Thanks for your patience over the last few months. It has been an exceptionally busy month with personal events and ministry.
We are grateful for all of your support and prayers. Russ had a bit of a health scare at the end of April and ended up in the hospital for a bit. Due to some irregularities in his heart rate and an abnormal ECG (EKG in the US) the doctors had to find out what was causing some of these health issues. After a few stressful weeks of tests, monitors and a shaved chest (Ouch! One of the most painful parts of the experience), the diagnosis was he has an athlete's heart (slightly thickened walls of the heart, due to regular exercise) which threw the ECG out of whack and stressful lifestyle. So, some healthy evaluation of lifestyle issues is in order, but all things are back to some level of order. We will keep you posted.
We have tried to keep this as a private and personal matter, but thought it would be worth asking for prayer. Thank you for all who have been involved in the process.
In amongst all of this and other personal challenges, we had a multitude of ministry situations come up. We are praising the Lord for these great opportunities to share the Gospel in some unique areas.
It has been an exciting time at RHBC. We have been having multiple guests every week at the church as we are working through the Gospel of John.
Not only are we seeing new families and individuals, but they are staying to make this church their church home. In this we are seeing growth in all of our home Bible studies which means the leadership team is having to consider some of the upcoming challenges of church growth.
Please pray for Pastor Ben Kwok and the leadership team as we plan for 2017.
We had a great series in June called 4 difficult questions /4 confronting answers. We saw many people engaging with the Gospel of Luke and new people coming along each week.
Also, the Bible studies in John at Westpac Bank continue to see many enquirers (Those who do not know Jesus, yet) coming along to learn more from the Gospel of John.
Please pray for the upcoming Forum series: Four Hard Truths That Will Set You Free
We live in a world that tells us: you can do anything, be anything, believe in yourself, and all your dreams will come true.
To be blunt this is nonsense and makes for a world of disappointment and frustration. Jesus tells us some hard truths about life, and reality and yet ironically, embracing these truths will give us freedom and joy.
The Sydney Prayer Breakfast is an annual event for Christians to pray for the city of Sydney. Every year we have seen growth in this fantastic and encouraging event. We had close to 930 people come to the full room at The Westin.
The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens, gave a great talk full of wisdom and insights into our world.
Please pray as we prepare for next year as we hope to get closer to 2000 attendees.
Please be praying for the team that will be joining us in August for the our national mission, city ministries, scripture classes and church events. We are thrilled to have the team along to serve in this exciting mission field.
Pray for their planning, their health, adapting to the Australian culture and for many opportunities for the team to engage with people with the Gospel.
We are so grateful for their sacrifice to come and serve. Please be praying for Jay McFarling and the whole team.
Thank your your support and prayers. Please be praying for these events and more opportunities in the future.
The adventure continues... The Matthews