Archive for May, 2009

Greg & Angela Kemm

May 1st, 2009

CP: Can you give us a highlight in your family lives since you where with us a year ago?

G&A: We went to Cape Town in December last year and enjoyed glorious sunshine and Christmas lunch in the ‘open air’ on a Wine Farm. Our whole family were together for the first time in quite a while. A real highlight!

CP: Has much changed at Churchcentral since your last visit?

G&A: Yes it has! We found such an air of maturity over the whole church and this has nothing to do with age. People, generally, seemed to have developed greatly in their relationships with God. And there’s such a hunger for God that it makes it a joy to be with you again. We really enjoyed seeing spiritual gifts flowing so freely at the Sunday service, and trust that they are being used in the week as well..

CP: You travel internationally. Where are some of the places you have been in the last year?

G&A: Besides two trips to Cape Town we have also ministered in two Newfrontiers churches in Denmark and two in Sweden. We’ll be back there this year again, as well as helping the embryo of a church plant in Antioch, Turkey.

CP: What do you miss most about being away from home?

G&A: Our family and friends, long uninterrupted spells of sunshine and the vibrancy of the various cultures. Having said that, we really enjoy being here as well!

CP: What do you enjoy most about ministering in local churches?

G&A: We love the Church and know the power and effectiveness of the local church to change society and bring hope. So we really enjoy helping to build confidence into people to know their authority in Jesus and their ability to advance God’s Kingdom wherever they are.

Freely You’ve Received

May 1st, 2009

At a significant point in their time together Jesus taught his disciples a very important lesson. He’s just told them that he’s going to send them out on their first mission. In his pep talk, he tells them that their lifestyle should be characterised by generosity : “Freely you’ve received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). When we consider the subject of giving, our minds probably immediately turn to thoughts of money. However, Jesus wasn’t primarily talking about money here. Giving involves much more than cash. It means living our life for the benefit of others. We’ll give love, time, forgiveness, prayer, effort and, yes, we’ll also give money.

Now when it comes to financial giving, very few of us are in the happy position where we can spend or give without any thought about whether we can afford it! So, if we confine our giving to what we can afford, the chances are that we won’t give very much at all. But the Bible offers a very different prospect. Our giving isn’t to be governed by what we can afford; rather, it’s to be shaped by what God wants us to do (Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-11).

I’ve been blown away by the generosity of the church here over the last 12 months. Thank you so much for your faith-filled giving! As many of us are tightening our belts in the light of the current economic climate I want to encourage you to keep obeying God, trusting him to continue to supply all we need so we can continue to be generous!

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