Monday, July 17, 2017

Hero Headquarters and God's Garden

We must tell you that our time here with the team in New Zealand has been quite extraordinary. And yet, that is what we have come to expect from the Lord: unique and wonderful things!

  Each evening we have enjoyed genuine fellowship with one another, sharing deep parts of our lives, touching heaven while on our knees in prayer. Each day is filled with fun and meaningful work, new friendships and exquisite scenery.

Today "Captain Chad" , "Acrobatic Alison", "Magnificent Megan" and our superhero teammates made an appearance at "Hero Headquarters". 

23 children ages 5-14 were in attendance, having a blast with silly songs, engaging Bible stories, and heaps of messy crafts, snacks and games. VBS has been a blast so far!

Our little worship facility was filled with people from all over the world.  Who'd have thought that in 4 hours we'd get to rub shoulders with children from India, England, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and America! It is like a slice of heaven.
Day 1 was a huge success and we are anticipating two more days of great encounters with our ultimate Hero: God!

After a busy morning with the kids, we enjoyed a delightful respite in perhaps one of the most picturesque settings in all of Northland, "God's Garden" at the home of our dear friends Noel and Annita.  They have transformed 18 hectares of native New Zealand bush into a place of peace and refreshment, complete with a handmade water wheel, fruit orchard, outdoor sanctuary, floating tree house, and countless areas to hide and collect one's thoughts. 
What a great way to end the day!

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