Friday, October 18, 2013

Instalment 2 of Kayla's Story

My last Simple Church Letter was the story of our 15 year old granddaughter and her "Jesus at School" (JAS) activity. And I've never had so many heart-felt responses to a SC Letter. So, I'm sending instalment No 2. I didn't ask Kayla for this next email, but as you will see, her enthusiasm for Jesus just overflows.

I must admit that I'm not a fan for praying the so-called sinners' prayer. But I cannot deny that the Holy Spirit is at work through Kayla's God-given desire to see her school mates won to Jesus, and to assist them experience God. In a situation like this, I can leave the results of Kayla's ministry with the God who is so much greater than any of my reserves.

Hey!

So crazy things have been happening in my school since my last email.

This school term started last week on a Tuesday, which meant JAS group was on
the first day. About 7 people showed up and I introduced something new. I
made a 'prayer request box'. Many requests went in that day and we prayed
over them together. Me and my friend explained how prayer is so powerful and
I used Jasmine (my cousin) as an example - how she use to be a wild child yet nan and pop never gave up on praying to God about her. I shared about how she now loves God and her life was forever changed only few years ago due to nan and pop never giving up on prayer. Anyway, during the week me and my friend would pray and believe for these requests to be in Gods hands. We have this
box in every week.

My friend and I decided we want to fast every Monday for JAS group. So
yesterday we fasted from when we woke up till we got home from school.
During recess we handed out invitation cards to JAS group and at lunch we
prayed for our school and the for the prayer requests. Also my Muslim friend
prayed for her English to get better! She didn't really know why we were
fasting and drinking water. She said you're not allowed to do that during
Ramadan! We explained to her that it's about leaving the distractions and
instead of feeding your self with food we are fed with the Spirit of God by
praying, reading the bible and trusting in God.

WELL, today was the second JAS group of the new term. And woah can I tell
you I am excited to write this paragraph! Ok, so as soon as I walked in the
room today and set up everything a guy that put a request in about his
physically and emotionally unwell dad said to me "My dad is now HEALED, so
thank you so much"!! I told him, the requests were in Gods hands and the
glory is to his name!

NOW: today around 30 people showed up!! I was speaking on the 'Broken being
Chosen'. As I did the alter call  I said, "If you are broken right now or
feel life is so dark and you think there is no hope and you want to live for
God who gives you a HOPE and LOVES you endlessly and you want to be
forgiven, put your hand up". To my amazement 20 HANDS WERE RAISED! 1 of
those hands was my Muslim friend!! They repeated the prayer after me and I
told them what this prayer and decision meant and they were over the moon!
Me and my Muslim friend prayed together again because she wanted to. She
wanted me to pray that she could live like Jesus Christ. How he was
forgiving yet didn't need to forgive. Loving yet was unloved etc. She said
she wants to pray with me everyday about this.

It's so crazy how this group has worked out. To my amazement the people that
show up open my eyes. Like from the beginning this girl has come. She is
pretty much a bully. I can see the insecurities in her life though. She says
that this group makes her so happy. I think that her attendance reminds her
of the LOVE Jesus had towards those who were cruel to him! She is one of the
many who raised her hand today.

Also the guy who wrote the request about his dad. Many people don't like him
because he is also a bully. He has come since the start and he is also one
out of the many who raised his hand today.

I'm really in awe of what God is doing in my school. One thing I am proud of
is that, although it took a lot of effort to start this group - look at what
Jesus is reaping now. This is the least I could for him because he never
gave up on me.

I can't encourage people enough to gather to share the gospel and their
testimonies because this is how salvation starts. I really believe that from trusting in God that history won't repeat itself; that the generations to come will rise up and praise God. That people won't be fending for themselves but will have love and compassion toward one another. And this really starts with one person!

Much love, Kayla
Daughter of the most high KING

Did you pick up Kayla's faith, her boldness, her dedication, (fasting, praying, encouraging, challenging, accepting - bullies, and a Muslim girl), her enthusiasm. In the words of Jesus, "You go now and do the same."  Lu. 10:37.

Your comments, and/or opinions are most welcome.
You may forward this to anyone you choose.

