Summer has come to an end, school is back in session and many exciting new things are taking place in Auckland, on campus and throughout the South Pacific
The most exciting recent news is the launch of our new Every Nation Leadership Institute in Apia, Samoa. Last week, we had a kick off dinner in which we invited government officials, local pastors and business leaders to come hear the vision for ENLI. To our excitement, the Prime Minister of Samoa confirmed to attend and asked to speak at the banquet.
Along with the Prime Minister, several Members of Parliament, local pastors and reporters from Samoan national television attended the evening. After hearing Pastor Ken share our ministries heart to reach young Samoans with the Gospel and equip them for leadership, the Prime Minister rose to speak.
After sharing a few thoughts on the importance of training future leaders with Godly character, the Prime Minister looked into the national news cameras. He stated “I wholeheartedly endorse Every Nation Leadership Institute and welcome them and there work in the nation of Samoa.”
What an incredible recommendation! We know this is just the start of great things the Lord wants to do in Samoa and the Pacific Islands.
Also this month, we celebrated our Every Nation Leadership Institute graduation in Auckland. What a diverse group of 90+ students we graduated. This year’s graduates were young and old; Maori, Pacific Islander and Asian; university students and house wives; and rugby players to police officers. They all had diverse backgrounds but they had one common thread, a heart to be equipped to be world changers for Christ.
My greatest pride was seeing Karl Waru, a full Maori and university student, graduate from ENLI. You may recall that Karl attempted suicide at the beginning of last year, but since then he has really been transformed by the power of God and has now graduated from ENLI.
Thank you so much for sending us to the islands to serve these beautiful people. We are seeing the Lord touch so many lives and open so many doors here. Hopefully, one day you can visit New Zealand and see the faces of those you have helped reach with the Gospel through your support. Thank you again! Love and blessings to you.