to families and people in need. We agreed that our specialty is in giving support, and pastoring our community, and we have an awesome group of people who are rising up and are ready to move into the communities around them.

We are now asking every church to take up a special offering this Sunday, finance is required now so that the work can commence immediately. If you can transfer funds through to National Office – Westpac Bank Account - 03-0252-0471095-00 Ref: CHCH EQ – as soon as possible, the team will transfer 100% of that money received to the team in Christchurch.

We will be ensuring that you all are kept fully informed of the progress being made, and if additional needs become known.

We called to be a blessing.

Please ask your people to continue to pray and give generously.

Best Regards,

Bruce

B H Monk

National Leader

ACTS Churches New Zealand

P.O. Box 97-082, Manukau City, Auckland 2241, NEW ZEALAND.

M: 021 594742 P: 64 9 262 1798 F: 64 9 262 1781 E: leader@actschurches.com


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

FANTASTIC HOLIDAY ON THE GOLD COAST

FANTASTIC HOLIDAY ON THE GOLD COAST

Last week 20 members of our family had an amazing holiday on the Gold Coast to celebrate Helen's 60th birthday.

I did join in on most of the rides, but here are two that I just said 'NO' to!!!

WIPE OUT
THE CLAW

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

GOD'S ENABLING POWER


GOD’S ENABLING POWER

The words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 1.12 read; “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he has counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”

Over the years I have watched some church leaders end in a crumbled heap, with a heart disillusioned, and other people around them lacking cohesion and feeling disconnected, simply because the leader is not ministering in their grace.

Paul acknowledged that it was Jesus Christ who put him into the ministry; therefore he could state confidently that it was God who had enabled him, given him the power, sustained him and kept him so he could fulfill the purpose of God for his life.

The words of Jesus in the Message Bible support Paul; “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I will not lay anything or ill-fitting upon you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly”

It is a joy to behold when we see leaders growing in the grace of God in their ministry and reaping the rewards of a fruitful life.

Friday, February 19, 2010

KEEPING IN TOUCH


KEEPING IN TOUCH

This summer holiday season, Helen and I were able to have an amazing break with all our family. 20 of us headed off to two lakes in the centre of the North Island for ten action packed days, filled with all the fun of a typical Kiwi holiday.

Over Auckland Anniversary weekend Helen and I spent three nights cruising around Auckland's fantastic Gulf Harbor, sheltering in beautiful bays protected from the prevailing wind. Helen, very excitedly hooked her first fish, one of which was 2.3 kilos.

Beautiful Sunset taken while out on the Harbor

Helen has just completed a busy week hosting pastors/leaders seminars for women in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Over two hundred women came together for the day in each location. What an amazing group of women God has given to Acts Churches in NZ.

Praise God for Vincent Mills, who has helped me prepare this video so everyone is up to date with what we are doing.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MONEY FOR BIHAR SCHOOL IN INDIA

YOU CAN HELP!!!!!!!

Just over a week ago, I had the privilege of joining my friend Kumar on a journey into Bihar (India). We flew from Chennai to Calcutta, and then travelled 12 hours by train into Bihar.
First Class on a train in India is not quite what I had expected, but at least we enjoyed air-conditioning and a good sleep.

Bihar is not only one of the most highly populated States in India, but also the poorest. The level of poverty, and the lack of education is glaringly obvious every where you look. Recently floods displaced over 1,000,000 people.

On arriving at the headquarters for Harvest Ministries in Bihar, I was very impressed at what
I saw; the layout of the site, its up-keep, the joy and commitment of the staff, and the progress that has been made in such a very short period of time.

The three photos give you a little insight into what I am seeking to describe. This site has a school with 175 student, all from mainly Hindu homes.

Harvest Ministries have now developed three such schools and planted over 40 churches.
I have made a commitment to raise $15000, (NZ) to build two new buildings similar to the building in the middle photo.

If you would like to help, you can transfer money into one of these bank accounts:
New Zealand
Equippers Network International

ANZ 312 Karangahape Rd Newton Auckland NZ 010288-0143691-00

IBAN: anzbnz22


UK

Equippers Network International

Natwest Account Number: 76524302 Sort Code: 60-03-23 Iban: GB74 NWBK 6003 2376 5243 02 BIC: NWBK GB 2L


Both these accounts are Charitable Trusts. Please identify your gifts with the words, 'School Bihar.'


Thank you for your prayers and support.


Friday, October 9, 2009

ACTS CHURCHES NZ

Momentum

Acts Churches in NZ have not as yet broken the sound barrier when it come to measuring the level of our influence on a national level, but we are making a difference, and the sound is being noised abroad that Jesus Christ is in the House. The majority of our churches are growing and the impact of our Movement on an International scale is massive.

