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Walsh Family News & Update February 2017

by on Feb.25, 2017, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

Walsh Family News February  2017

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A great deal has happened since we last wrote and please forgive us for not writing regularly in this season. It has been a difficult and trying season though, ultimately a good one.

They say that one of the most stressful things you can do is to move house, we got to move house with very little notice just about 10 days before Christmas and then move the ministry as well. It has taken it’s toll but we are glad for the Lord’s goodness mercy  and your faithfulness to pray.

We have now moved into  the River Lodge,  a facility  new to us which now houses the whole CCBI Student body of 30. It is a great facility and great team and staff who serve there.

Everyone is slowly adjusting to all the changes and challenges that happen with  being in a new location. It is a blessing. You can check out what the new campus looks like via either the CCBI App or web page.

The River Lodge.

The River Lodge.

The Mighty Waikato River

The Mighty Waikato River

Outreaches to Melbourne & Sydney, Australia  & Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch & Waimate, New Zealand will be our focus in March 3rd – 12th as the whole school and staff goes on a 10 day outreach.

 

I will be at the Speakers week at CCBCE , Vajta in March and sharing from the Sermon on the mount along with Pastor Andy Deane and Pastor Phil Metzger.

March 27th – April 1st will be speakers week for CCBI here at The River Lodge , we will be joined by Pastor Tom Dickersen, Pastor Luis Solis & Pastor Brian Hughes and other guest Pastors. This will be a special time of pouring into just the student body, we felt that it was important this semester to not put on our usual national conference and just poor into the  student  body, so please pray with us to test end.

 

Check out the details in the CCBI app &  on the CCBI Webpage and even listen to Thursday night Koinonia message, as this semester we will be looking and learning lessons from the life of David, in the book of 1 Samuel.

 

Becki, recently completed her 40 day outreach in the middle east and she is now back in Hungary for her last semester of her missions training programme.

She was recently able to meet up with Gwyn at the ladies conference in the Uk and spend a few days in the Lake District. Yo can check out details of her journey though her blog, step by step

Jordan is now serving full time with CCBI , co-running the kitchen and co teaching Romans and even  as we speak he is leading a student trip across the Tongariro Alpine crossing,  a 20 km walk across New Zealand’s famous “Mount Doom” and the Tongariro volcanic plateau.

Mount Doom & The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Mount Doom & The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Gwyn has just returned from 6 weeks in the UK, with her mum, during this time she had the opportunity to see Becky for a few days and also get time with her mum and my mum who also lives in the same area.

 

I have tried to make some adjustments in my schedule after traveling extensively in 2016, recently resigning my position as an elder at Shoreline church in order to be able to focus on the ministry here at CCBI.

Please pray for wisdom as I seek to make adjustments in order to pour into the student body here at CCBI.

I will be travelling to Melbourne with Gwyn  as part of our outreach team, later in March I will be teaching a a series of studies  on “The Sermon on the Mount” in Hungary for the CCBCE speakers week.

Then in July,  Gwyn & I will be ministering with special friends at the Calvary Chapel Scandinavian conference in Sweden.

 

The Helsinki Cathedral

The Helsinki Cathedral

Please pray for

CCBI:

Adjustments that are required  with  the move into the new facility, for River lodge and for the students and staff of CCBI.

March 3th – 12th  – Outreaches to Sydney (AUS) , Melbourne (AUS), Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch & Waimate, New Zealand.

March 27th – April 1st – Speakers week for the student body, please pray that the Lord would move mightily amongst all of us and touch the student body in particular.

Dawn & Andrew Mcbride , renewal of their visa to continue her with us on staff at CCBI.

Family:

Becky wisdom and provision as she follows the Lord in the next steps of her calling after Hungary.

Financial  provision for Jordy as a missionary here serving on staff. CCBI is his  home church as he has grown up in this ministry over the last 20 years, so it is an interesting situation now seeking to be supported and sent out.  Please pray that the Lord would provide for him.

For continued health and strength as Gwyn & I lead the ministry here.

Anointing and  wisdom as I share at several conferences this year, sharing for speakers week in Hungary in March  and at the Scandinavian conference in  July.

We do value your prayers and thank you for standing with us.

M & G

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Walsh News – Prayer & Praise – April 2016

by on Apr.13, 2016, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

 

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Walsh News Prayer & Praise April 2016

I guess our lives are often characterised by great highs and great lows, moments of great joy and those of deep sadness, being moved by compassion and care. There have been so many moments summed up by these words over the last few months.

The joy of having the kids back  at home, the joys of seeing their heart to serve God, the joy of a new semester with 31 Student here at CCBI, yet with this there has been the desperation and destruction  of seeing Cyclone Winston and Tatiana, hit the island of Fiji and in particular Moturiki Island a few miles off the eastern coast of Vita Levu, the main Island of Fiji.

So here are some of those moments:

Becky is heading to Hungary !!!!

