The Church: ALWAYS triumphant
Rev Stan Harvey
Overseas Missions Director
While the world continues to grapple with the persistent effects of the pandemic and, with our gatherings being restricted, it is encouraging to see the way our Churches have adapted. Many around our nation and beyond were not able to have face to face services and so they were forced to go online, using various platforms that were for the most part free of charge. Not used to having virtual meetings, pastors and churches were compelled to find a way to continue to encourage their members and stay connected. This was a blessing to see online, on any given Sunday, so many of our Churches worshipping the Lord and preaching the Word of God with fervour.
Another blessing was although we could not travel to our foreign fields, yet the Australian Church has stepped up in a big way to assist with those in need. We were blessed to see such generous giving recently for the Timor-Leste flood appeal. Thank you to all those who gave. Despite the restrictions and even though some have attended only sporadically since our Churches have reopened, yet God continues to add to the Church. Many have been saved after getting onto our services and various online promotions and throughout our country, people are coming to know the Truth.
Overseas, we also have continued to see the Church working together to minister to others in times of great calamity and challenges and souls have been brought to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Finally, in the last 18 months of uncertainty and anxiety, the Church offered a voice of hope, optimism and courage, all because this is God’s Church and we know that there is only one God and His name is Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God because no matter what is going on in the world, the Church will be triumphant. Hebrews 12:22 declares that we “are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels”. And in verse 28 we are reminded that “we have received a Kingdom that cannot be moved”. I love the verse Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God who ALWAY leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place”. Let me just reiterate, God who ‘always’, not sometimes, not occasionally or every now and then, but
ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ.
What an assurance from God!
Glory and honour to our great God.
Yours for Missions
Br Stan Harvey
One of several Baptisms in the town of Quelicai,
Timor-Leste floods brought devastation across Dili and many regional towns