Jack
Waikanae, New Zealand
www.simplechurchletters.com

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kayla's faith-story

....of her remarkable small group

 
I’ve talked over the years in my Simple Church Letters, of my dream that every believer should have a goal of starting a regular get together – held anywhere - with two or three friends or acquaintances (preferably not-yet-Christians). The long-term goal must be a group where faith is shared, and members become devoted followers (disciples) of Jesus,
My 15 year old granddaughter has a story to tell along these lines. I trust and pray that you will catch Kayla’s enthusiasm and confident actions that brought her vision to fruition.
Hey nan and pop! It's Kayla here!
Today was Tuesday which means J.A.S Group at school. J.A.S group is a lunch time group me and a friend started. JAS stands for “Jesus At School”. We started it a few months ago but as it went along 3 people would show up as we started this group. All we could do was pray and stay expectant.
As weeks went along 10 people came and it blew my mind. I was so happy and thankful that they showed up. After that we would bring free food every week to pretty much bribe people into coming. Sabina (older sister) is our 'Catering Manager'. She stays up to all hours of the morning baking goods for the good! She is greatly appreciated! Well the term was over and 10 people was our highest amount that came and heard about God.
When this school term started my friend and I were expectant and remained faithful towards this group. I started an instagram account which is a social media site posting photos. I post a flyer every week outlining what is happening, who is speaking and where it will be. 10 people soon became 15 and then 20 and one week there was 30 kids sitting in the science room (we were lucky enough have) and hear the word of God. We have students from all denominations sharing their testimonies, opinions and thoughts. My Muslim friend never misses a week! One time she said she almost forgot to come but she felt God telling her to go. We even had an autistic girl (Bethany) who shared the word about 'Destiny'. Later that day I went up to see her. We got talking about Jesus and his love for her. I asked if she had given her heart to The Lord and she wasn't sure. I asked her if she wanted to pray a prayer with me inviting Jesus into her life and she said "ok."! So she repeated the prayer after me and I explained how there is a party in heaven and that is the best decision she could make. She was over the moon that she is now a Christian!
We were lucky enough to move to the library! I always wanted to have that room because I noticed that's where kids with no friends hang out. From starting in the library we often have 'strays' walk in! My friend and I create invitation cards out of train tickets and playing cards and we hand them around the school. We are so lucky to have the Christian librarian who supports us 110%! He even wants us to put posters up advertising the group when other teachers said we could only advertise by word of mouth!
At Church Youth Group
I had on my heart to start a 'be the change meeting' at church for the youth-age kids. I wanted to start this because it occurred to me that, it's about the power of one young person accepting Jesus into their life to changing their entire world! Anyway I was talking to mum and Sabina about it and they were so encouraging and said it was a great idea! I was then talking to my friends at Youth Group about it and they said that they were so angry this week about their school and school friends. Then I knew it wasn't my own conscience saying this but it was God. I was talking to this kid called Martin who is doing crazy things in his school. He fasted and prayed over his school for 1 year and he is now reaping from that. Hundreds of kids show up to his lunch time group and surrender their lives to Jesus! He is only 15 and is prepared to save his whole school of 900 kids by the power of Jesus Christ!!!!! I asked him if he wanted to help me start the group at church, and he was over the moon too! We met 4:15 before the night church service. 13 kids from Youth came. I was encouraging them about getting out of the boat like Peter did and keeping their eyes focused on Jesus and being set apart from what everyone else says about them at school. Martin and I were saying to these kids, what works and how to start a group. I prayed over everyone who came. We are meeting every Sunday, 4:15 pm to pray over our schools.
In conclusion; hahaha!!
Today was the last J.A.S Group of the school term before the holidays start. Oh my goodness God is good! Nan and Pop listen up now: 50 PEOPLE CAME THROUGH THE DOORS! I was in awe. I preached about anything and everything that was in my notes. But my main point I was getting across was Gods LOVE for each one of them. Nan and Pop listen up now: I did an alter call and 3 people gave their lives to Jesus. I couldn't even focus the rest of the school day but I had to because my teacher I had next yells at you if you press the wrong button on your calculator! Haha. Revival is happening in our city and its not going to stop! I can not wait to see what next term has to offer! When we started J.A.S, my friend’s and my goal was a 100 kids by the end of the year! We are already half way there! And we never doubt what God can do.
 Anyways, hope your house is not too much of a shemasal. Remember
Romans 8:18
'The pain you’re in can’t compare to the joy that is coming!'
Love to you all!
Kayla
Trust you’ve caught the fire. Now spread the flame!
Pass this message on.
Your comments are welcome.
Jack