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Here in Becky’s own words, her heart to follow the Lord:

“For many of you reading this you will be imagining and little feisty red headed toddler which may make it hard to comprehend. I have had the privilege of growing up surrounded by people from all over the world and from such diverse cultures and backgrounds. But now I’m all grown up and I’m taking the next step in my life. Having grown up involved in ministry I have grown to love it more and more. When I made the decision in my life to follow Jesus with my all my heart and to put my life in His hands, He returned that decision with a passion and a love for the people of this world. We as followers of Christ are called to be a light to the world, to love others and to make disciples by sharing His gospel to His people. For every person that has made the decision to follow Christ this mission appears different, for some it means working a 9 to 5 job being a beacon of hope in that workplace, for others it means moving to a remote village in Africa and sharing the gospel to people who have never heard it and all things in between; all missions are equally important, but unique to the person that carries them out. As many of you know following Christ’s plan often means we only see two feet in front of us and therefore I don’t know what the future holds. But having realised this passion and love for people in addition to my adventurous personality and unique upbringing I have come to make another important decision. This decision is that I want to use my passions and love to reach people in far corners of the earth by being a missionary. The definition of a missionary is, a person sent on a religious mission to a foreign country. This definition is true, but I want to be more than that; I want share the love and forgiveness of our Lord Jesus Christ to the lost people of this world. I want to reflect Jesus in my daily life and devote my time and energy into a work of ministry wherever He may call me. The next step in this incredible life that I have chosen is to be apart of the School of Missions at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe. Before starting the School of Missions I will be helping out with “A Vision for Life” over the summer as a counsellor . I am so excited about this opportunity and this next stage. I would appreciate your prayers as I leave my home and family and step out in faith to the next thing. Please pray that the Lord will provide financially for all that He has for me and that I would be walking in His will. I would love to continue keeping anyone who is interested updated about this next stage and how the Lord is working through all that He has for me in Hungary.” beckyamywalsh@gmail.com

Jordy, On The Edge then CCBI ….

Jake & Jordy working out how to get across the flood waters in Nadi, Fiji

Jake & Jordy working out how to get across the flood waters in Nadi, Fiji

Jordy recently joined myself and Pastor Jake Wilmoth of CCBI in a trip to Moturiki Island, Fiji and it was so good to see his heart for the Lord and Ministry, he will be in the USA serving as a leader for the “On the Edge” program at Murrietta in the summer and then will join us on staff for the the September December Semester 2016 here at CCBI, as a missionary trusting God to meet his needs. Jordy is still looking at training as a Doctor in Australia, but sense a real call to youth ministry is resonating strongly in his heart. Please pray that God will guide both Jordy and Becky as they step out in faith, seeking the Lord and looking to Him to guide and provide.

Then there is CCBI ….

This has been a brilliant semester with 31 students an interns, may of whom will graduate this semester, we have just completed outreach trips , to Christchurch NZ, Perth in Western Australia,  Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. On Friday we send another team out to Sydney Australia to serve at  youth camp along side CC Sydney, please  keep them in prayer.

Monday 18th April see the start of another venture of faith, we are putting on a National Youth conference called IGNITE 2016, co-laboring alongside a team from Calvary Chapel Vista  & Refuge, Huntington beach. We have no idea who will come  so please pray with us that God would bring whomever He wishes and they they would grow strong in the faith and deeper in Him. Please pray for Pastor Jake Wilmoth has he leads the conference and speaks alongside Pastor Jason Vanderburgh (Refuge), Pastor Aaron Salvato (CC Vista) & Pastor Rob Nash (CC Vista).

 

Moturiki Island, Fiji : Compassion vs Logic.

 

Moturiki Island, Fiji

Moturiki Island, Fiji

Jordy, Jake & Myself recently took a very quick trip to Fiji, to look at how CCBI can be involved in the rebuilding  work after the devastation Cyclone Winston. Still encountering very high flood water, it took us 24 hours to get just 5 miles from the airport in Nadi. After about 24 hours we were finally able to cross the island of Vita Levu, to the capital of Fiji , Suva and then to Nausori and in a 33 foot skiff take the journey across to Moturiki Island. There are 10 villages  on Moturiki, we visited only one, the home village of one of our students from a few years ago,Pastor Charles Mareu. Before Cyclone Winston there were 40 houses, now there are only 20 houses, but still some 40-50 families cramming in to the available space. We helped construct and provide for the building of a small one room house for  a single mum and her three kids. The cost of materials and transport to the  island being not more than $700 NZD about $500 USD.
It was probably one of the most moving experiences of our lives.  As a logical planner i can think of better ways to do this, construction guys tell me  of better ways, and I am all for that but there is also he compassion  in the moment what can we do now !!!.  These are complex and difficult issues, right now compassion says act and we will work in the long term on better ways, we will plan towards a larger CCBI outreach in October during out next semester but  there is also a need now !!! SO…

A new place to live !!!

A new place to live !!!

So we are going back… May 1st – 7th we are taking a small  team of about 6 – people from CCBI with a view to go and finance, provide for &  build 3- 4 houses. So if you want to get involved there is huge need for expertise and resources, let us know, it costs about $500- $700 usd to provide a small house.

 

Prayer & Praise

  • Please pray that God will guide both Jordy and Becky as they step out in faith, seeking the Lord and looking to Him to guide and provide.
  • Please pray for Pastor Jake Wilmoth has he leads the conference and speaks alongside Pastor Jason Vanderburgh (Refuge), Pastor Aaron Salvato (CC Vista) & Pastor Rob Nash (CC Vista).
  • Please pray for the Ignite 2016 Conference starting 18th April 2016.
  • Pray for the  people of Moturiki. Resources & wisdom in the rebuild.
  • The return CCBI trip to Moturiki in May to build 3- 4 more houses, May 2nd – 7th.

 

The small boat, big water and Moturiki in the distance.

The small boat, big water and Moturiki in the distance.

 

Fijian sevens never stops !!!

Fijian sevens never stops !!!