RECLAIM AND CLAIM

RECLAIMING

Over the past few years, the NLT has focused on ‘reclaiming our heritage,’ and ‘positioning our Movement for the next generation.’

We have been able to allocate over $600,000, received over the past four years through our National Vision Offering, generously given by local churches and individuals.

Through this resource, we have reclaimed 12 of our existing churches, in strategic locations, and now a positive sound is being noised into these communities and the churches are growing.

With confidence we have been able to empower our youth to reclaim and position the emerging generation, not only to have National but also International influence. The sound volume has lifted, and it is being heard; that Jesus Christ is relevant to the youth of our Nation. The lift in volume is coming through the ministries of Revolution Tour, Branded, Shout Conference and very effective Bible Colleges. As I write this article, I am still living in the overflow of Equippers College graduation the night before, when over 40 students crossed over the stage, having just completed 18 weeks of Bible College.

CLAIMING

When Helen and I planted Equippers Church in London, we were strongly motivated by the thought, ‘every new church claims territory currently held by the enemy and every new apostolic initiative advances the Kingdom of God over the powers of darkness.’

We as a Movement could be embarrassment, by our lack of aggressive church planting over the past twenty years. In the past four years, we have planted only seven churches, all aided by finances from our Vision Offerings, but it is time for those called by Christ as Apostles to ‘Arise.’ It is upon the foundation of Apostles and Prophets that Christ builds His Church.

There is still land to reclaim, but more importantly, its time to rise up and ‘claim’ what God has called us to have dominion over.

JOIN WITH ME, LETS ‘RISE UP AND MOVE.’

Saturday, August 15, 2009

BRUCE AND HELEN'S HAPPENINGS

PHOTOS: Ps Steve Morrison with his mother, father and sister, and a scene from Torquay.

I have been slack in keeping my blog up to date over recent times, so here is a catch up of our activities.

In the latter part of June and through to July the 19th, we were in Germany and London. Ps Jurgen Eisen hosted an Equippers Summit in Celle, and this was attended by about 40 people. This was an impact two days, and a very strong prophetic sound was heard.

On returning to London, I preached at Jubilee Church with Pastor Peter and Jackie Prothero, and attended Equippers 'Big Day Out,' held in Hammersmith.

At the beginning of July, Mark and Monica Collard and their two boys came to Auckland for a month of impartation at Equippers Auckland, so we looked after the churches in London for three weeks. This was a great time, and we did enjoy catching up with old friends, and the lovely people in Equippers London.

Since we have arrived back in NZ, both Helen and I have been very busy. Helen has attended a conference in Melbourne, preached in Equippers Christchurch last weekend, and she is in Napier/Hasting this weekend. We are both also involved in teaching a seminar for two monday nights in Equippers Auckland on 'Relationships.'

I have preached in Gisborne and then last weekend I was with Pastor Steve and Naomi Morrison at Bells Beach Christian Church in Victoria Australia. This area is renown as the surf capital of Australia. Also last Sunday Night I preached at Ps John and Angela Winkler's church in Geelong.

God's loves with an incredible love. We can't win it by being winsome, or lose it by being a loser.
But we can be blind and resist it.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Zealand is Spectacular

Recently Helen and I travelled from Auckland to Levin. (by Wellington) As we drove through the North Island, we were again captured by the beauty of the country.

The sky was clear blue, with the mountains covered with snow, and Lake Taupo shimmering in the foreground.

We could not help but be filled with praise and awe for God's amazing creation.















It so easy to take for granted, the beauty around use. The bible states, 'the earth is the Lord's and the fullness there of.'

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ENJOYING LONDON IN THE SUMMER

Helen and I have now been in Europe for one month, enjoying the summer, and catching with the wonderful church family at Equippers.

Pastor Mark and Monica Collard and their two boys have gone to NZ for a month and currently we are looking after the church here for a couple of weeks while they are away.

Before Ps Mark left for NZ, we both commisioned Stuart Cosstick to give pastoral leadership in the West Church, and this has been received very positively.

Even though we have been busy, Helen and I found time to relax and visit places like Kew Gardens and Osterley Park. This has been wonderful, especially after a very busy past six weeks on the road.

The one area I have felt challenged by the Holy Spirit in, is to simply 'Feed at the Table of God's Goodness.'

Psalm 65.4 Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of your Holy temple.

In Christ, we live, and move, and have our being.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Helen and I are enjoying two days break in Kingston London looking over the beautiful Thames.

We have been in Germany over the past week with Jurgen and Miriam Eisen, and for three days this week we held our European Equippers Summit. This was a significant event with 40 pastors and leaders from mainly the UK and Germany attending.

The Holy Spirit presence was very evident throughout the whole time but especially as we prayed for everyone in the final two hours.

The Church in Europe is rising up to the fresh challenge the Holy Spirit is bringing. 
Bruce H Monk