The New Zealand Worship Mission
Have you ever stepped into a moment when you realized that a part of your life was destined for a certain person, place, or time? In November of 2013, I stepped into one of those moments. It was in New Zealand; a place I had never been and had only ever dreamt of going.
I went for four weeks, and it was a wonderful but challenging trip. In true Jesus form, every difficulty was met with redemption and I was extraordinarily blessed to have met some incredible people along the way. I had before me a new opportunity to take part in watching God restore and renew the lives of many people through music and worship. Something that never grows old.
Through the perseverance came an ease of delivery when I ministered, and a unique awareness that through my walk in life, I had been given something for these people. It's like having a small piece of your heart roped off for some reason, and then you realize, it was for this place, and these people.
It's hard to explain the privilege you feel at different times in your walk with the Lord. It can also be perplexing. You find yourself saying "Lord, you want to partner with me? Me!? Really?" There is always a cost to be taken into account, but the reward both here and in eternity, far outweights any sacrifice. I have and continue to count it all joy.
It's soon to be November again, two years later, and I have been invited back to New Zealand. So one month from now, in obedience, I am headed to minister through worship and speaking in different parts of New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and beyond.) I will also be leading worship and speaking at the Pursuit Worship Weekend at Papamoa Baptist Church in Tauranga, a place that my heart very much connected with two years earlier. The door opened, and I walked through not knowing how everything would play itself out, but that is faith, saying yes and then trusting in the unknown parts.
A few people have asked how they can be a part in sowing into this trip and into New Zealand. In full disclosure, I am looking for help from those who have a heart to sow into and assist me in making this ministry tour as successful as possible.
My plane ticket has been covered to get to New Zealand, but as you know there are many many other costs associated with traveling and with ministry, and so I am asking for assistance from those who felt led by Holy Spirit. Some of those costs include (baggage fees, technical equipment, food, in country travel expense, band members, bills at home, etc)
God is fully able and capable to do far above all that we could ask or imagine. And that has been playing itself out in my life since I truly began to follow Him at His word. I committed that wherever He would lead, I would go, and now my steps are leading me back to New Zealand for 35 days.
I will be leaving on October 20th and will return on November 24th. Even if you do not have fund to give, I earnestly ask for your prayer covering while I am there. Jesus is the answer for every need and every person and every heart, and my purpose in going is to create space for Jesus' to come in power and minister the love of Christ to the Kiwi people.
For those of you partnering with me on any front... thank you. It is a humbling and reassuring to know that I have friends both near and far, surrounding, encouraging and uplifting me as I set me feet to walking out the dreams in God's heart. This is the journey. He loves the Kiwi people, and will I go as an ambassador and expression of that love that was nailed to a cross and covers me to this very day. It's the common bond we share with every human around the globe, our need for Jesus' sacrifice.
I love you all,
So, the minimum has been met and words will not suffice in expressing my gratitude. Thank you! As we enter into above and beyond territory, I welcome you're donations if you have yet to sow into this mission, as it will be a tremendous blessing to this nation! I have extended the goal for those that still wish to be a part of this! Thank you again, much love,
It’s not always easy saying yes and it can be a shaky thing to put yourself in a place of complete surrender before God. For me, it’s not a major obstacle to trust God individually with five weeks of my life or financial provision, traveling overseas or speaking at a conference. But, combined those things together, and it can get overwhelming. But, look at what God is doing. Many times people have prayed "over and beyond" what is needed financially. I'm blown away at God's goodness being displayed through you guys.
We are all very capable of disqualifying ourselves from use in the Kingdom of God. On our own we are never really qualified to do much of anything, but through the blood of Jesus we are redeemed. And along our way we obtain badges of understanding and perspective that prepare us to be able to say yes to God when the next season arrives.
So, I hope that my journey inspires you, and I just want to take a moment to thank those of you who have given. You are helping to see the Kingdom of God expanded here on the earth, and you will be reaping the rewards of this mission right alongside me. THANK YOU!
Please share this on social media if you would just to help. I have a little ways to go until we enter the "above and beyond" part of this fundraiser. You are all incredible. Thank you!
There are millions of Christians around the world that still do not know that Jesus wants relationship with THEM! Yes, Christians. It is a revelation and a truth that too many of us, including myself, take for granted; but it's a truth that I long to see made reality in the lives of both believers and unbelievers alike.
I am believing this trip is going to be an extraordinary trip to the nation of New Zealand, as I thrust my energy into shoring up and edifying believers around the world, and reaching out to those who have yet to hear the good news. And, it is VERY GOOD NEWS! Jesus is not only madly in love with you, but He died so that they might live!
So, let's keep on keepin' on. If you're willing and lead to give into this trip financially, THANK YOU! And please share/like/tweet/message, whatever it is that you do to get the word out. It all helps. I am a simple man that has been massively impacted by the Spirit of God, and I just want to create room for people to have an encounter with God in worship that leaves them in wonder of HIM.
Love you all, thank you again.
Plans are shaping up well for New Zealand. I am solidifying more dates and by having no "honorarium" your donations are making the path clear for me and my team to minister wherever the Lord leads and there will be no up front financial commitment for these churches. So, from the bottom of my heart thank you. I'm believing that we will reach the goal and beyond so that all that is designed for these 5-weeks will be accomplished.