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Devastation by water

 

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Flood waters in Nadi

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Walsh News & Prayer Feb 2016 – A New semester Begins

by on Feb.06, 2016, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

Walsh News & Prayer Feb 2016 – A New semester Begins.

 

 

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It has been a while…

Despite all the resolutions, of which there are many, he always seems to hard to put into words the things that God has been doing in the activity of our lives both personally and in the Ministry. So here’s a quick update on the Walshes.

We are beginning a brand-new semester with just over 30 students attending CCBI we have eight different nations represented on site and are really excited as we look forward to the next three months. In early March (4th-13th), we will be taking outreach teams to Perth in Australia, to Christchurch in New Zealand and to Auckland, New Zealand. In April, we will be hosting our first ever national youth conference for Calvary Chapel in New Zealand called “Ignite 2016”. This is a real venture of faith, it has been on the heart of the team here and especially Pastor Jake Wilmoth to reach out to the youth in New Zealand. As a complete step of faith, we will be partnering with Refuge, Huntington Beach & Calvary Chapel of Vista to put on our first ever youth conference, please keep us in prayer.

This semester Mark will be teaching 1 & 2 Samuel at Bible College, whilst co-teaching the book of Hebrews at Shoreline church. In February, Mark will be travelling to Canada in order to teach a men’s conference for Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, in Calgary. Later in the year Mark will also be teaching at the Foundation’s Conference in Hungary in June, followed by the Scandinavian Conference in Sweden during the month of July. He will also be graduating, finally, with a degree in theology from the Hungarian Campus. Mark and Gwyn will also be travelling to Perth in Australia in March to encourage the saints at Calvary Chapel Perth in Western Australia.

Perhaps the true story of the last few months, is more about personal events in our lives than the ministry. In early December, Gwyn’s family joined us for Christmas vacation along with her mother, who will be reaching the milestone of 90 years old in a months time. During this time, Gwyn’s mother became quite sick and came very close to emergency surgery. Fortunately, this was not necessary and praise the Lord for this. Yet since December Gwyn has been caring for her mum here with us at home. Now cleared to fly, Gwyn is currently flying back to the UK with her mum in order to  care for her for the next month before returning to New Zealand. This has been an extraordinarily demanding time and one of the reasons why newsletters really haven’t been written .We would really value & appreciate your prayers at this time, especially for Gwyn’s mums recovery and also for strength for Gwyn and the family as they care for their mother.
During the next month, I will be holding down the fort here at home and some of the great team from the Bible school will be stepping into the large and significant gaps left by Gwyn she spends the next month in the UK.

Jordan has finally completed his degree and will be returning home in the next few weeks, his initial plan is to serve alongside Bible school and during June and July serve and Minister at “The Edge programme” in California. Please pray this is a fruitful time, in which he is encouraged in ministry and vision, his heart is in ministry and  youth, please pray for God’s wisdom direction and clarity as he seeks to pursue this calling. Becky completed her first year of university at the end of 2015, her heart is also in ministry and she has a strong sense of God calling her, bearing this in mind, she has taken the decision to leave university and enrol in the school  of missions in Hungary, Becky will be flying out in June to Hungary to serve during the summer and then attend the one-year school School of Missions in Vajta.

 Prayer requests:

  • Please pray for Gwyn as she cares for her mother in the UK over the next month, please pray for strength, wisdom and the grace along with a speedy recovery for Gwyn’s mum.
  • For wisdom, provision and guidance Jordan as he looks for the next step, his heart is the ministry and especially youth ministry, please pray that God would make it very clear the next steps that he should take in faith.
  • Please pray for  Becky, for provision for the school  of missions and also for wisdom about her next steps in the faith.
  • Please pray for anointing and empowering as we seek to minister to the new student body here at CCBI, for the upcoming outreaches in Australia and New Zealand and especially the Ignite youth conference planned in April.
  • Please pray for Mark, for grace and strength, wisdom and anointing as he teaches at conferences in Canada (February 19-29), Hungary (June) & Sweden (July).

Sorry this has been short and very compact, a New Year’s resolution is to try and do a better job of keeping you all informed, we really do value your prayers, its just that sometimes we just get overwhelmed  and it has been one of those seasons recently .We deeply value your prayers, your care and your love in all the ways it is expressed.

God Bless

M & G

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Walsh News May 2015 : The Lost Semester.

by on May.27, 2015, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

Walsh News May 2015: The Lost Semester.

 

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It has been over six months since our last update, in this time the semester has come and gone. These are some of the highlights as we celebrated our 10th semester at CCBI.

It was a great semester; it was probably the best semester, with the best group of students in our time here in New Zealand. Check out the semester video prepared by the students on the CCBI app.

During the semester, we saw fruitful outreaches to Perth, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand & a mobile team, evangelising across the North Island of New Zealand, in the cities of Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton & Rotorua. As well as teaching through, the book of Romans, Biblical Missions, the Minor Prophets, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs & First and Second Corinthians.

Over 30 people, students, staff and locals from the community, regularly attended our Thursday night Koinonea service. We spent a great time in worship and in study through the book of James, looking at real faith in action. The messages from Thursday night are available under the media tab on the CCBI app, for anyone who wants to listen and be encouraged.

We hosted Calvary Chapel’s ministry conference, the Equip Conference in April, feeding and ministering to just fewer than 100 people. We had a blessed time in the word under the Ministry of Pastor Rob & Aaron Salvato, Pastor Rich Chaffin, Pastor Mike Montgomery and Pastor Andrew Russell. It was a great time and very encouraging, the messages from the conference are available via the CCBI app and the CCBI webpage.

