Greetings Church! We hope and pray you have had a good break over Christmas and have begun the New Year well. Amanda and I were grateful to have some leave over Christmas to catch our breath. We spent some time in Vietnam and spent Christmas Day in Hanoi. We attended an international fellowship in the morning with people from 55 nations present. It was a wonderful time together and only the 2nd time Amanda and I have attended a Christmas service together in 20 years where we weren’t leading it. Mind you, we were a bit late due to a rogue Uber driver and we ended up having to sit apart!
Among many highlights in Vietnam was spending a day with a very special group of local Christian people involved in a prison and drug rehabilitation ministry. The ministry is led by a good friend of Pastor Khoi’s, Pastor Trung. Trung is himself an ex drug addict who had his life transformed by Christ and now goes into prisons to help addicts. They have a beautiful rehabilitation centre and church about an hour from Hanoi. We did some preaching and music ministry at the centre and in a prison and were touched to see how God is working through this ministry.
As we look ahead to 2017 I would like to share with you the 3 things on my heart for my own life in the form of a prayer:
Lord, keep me from doing harm;
This is the passive side of love and we need to walk gently with ourselves and others with the aim to do no harm. Paul states in Romans 13: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law…Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.”
Lord, help me to do good and be good;
There is an active side to love too and that is the will and intention to do good. In Titus 2 Paul states that Jesus gave himself for us “to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Lord, give me clarity to know my purpose and your will.
This may look different for each of us, but nonetheless, every follower of Jesus is commissioned by Jesus when he said: “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This is our purpose – to bear witness to Jesus.
We look forward to the beginning of our 6th year with you at KBC.
Nicholas & Amanda