Prayers and praise

(Apologies: I cannot give out names due to privacy concerns.)

Exciting testimony: During our orientation meeting in the city, we were able to hear the testimony of one man who has been coming to the City Bible Forum for over five years. He said, ‘I have floated for the past few years of my life. I came to your talks and enjoyed the discussion, but was not ready to commit. Then just a few months ago, I crossed the line. People ask me how I know so much about the Bible when I talk to them about Jesus. I can tell them it is because of all I learned at your talks.’ Now, he is a volunteer in the city and goes out and does regular street evangelism with our team.

Ladies in Investigating Christianity: I am teaching a weekly Investigating Christianity Study (ICS) inside a large corporation. It is a course that talks about Who is God, Who is Man, Who is Jesus, and how to get Right with God. Two of the ladies are so intrigued and keep asking many of the difficult questions. ‘How can you say that Jesus is God? Why is Christianity so different and show me how it is different from other religions, etc’ Please be praying for them and their acceptance of the Lord. Also, they would commit to a Bible Reading Group at their local offices.

At Glorious Hope Baptist, ACTION DAY. We will be doing a ‘Clean up Australia Day’  of our community with the Urban Fight Club. It gives us a way to serve our local community and come in contact with many of the people we are trying to build relationships with in the community. Pray for our safety, strength and opportunities to talk with many who will be helping during the day.

Exciting days. Great way to start the new year.

Thanks for your support and continued prayer.

Russ and Cathy

Fires and new initiatives

Thank you for your continued prayers. It is an exciting new year for us in Australia ’09. Yet, as many summers in Australia begin, this year has been extremely hot (40-44 degrees Celcius). With extreme heat comes forest fires and unfortunately loss of life and property. Please be praying for the victim’s families of these devastating fires as they continue to burn in Victoria. Thank you for all of the enquiries, but the worst of the fires are about ten hours away from us. New South Wales (our home state) has experienced fires, but in the outer portions of the State. No one has been hurt in NSW. Our family is safe and a cool front has come in this week. So, our request is that you continue to pray for the people of Victoria, Australia. Through this tragedy, God would be glorified.

Additional prayer requests: New Initiatives

City Bible Forum: We will begin a new season at CBF and the first series will be Connections for Life. A look into the first four chapters of Revelation and how people can have life in Christ. Our usual attendance for CBF can be approx. 150-200 with 40-50% being non-Christian. Pray for great attendance and many non-Christians would come to hear this year’s series. Also, many would come to a realtionship with Jesus.

Investigating Christianity: (evangelism) I have started a new class in the city. We have eight people in attendance and five of them are non-Christian. Please pray for the class and that people will come to have a relationship with the Saviour.

Glorious Hope Baptist Chruch: (Church) We have many new initiatives at the church. Changing things around for the congregation to attend an additional prayer meeting, new kids outreach programs and Helping Hands (caring for the needy in our community).

Urban Fight Club: (Mentoring) This month we will be having an Action Day within the community to assist with cleaning up the community for Australia clean up day. Next month will be a movie event, showing the ‘FIREPROOF’ film for the community.

An exciting new year and we look forward to all the Lord has planned for our family. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

The adventure continues…
Russ and Cathy Matthews