It has been a great semester ministry, with the majority of the students from this semester already signed up to return for the upcoming semester, which begins at the end of August 2015.

 

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Pastor Rob Salvato teaching at Equip.

 

So why the title ” The Lost Semester”?

As well as being a very fruitful and blessed time, this has been probably one of the most challenging times; we have ever had in ministry.

Over the last three years, we have been heavily involved in a Calvary Chapel church plant here in New Zealand. Mark has served as an elder in the church over the last three years, at the beginning of March this year, for a variety of reasons, our pastor resigned and left the church in the hands of the eldership.

This has been a demanding and stressful time in all our lives and especially in the life of the church. We suddenly found ourselves as elders, completely responsible for the care of this little church, in the midst of confusion, hurt and even recrimination. So much of our time since the beginning of the year has been given over to practically ministering and leading the church along with the other elders and their wives. We are grateful for the faithfulness of the Lord in caring for his church and the privilege and the opportunity to be involved in looking after the flock. We were greatly value your prayers as we continue to minister at Shoreline church on a weekly basis and as we look for God’s direction, as we care for the flock and look forward to what the Lord will do in this lovely little fellowship.

 

Family news.

In the last six months we have seen some very significant milestones achieved in our family life.

Becky has now moved to Wellington, New Zealand and is studying her first year of her degree at Victoria University in Wellington.

At the same time, Jordan has graduated from Auckland University, with a degree in biomedical sciences. He still strongly desires to study medicine and is currently pursuing the opportunity to study medicine in Australia. We would really value your prayers for wisdom and God’s provision as he applies to several Australian universities, to study medicine commencing at the beginning of 2016.

 

We have lived in New Zealand for nearly 6 years and are currently pursuing New Zealand citizenship, this is a significant milestone and if granted will give us freedom to reside and work not only in New Zealand but also in Australia under the current Trans-Tasman agreement. This will open up some significant opportunities in ministry and the freedom to follow those opportunities.

 

Gwyn and I will be travelling to California in June and July to renew friendships and fellowship before returning to New Zealand. Mark will be attending the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors conference in July, before returning to New Zealand for a few weeks before he travels onto Finland, to minister in worship at the Calvary Chapel Scandinavia Conference in Stockholm in late July and early August.

We would really appreciate your prayers for rest and refreshment after this challenging season that the Lord would minister to us; renew vision and vigour, strength and purpose.

Jordan Walsh Bsc

Jordan Walsh Bsc

Prayer & praise:

  • Thank the Lord for his faithfulness and provision for the Ministry during the last semester, from the openness of the student’s hearts and their growth in their relationship with him.
  • Praise the Lord for the equip conference and the great ministry that took place in the lives of those who attended from Calvary Chapel ministries across New Zealand and Australia.
  • Please pray for our time in Southern California as we seek to be encouraged and refreshed before we return to the upcoming semester.
  • Please pray for Mark’s trip to Finland, the Lord would anoint and clearly guide the Ministry, providing God ordained conversations and appointments, for the necessary provision for the trip.
  • Please pray for wisdom and God’s provision as we seek to find a property that can be a permanent home for the Bible school and conference ministry.
  • Please pray for the upcoming semester, the Lord would bring an increasing number of students and supplement the CCBI staff in order to minister to them.
  • Please pray for the next Equip conference, which will take place in early November 2015, Pastor Drew McIntyre, Pastor Ben Grisez will be ministering the word, along with Pam Markey, who will be teaching a series of special messages for the ladies in attendance.
  • Please pray for us as we plan a national youth conference as part of the equip conference ministry, in which we will seek to minister to the youth from Calvary Chapel ministries and other ministries across New Zealand. We are tentatively planning the conference for April 2016, we would appreciate your prayers as we seek to minister to the youth in New Zealand. For further information and if you are interested in getting involved with the conference, please contact us at equip@ccbi.ac.nz.

 

Once again, we would be unable to function in this ministry without your love, care, support and provision from the Lord. We recognise that often we don’t write as regularly as we should, but ask you not to hold this against us.

We are deeply grateful for your faithfulness and on-going involvement in this ministry and we just simply desire that Lord would be glorified and have an inheritance in this region of the south Pacific Rim & and we simply want to do more. We are very grateful to your partnership.

M & G.

 

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Graduation tree Mission Bay, Auckland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mount Doom ( Mt Ngarauhoe, Tongariro National Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Mans chief end is to Glorify God and enjoy Him Forever” Westminster shorter catechism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer & Praise September 2014

by on Sep.23, 2014, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

Prayer & Praise September 2014

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It’s been a relatively short period of time since our last update, but so many things seems to have happened. This is not uncommon with the start of a new semester we have seen many tremendous answers to prayer already, even though the semester is only a few weeks old. We also want to ask to your prayers for  upcoming outreaches. As next week, starting on Friday, 26th September, the whole of CCBI will be on outreach and we covet your prayers.

Praise reports.

