I have just returned from Holland and France, and while there I believe we made History… A dream was seeded 28 years ago, of a Church Planting Training Centre (CPTC) where students graduate when they have been involved in planting a church. This has now begun in Terneuzen, Zeeland, see the website for more information www.cptc.nl.
It kicked off with 17 students – and it is likely that at least 3 churches will come out of this intake. We also began with a church planting conference. CPTC was nothing less than brilliant. The laughter, prayer times, presence of God was very evident and presentations were excellent. I felt the smile of God.
A cake at our CptC Launch featuring some of the lecturers.
It was great to be with VCI churches in Terneuzen with Cors and Coby Ephraim, and Joa and Thirza Ephraim. Also in Oss, with Christiaan and Jedidja and in Arras, (North France) with Irene and Paul. Most of the churches are putting plans in place to plant churches in nearby towns and cities. We had another VCI all-in-day in the OSS Church. It was great. This is where we connect with all the church leaders and others aiming to partner with us. Christiaan Bakker and Joa Ephriam led the day, both have an incredible apostolic gifting. It’s simply a joy to see people excited about His call on their lives, connecting with those of like mind and catching the multiplication DNA.
Now, I have a number of NZ speaking engagements in late October and early November, then its back on the plane on 8th for Manchester, UK.
- I’m speaking in one of the new Ivy Church plants. Ps Anthony Delaney and the Ivy Church team have become encouraging friends in this journey of church planting. They are a unique church that is aiming to plant many churches. Ivy church is also hosting “LAUNCH” www.launcheurope.org Launch is a National and European focused church planting conference which I’ll be speaking in. Please pray.
- After LAUNCH, its onto Zottegem, Belgium for the second Church Planting Conference on the 18th November; hosted by local Belgium and Dutch leaders and in partnership with VCI. I am believing for this to be a key time sowing seeds into a very needy part of Europe. Please pray for this.
- Then to Ireland with some of the the Elim church leaders talking about… you guessed it – church planting!! Please pray.
I arrive back in NZ on the 29th Nov. It’s very encouraging to see doors opening and addition happening. My sense is that before the end of 2021 (I’m giving myself space here) we will see multiplication begin.
The new church that we have been involved with, Hope Chapel Cambridge is progressing well and is building month by month. We meet in the Ignite Arts Academy at 20 Milicich Place in Cambridge, New Zealand on Sundays at 5pm. While it’s a great venue it’s getting too small, so we’re on the hunt for another space.
Thank you once again for those who pray and support. You are making a difference. A special shout out to those who have recently sponsored books and travel…thank you!