Prayer Update (Oct-Nov 2011)

Hi friends!
I have just come back from 2 weeks holiday and feel really blessed. I have a great family and it was awesome to spend some quality time together. A big thanks to Sam Hilton (Hunter Bible Church) and Connan O’Shea (Northern Lakes Evangelical) for preaching at CoastEC the last few weeks. Sharon and I were also blessed by the huge generosity of whoever paid for our time at Geneva Refresh (a 2 day conference in North Sydney, for couples who’ve planted churches). Now we’re back on the ground and excited to be serving Jesus in Forster where we are seeing God gather His people together and build His church. Please keep praying for us and for the spread of the gospel in the region.
Your brother, Chris (on behalf of CoastEC)

PRAYER POINTS...
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Baptisms…
We recently baptized 4 of our members down at Main Beach. It was an amazing day of testifying to God’s grace and celebrating the work He has done in their lives. I will never forget the hug that one of the blonde teenage girls (Sharon) gave the elderly Aboriginal man (Terry) when they were both coming out of the water having just been baptized into the same faith. God not only reconciles us to Himself, but unites us to each other. How beautiful is the gospel! (Watch a vid of Kayla's testimony here)

Scripture…
We have just finished teaching the yr 7 students at the Tuncurry Campus. Praise God for the way the school worked with us, and for the positive response of the students (like Jordan, who shared with his teacher that he’d become a Christian). Pray now for the word that was sown to take root in their hearts and for many more to come to faith and get established in a church or youth group where they can keep growing,

A steady trickle…
Praise God for gathering more people to Himself! We have a steady stream of visitors checking us out, and a constant trickle of people joining the church. It’s brilliant to see new people welcomed so warmly, and now there are nearly 70 adults and 40 kids who call CoastEC home.

Need more leaders…
We are feeling stretched in regard to our ability to disciple the growing number of people. We basically need more people involved in leadership and discipleship ministries - for home groups (bible studies), youth ministry (especially guys) and children’s ministry. Please pray God would raise up more leaders for this work. Pray for us to identify local people to train or for other mature believers to move to town and partner with us. (Maybe you?)

Youth…
Praise God that ‘Dudes’ (youth guys bible study group) has kicked off. Pray for Evan as he leads, and for the guys to grow. Also praise God for the growth of Grommets (yr5-6). The girls have grown spiritually and in number. Pray for the boys community to grow too. Pray for good rest for leaders during school holidays.

Another Service...?
We’re currently meeting at 5pm (which is hard for those with young kids), so we’re praying about starting another service next year at Easter – which would take us to a 4pm and a 6pm timeslot. Ask for God’s wisdom and timing, and for Him to establish committed core groups for both services if it's His will, so we can get the ball rolling. Pray also for wisdom as we work out the best venue (and for it to be made available to us).

Ministries…
Pray for Ruth as she oversees our ministries. Pray for new members of church to discover & use their gifts to faithfully serve God and build others up by finding an appropriate ministry team to serve on. Please also ask God to raise up someone to oversee our sound ministry.

Finances…
Praise God for meeting all our needs so far! Thank Him for the generosity of His people – both individual donors and partner churches (like The Point Community Church, Maitland Evangelical Church, EV church, Lakes Evangelical, Northern Lakes Evangelical and St Matts). What we are doing would not be possible without this support. Our goal is to become self funded, and we are about half way there regarding current costs. But as we grow, so will our expenses (like hopefully employing another pastor in 2013). Please pray for our Admin Committee as they work out our budget for next year and beyond, and that God would keep providing the funds we need. (If you’re interested in partnering with us financially, head here )

“I thank my God every time I remember you…because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”

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