  • Praise the Lord for provision of housing for Tom and Jen Cooper, who joined us here on staff at the beginning of the semester.
  • Praise the Lord for the provision of housing for Sam and Hannah stockill, who also joined us at the beginning of the semester.
  • Praise the Lord  for the provision of a car for Sam and Hannah to use, donated to us by someone who is not even a believer.
  • Praise the Lord for the generous provision for the Walsh family to obtain another vehicle and get back on the road.
  • Praise the Lord for additional accommodation provided by the Ranch, not only has the ranch provided us with additional accommodation on site for staff, but they have opened up a brand-new dining hall for us as we have outgrown our current dining location in the retreat centre.
  • Praise the Lord for providing speakers for the upcoming equip conference, this will be a national conference for Calvary Chapel and we are very grateful to have Pastor Dave Shirley (CCBC), Pastor Luis Solis (CC Kearney, NJ) and Pastor Fernando Ortiz (Mile High Calvary, Denver), who will be sharing the word with not only the student body but believers from all over New Zealand and hopefully the region.
  • Praise the Lord for the salvation of Marshall, one of our student teams without sharing the gospel on the streets of Rotorua  and were privileged to see a young man called Marshall gave his life to Christ. Please keep Marshall in prayer as he begins his new life in Christ.

 Prayer requests.

  • Please pray for our outreach teams from CCBI as they commence a 10 day outreach from Friday, 26 September. We will have one team serving alongside calvary chapel Wellington, providing a VBS during the school holidays. We will have one team serving here on site at Lakes Ranch, providing camp counsellors for the kids camp. Jason Colbeth, One of our team here, will be leading the Bible studies and teaching from the word each day during the week. Please keep him in prayer and teams as they serve in this ministry of sharing God’s word with the youth of New Zealand. Pastor Jake Wilmoth, will be leading a third team to Melbourne in Australia, they will be serving alongside Calvary Chapel Melbourne and serving at the youth camp for the church. Jake will be teaching from God’s word during the week along with Tom Cooper who will be leading worship for the youth camp. I will be visiting a new church plant in Adelaide Australia, before joining the team at Phillip Island, Melbourne. Please keep me in prayer as they seek to encourage and minister to the team in Adelaide and Melbourne.
  • Please pray the Lord would pour out His Spirit and use his words powerfully to shape the lives of those we encounter.
  • Pray for the Equip conference, which will be taking place 3rd-7th  November here at Lakes Ranch.  This has traditionally been our speakers week, but with this conference being adopted by a wider audience from Calvary Chapel in New Zealand, after discussion with the national leadership, we felt that this conference should become a national ministry conference, designed to encourage and exhort anyone who wants to grow in the word and in ministry. We have sent out invitations to over the 24 different locations across the Pacific rim. This is a real step of faith for us, both financially and logistically. We have a small but very dedicated team, but personally in ourselves, we do not have the resources for this. We are excited by this opportunity to trust the Lord and already many from around the region are expressing interest at coming and sitting under God’s word. Please pray with us the Lord would pour His spirit on this event as we seek to pioneer a national ministry  and missions conference for the Pacific region.  Please pray for the Pastors, who will be teaching at the conference,that the Lord would guide their hearts in His Word that we may grow strong in the things of Christ.
  •  Please pray for the team here as we adjust to growth in the ministry and some of the new logistical challenges in working with a new dining hall and accommodation.

Please stand with us in these things, both praising the Lord for what He has done and with great expectation of what He will yet do.  Psalm 2:8

M & G

 

 

EQUIP conference November 3rd - 7th 2014

EQUIP conference November 3rd – 7th 2014

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Walsh Prayer and Praise update May 2014

by on Jun.20, 2014, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

News Prayer & Praise for May 2014

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News from the Walsh Family

Well it’s been a long time since we updated our blog, and for that we apologise. Sometimes the pace of ministry and the extent of the need just seems to be all-consuming. I know it seems an excuse but it is also a reality for us too. A few highlights from the last six months: A great family Christmas, gatecrashed by a bunch of students who lived with us during the break. Great missions conference in California, snow in New Jersey and wedding in the sun one day later in California.

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Josh & Andrea’s wedding

It is now a full  year since back surgery, I am very pleased to report that the back is holding up very well, (I have flown over 100,000 km for ministry since August 1), I’m very grateful for the success of the surgery which to a great extent has given me my life back. Thank you for your prayers and concern during what was a very difficult period for me personally and for us as a family. Please continue to pray for good health across the family as we continue to have quite a strenuous schedule. Speaking strenuous schedule, much against my better judgement and without any consideration for my aged frame, I joined 15 of our students walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing during the semester. This is a 20 km trek across several live volcanoes, walking alongside the volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, more commonly popularised as “Mount Doom” in the Lord of the Rings. It was a long day, but a good day in which the students got to experience the great beauty of this land in which we serve. They say wisdom comes with age, clearly in my case I am an exception to the rule.

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Mount Doom : Ngauruhoe Volcanoe

The family is well, this year Jordan, who is completing his degree at Auckland University, will turn 21 years old, in the same year Becky will turn 18 years old and is making plans to study nursing at Massey University in Wellington, with a view to gaining a practical skill which you can use the mission field. Gwyn is well and continues to be mother to the world, which we all enjoy deeply. In July, I will be travelling to the Senior Pastors conference in California. Please pray this is a fruitful time and that I will hear the Lord’s voice. Upon my return, ( within a few hours of arrival) Gwyn will then fly to the UK to visit family and friends, please pray for travelling mercies and that the Lord would bless with rest, refreshment and the renewal of friendship with friends and family.

