We have both had new ministry opportunities over this past month. After finishing a course going through the grand narrative of the Bible called 'The Story' with her small group, Helen felt God was leading her to start an alpha course with this group. Attendance has gone up since the last course she ran and there are a number who are not Christians or are very new Christians and who are very hungry to know more about God and the Bible. Please pray for Helen and her missionary colleague and friend, Gemma as they minister to this group of ladies each Thursday evening. Please pray especially for a close friend of Gemma's who started coming last Thursday, she's called Cari, and is coming with her two daughters Lorena and Sofia. They have been on a journey over the last few months in their spiritual lives, and are very close to finding a new and living relationship with Jesus. They have also accepted the invitation to go on a women's retreat in a few weeks time, which will be a fantastic opportunity for them to find out more.
Meanwhile Steve has been spending a lot of time with the national church board this month. There have been a number of new churches planted in the last couple of years and most of these churches have reached the point where they meet the requirements to become organised and recognised churches with all the rights and responsibilities within the national church.
Steve has been out a lot of evenings meeting with various leadership teams helping them work through this process. Last Sunday was the first official service of many where we recognised and celebrated with one of these churches.
Steve continues to teach his course in the seminary and lead the OMS team. We're exited to welcome a new family to the field this coming month. Please pray for Leslie, Brenda, and their children Darina and Liam as they join us.