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Comforting signs on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

In terms of the Ministry, we  continue thank the Lord for your love care and support as we minster together truly, it would be impossible to serve in this ministry in this beautiful land without your prayers and the support you provide in so many ways. We have just completed another semester, and it has been a great semester. The first time we met our 15 students from this semester, I must confess wondering how things would work, but God is good, He’s gracious and His mercy endures forever. It is proving to be one of the most blessed and rich semesters that we have ever had. It’s been great to see growth in so many ways as the Lord has touched the student body. We have continued to serve alongside the ministries of Calvary Chapel Hamilton and Shoreline church in Tauranga. Each Sunday is a long day of service with teams travelling into different directions and covering over 350 km, we serving children’s ministry, in worship, in setup and teardown. a. Though long days, they are fruitful days that we get to uphold the arms of the local body and encourage them. This semester we had outreach teams serving in Perth, Australia, Nelson, New Zealand and in Auckland. A great deal of the Ministry was based around serving the local church and encouraging them as they serve the Lord in their own community. One great piece of news is that one of the pastors on staff with us here at CCBI, Pastor Michael Montgomery, will be moving to Northland in New Zealand to Pastor Calvary Chapel Whangarei, this is an exciting and encouraging move as we are glad to see Mike step out in faith to go and strengthen the church in New Zealand. This leaves us with a significant gap in our pastoral staff and we look to the Lord to bring others along to step into that gap.

CCBI semester September 2014.

We are already underway making preparations for the upcoming semester which will start at the end of August 2014. We currently have in the region of 25 students who will be joining us from all over the world to study, serve, work for the Lord and grow as disciples. Please keep us in prayer as we prepare for the semester, in preparation the eldership the leadership team of the Bible College is having a prayer retreat from Friday, 27 June until Saturday, 28 June, please pray that we would hear the Lord’s voice. I will be teaching “IBS and ministering the word”, a class designed to help people study of the Bible and teaching. I will also be teaching a class a “1 Samuel & 2 Samuel”, looking at the life of Samuel Saul and David, there are some great lessons for us to learn. Gwyn will be teaching a lady’s class, in which they will be studying through the book of Philippians. Please pray for the provision of additional accommodation, in which to house the growing number of students and staff.

Prayer and Praise

We thank the Lord and covet your prayers for the following items:

  • Please pray for the resources to fix our car, we currently have an old Honda Odyssey, the transmission has broken and needs to be replaced, and ultimately we will need to replace the vehicle. Please pray that we will be able to find a transmission and fix the car. This is especially important to us so much of our ministry in New Zealand requires us to travel and ultimately we need something that is reliable. Just to give you an idea we have driven over 160,000 km in the last four years :-). We are still going but unfortunately the car is not 🙂
  • Praise the Lord for calling Pastor Mike Montgomery to go and serve with Calvary Chapel Whangarei, praise the Lord for his provision of Visa for them, please pray with us and the Lord to meet their needs to encourage them and to bless them as they step out in this venture of faith.
  • Praise the Lord for providing a two-year visa for Sam Stockill, so that he may serve here at CCBI before stepping out to plant a church in New Zealand. Please pray that the Lord would provide for them, direct them, and help them with all the practicalities in moving a family of five from England to New Zealand in the next few months. Please pray that the Lord would direct Sam as he seeks towards will in where to plant a church.
  • Please pray for the upcoming semester, at this stage we will have something like 25 students from all over the world. Please pray the Lord would bring who he desires and that you would do a great work in all our lives.
  • please pray for Jordan as he completes his degree in biomedical sciences and really applies into postgraduate medicine. Please pray the Lord would direct and provide for him.
  • Please pray for Becky as she completes her final year of high school and seeks the Lord’s direction whilst applying for nursing with a view to missions work with children.

Thank you can once again for your support, love and care, is a joy to serve as co-labourers with you, seeking an inheritance Messiah in the South Pacific Rim.

M&G

 

40 loaves of bread for the food & sausage sizzle Outreach  in  Hamilton

40 loaves of bread for the food & sausage sizzle Outreach in Hamilton

 

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Traditional Maori carving Lake Taupo

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Walsh News May 2013

by on May.20, 2013, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

Walsh Family News & Prayer – May 2013

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Thirty Semesters later and still not graduated – The slow graduation route

Another Bible school semester has drawn to close and the 16 students have all headed of to the next thing , some to return next semester, some to go onto the next thing to which the Lord has called them.

At this semesters Graduation, to our surprise, Gwyn were presented with a certificate of completion, having completed some 30 semesters of Bible school , in Austria , Hungary and now here at CCBI IN New Zealand and we still haven’t graduated. It really has been a testimony to God’s Grace and goodness over the last 15 or so years, for which we are deeply thankful and for the manner in which many of you have stood with us over these years. When we started in Austria, we were 35 years old, with to children under the age of 4 , the student we 18 or 19 years old. Now we are over 50 years old, Jordy is in his second year at Auckland University studying biomedical sciences, Becky is in her second to last year of High school with a desire to head to university in Wellington… And the students are still the same age! Please thank the Lord with us for His tremendous faithfulness.

Jordy & Bex

This has been a great semester from a ministry point of view, 16 students serving weekly in three different Churches, Outreach ministry trips to serve alongside CC Perth Australia, CC Nelson, CC Whangarei and Shoreline Tauranga in New Zealand. We had had the privilege of seeing souls come to Christ, the body encouraged and blessed. The Thursday night Koinonea service we have started here on Campus has been a great blessing seeing over 40 people attending on a weekly basis some from the Lakes ranch staff and some from the local area. We studied verse by verse through the book of Colossians and it has been a great time and a great encouragement for taking the step of faith.

This has been a very challenging semester personally, many of you will know that i hurt my back in January, resulting in three damaged disc in my lower back. The results have been an inability to sit or travel for longer than 20 minutes, not being able to sleep more than a few hours a night without getting up an walking about for a few hours to ease the pain. After nearly 5 months, the situation is still the same so on Thursday 23rd May, I head for back surgery to remove the offending disc. I would really appreciate your prayers, for complete healing and recovery.

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It has been an interesting season of learning and frustration, I have been personally blessed by the great team we have here at CCBI and those that have really helped out in times where I have simply not been able to do very much. It has been great to see the ministry here grow an not really around me. Next semester we have expanded out accommodation availability and we will be able to take more students as we have already accepted over 21 students for the upcoming semester and we are still three months out from the commencement of the next semester, which starts at the end of August 2013. So please pray that the Lord would bring those HE wishes and there would be the enough space for them all .

The key prayer requests are for :

  • Mark’s upcoming back surgery on 23rd May , for complete Healing restoration and recovery.
  • For rest and refreshment in the semester break for all the family and the CCBI Staff.
  • For the preparation for the upcoming semester and classes, I will be teaching Theology and Hebrews , Gwyn will be teaching a ladies study through the book of James.
  • For additional accommodation and provision to meet the student needs so that we don’t have to turn any students away.
  • For additional interns as the student body is growing.
  • For wisdom, vision and courage, as we lead the work here at CCBI.
  • For Jordy and Becki as they continue with their education and for God’s on going financial provision for these needs.

Once again though this is a brief update, we hope you are encouraged and will continue to stand with us in prayer for the work here which is growing, our heart is thst it might bring much pleasure and Glory to our Lord.

Thanks Mark & Gwyn, Jordy and Rebekah

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sometimes it just gets too much

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You have to love New Zealand

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Walsh Prayer requests & Short update – March 2013

by on Mar.12, 2013, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

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Hi everyone, we wanted to get some prayer requests out to you this week in particular as CCBI will be heading out for their 10 day outreach.

We are blessed to have 16 students this semester here at CCBI and God has given us a great bunch , we are privileged and blessed to be able to minster to them and alongside them.

We have teams going to serve at Calvary chapel Perth in Western Australia, CC Whangarei & CC Nelson in New Zealand. I will be leading the Perth team, please pray for us that the Lord would go before us and would open up the doors and opportunities of ministry that He wants us to walk in. We will be serving in a variety of ways, in worship and in the children’s ministry along with practical help in relation to their new building, more than anything the heart is to refresh the hearts of the saints. Please make that your prayer as you stand with us in this ministry. The teams going to Nelson and Whangarei in New Zealand have the same heart, simply to refresh the saints, the two teams literally going to the opposite ends of the country and to the different Islands of New Zealand, will gather together on the weekend of the 22nd March for the Jesus Surf Classic at Mount Manganui. We will serve alongside Shoreline church in Mount Manganui as we help to put on this surf competition alongside Christian Surfers of New Zealand. This event gets access to some great surfing terrain (apparently – I am still english and asking why ? :)), access that even Billabong and Rip curl don’t get , so please pray for many to be saved, we will handing out bibles, water and sunscreen with a view to share in the gospel and seeing many come to Christ at the the shoreline.

Please pray for Gods Spirit to move & souls to be saved.

Please stand with us and pray for:

God’s wisdom and direction as we lead the school here at CCBI, that the Lord would bring those He wants to study and minster here for the next semester starting at the end of August.

For the students that there hearts and lives would be deeplytouched and they would be changed irrevocably.

That we all would go deeper in Him and in the Word

That the Lord would raise up more men and women to serve him in this area of the World, mighty men that He would use to plant churches and serve Him in the Pacific rim region.

For more bible teaching churches and ministries in New Zealand, especially for the ministry of CC Rotorua (Pastor Scott Clifford), CC Hamilton (Pastor Steve Jones) and Shoreline (Pastor Dave Heitman). We activly serve with three student teams at these fellowships , please pray for the teams and for each of these fellowship and the men that lead them.

For us as a family:

Jordy has returned to University and please pray for his adjustment and that he would find a great place to fellowship, he missed he second year entrance in to Medicine by a whisker and so now must continue with his Bio Sciences degree for another two years before he can reapply for medicine. He is pretty disappointed and it has shaken his confidence a little,. I am sure he would value your prayers and encouragement .

Becky is pressing on in school and finding some subjects hard work as the pressure comes on , she has been doing very well and finished last years high school year as an excellence student here in New Zealand, she is growing in the Lord, we are very proud of her and deeply grateful to the Lord for how He has led us and cared for our children as he has moved us around the globe in His service, they has missed out on nothing we are so thankful for the way HE has led them , please thank the Lord with us for His grace and guidance in the lives of our children.

For Gwyn and Mark, this is, and remains a difficult season, we are pretty drained and feel like we are failing at every turn, we moved in to new house in November and it only in the last week that we have actually been in the house alone as a family , we have had guests and visitors throughout this entire time, we have been very blessed , but Gwyn is pretty drained and tired. Mark is struggling in a different way, he is broken, actually literally, about 2 months ago we found out he had three herniated discs in his lower back, they have started to cause constant & severe pain. over the last 6 weeks he has been only able manage about 1 or two hours sleep a night, he can’t sit or rest but needs to literally walk and often walk for hours during the night. This has become very draining as you can imagine. It is nigh on impossible at this time to sit and pray, sit and study and he can travel for only short distance in the car because of the pain. It is quite debilitating and distracting as you can imagine, my prayer is that God would heal me and that is my expectation and desire. Please pray with us for healing, release and relief for Mark.

We really do appreciate your prayers and especially in this season of difficulty , please that we would be refreshed and revived in the Lord and would have full capacity to go on strong in His work.

We do thank you and covet your prayers love and care.

M & G

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April 2012 – Praise and Prayer Requests

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Newsletters, Prayer & Praise

April 2012 – Praise and Prayer Requests

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Praise

Praise and thank the Lord with us for:

  • The National Calvary Chapel Ladies conference & Pastors wives conference in March with Pam Markey and Laura Anderson. This was a great time of blessing and refreshment .
  • The 10 day outreaches to Rotorua, New Zealand , Hamilton , New Zealand , Christchurch, New Zealand and Perth in Western Australia.
  • The ministry at CC Rotorua , CC Hamilton and a new church plant we are serving at Byways at Mount Manganui, Tauranga.
  • Jordan’s acceptance to study medicine at Auckland University and how he has settled in his first semester at University.

Prayer

Please seek the Lord with us for:

  • A greater outpouring of His Spirit upon us and the ministry here in New Zealand, especially for speakers week which runs from April 22nd – 28th.
  • The Lord to give a greater hunger and thirst for Himself .
  • The students and staff to go deeper with the Lord and finish well as we enter the last third of the semester.
  • Jordan as he continues in his studies in Medicine at Auckland University, specifically that he would find good christian fellowship and that the Lord would help him in this demanding time of study.
  • Continued favour with New Zealand Immigration for students and staff as they seek renewal of their visas.
  • An increased number of students from the South Pacific Rim, that the Lord would bring those he wants to study here at CCBI.
  • Interns and staff to serve here with CCBI, at the end of this semester we will be saying goodbye to our current interns and some staff leaving a huge gap to be filled for the August – December Semester.
  • For the planned ministry trip to the CC Scandinavian conference in early August and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in late August. Mark also hopes to take time to attend the missions conference in Millstatt Austria, to renew fellowship with friends. Please pray for wisdom and that the Lord would guide in the planning of the trip and for His provision.
  • Gwyn and Becky as they travel back to the UK in June to renew relationships with family and friends.
  • For additional space for students especially married couples who wish to attend and serve here at at CCBI.
  • Wisdom for the next step for CCBI, with increased need for additional space and a desire to expand the ministry , we need wisdom, guidance and the Lord’s direction.
  • Personal refreshment and encouragement for Gwyn and I, that we might finish the semester well.
  • For faith and vision.

Once again we covet and are deeply grateful of your prayers, love and care. Thank you for your co-labouring with us in this ministry.

In Him,

M & G

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Prayer & Praise – December 2011

by on Dec.23, 2011, under Prayer & Praise

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Praise :

Praise the Lord with us for :

  • A wonderful semester, we have had a blessed time with small groups of students and seen much growth in heart and understanding.
  • The provision of a van for the school, this has made it possible to minister more regularly at the Calvary Chapel in Hamilton , which is about 90 minutes way.
  • Great times of outreach on the streets of Hamilton and Rotorua, for those who have been saved on the streets.
  • For the outreach trips to Hamilton, the mens conference in New Jersey & Melbourne, Australia, for God’s goodness, protection and the fruit from these times of service.
  • Great times of blessings at the envision New Zealand conference and the envision conference in Australia
  • God’s faithful provision for us and the staff of CCBI, who all serve as missionaries here in New Zealand, I have personally been so blessed by the team the Lord has brought here to serve with us in this pioneering work, the steps of faith and commitment they have made has been quite humbling.
  • Students for the February semester, we are all ready on the verge of turning students away because of a lack of space & additional accommodation. As problems go, a great one to have.
  • The Lord’s Grace and the privilege to serve Him

Prayer requests:

Please stand with us and seek the Lord in prayer over these items:

  • Wisdom from the Lord and the provision of His Spirit. Anointing as we prepare to teach the next set of classes in February
  • That the Lord would bring those He wishes to study here for the upcoming February semester.
  • The provision of additional accommodation as the school grows particularly accommodation for married couples & Staff. Wisdom in relation to decisions about where to host the school as it grows.
  • The provision of an additional vehicles, with one of our vehicles written of in an accident last month, fortunately Gwyn and Jordan were not hurt, but it leaves us once again in the position of difficulty in relation to transporting students.
  • Rest and refreshment for all especially Mark & Gwyn, after a tiring , blessed but demanding semester.
  • The church plant in Tauranga, the planting Byways, a Calvary Chapel affiliate will begin in February 2012. Please pray for wisdom and God provision as we seek to get involved and support Pastor Dave Heitman in this new venture.
  • The planned outreach to Calvary Chapel Perth in March 2012. A team from CCBI will be travelling to Western Australia to encourage and serve with Calvary Perth.
  • The Ladies Conference with Pam Markey in February/ March 2012. Once again CCBI along with CC Rotorua & CC Hamilton will hosting a national ladies conference for New Zealand.
  • Personally for God’s provision for flights as we try and make a trip back to europe during the summer.
  • Wisdom over our current living situation and whether we need to move off site to release accommodation for the student body and staff, for God’s provision of a suitable place to live, in suitable location.

We thank you with all our hearts for the love and care that you have shown us as we serve here in the South Pacific Rim.

God Bless this Christmas

M & G

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