The Engine Room

By on 22/06/2018

Dear friends

One month has passed since I last wrote to you and what a month it has been. God has been present to us in amazing ways.

The pictures in this Update are from the Heart Women’s Conference.

 

BEING ON THE ENGINE ROOM PRAYER TEAM

You will recall that the Engine Room Prayer Team was started for the Sunnybank Mission Event a few months ago. It was a remarkable event and we continue to hear the stories of the effect of the event in people’s lives. I believe this was because of the prayers of each of you.

At the end of this I decided that I would continue the Engine Room Prayer Team as I am so aware of the need for prayer support as we proclaim the Gospel around the world. However, I do not want to send these Updates to those who do not feel led to continue praying for the ministry by being a part of the Engine Room Prayer Team.

Therefore, I am asking everyone to indicate whether they want to continue being on the Engine Room Prayer Team.

Just email the sentence below to TheEngineRoom@TheCatholicGuy.com

I want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer Team

If I do not receive this sentence I will no longer send you the Engine Room Updates.

 

FROM THE AIR

I am writing at 40,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean on my way from Sydney to Dallas. I made the reverse trip just 6 days ago. I had been in the US for the previous 10 weeks but went to visit my son and his wife for their son’s baptism for three days. I then spent two days with our staff in Sydney and was with Rosemary for her birthday.

You will recall from the last Engine Room Update I mentioned how tough it had been as a result of delays that occurred earlier this year. But God has a divine plan that exceeds our understanding. We continue to be blessed amazingly with God providing for us and opening doors I could never have imagined which I will share with you when I am able.

THE HEART CONFERENCES

Your prayers for the Heart Women’s Conferences have been heard by God. There have been two conferences so far with a third starting today and another in a month’s time.

Rosemary my wife who leads the Heart Conference and Ministry, sent this message to me as I have been away after the second conference.

Dear Bruce

Last week I shared with the Catholic Guy Impact Community that we all play our part, but God’s grace runs deep! He surprised me and showed me just how this works.

The second Heart Conference was held a couple of weeks ago. It is the fourth time we have held it at the same venue.

Before the event had even started God showed me a wonderful display of His grace and how he uses and honors the little part we play in His plans. 

Yvonne is one of the floor managers at the venue that we hired. She introduced herself to me on the bump in day (set up day). She said if there was anything we needed that we should go to her and she would help. Yvonne had a lovely manner and the staff at the venue are always so gracious and serve with a happy disposition. 

As we were unpacking our equipment later in the day, Yvonne came and stood beside me and said, “didn’t you hold the Heart Conference in October last year and not June like this year? I said, “yes, but our team had been exhausted coming off a youth conference we also conduct only two weeks before the Heart Conference in late September. So, I decided to move the Heart Conference to June, an earlier time in the year.”

Yvonne said that she had been rostered on last year to do our event and at that stage in life was going through a very rough period in her own life. While working at the conference and being in the room where the talks, prayer and music were she heard some of the talks and said that what she had heard had helped her greatly in her life!!!!!!

So, this year when she saw we had booked again to put on Heart she put her name down to be on the roster for this event, so she would not miss it!!!!!

Bruce, I was blown away – that without even knowing it God was reaching this woman who was in need at the time. God honored us by using us to touch this lady who was employed at the venue to help us. Once again, the gospel works – the word of God saves, teaches, goes forth, changes lives and does not return void.

Oh, to be used by God – and we were – to be worthy of being His servant and we are not but He graciously, mercifully does use us, and desires us to be His hands and feet, to speak with love and truth. May His name be praised. 

Love Rosemary

 

The stories I have heard from the Heart Conferences have been very powerful. Here are some of the comments from women who attended.

Remember, you in the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. are responsible for these responses. That is right YOU!   Prayer is the key.

♦ My heart was over flowing with love, emotion and holiness. I learnt more about my faith and the Bible in one weekend than anytime during my lifetime. Thank you for helping me soften my heart. Leonnie

♦ I found the conference to be engaging in a spiritual and emotional level. It came at a time in my life when the comfort was truly appreciated and necessary. Margaret

♦ Attending the Heart Conference for the second time has given me an opportunity to be outspoken and confidently bold about my faith. The speaker’s story of God’s grace in their lives has drawn me to a more personal encounter with God. It is a God moment for me – every aspect of the conference. Thank you.

This was my fourth Heart Conference and confirmed for me why I keep coming back. I love the fact that women are able to express their feelings and not feel intimidated in any way. Heather 

♦ Heart 2018 was an incredible experience. I feel blessed to have attended. I can’t wait for Heart 2019. I have already booked my ticket. Gemma.

♦ Very inspirational and encouraging. Gave me tools to use to grow my relationship with God and those around me. Other women’s stories help me to understand myself better. Lyn 

What a great time away for a few days to spend with a room full of women of varying ages, all on different journeys, and yet journeying towards the same goal. The many speakers, with varied engaging topics, had us captivated but challenged from start to finish. My sister and I are so glad that we were able to spend this time away together. We met some beautiful women. Margaret 

♦ I so enjoyed this conference, my third. Best way to be pampered, inspired and take time out. It’s only once a year, the presenters, the food, the venue all fabulous. Can’t wait to catch up with the friendly faces again. Kaye

The next Heart Conference starts today and runs for three days.

We are going to hold the Heart Conference in the USA. As it will be the first we are going to do it for the women who are a part of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. in the US who are able to attend. More details will follow. If you are interested in helping, please let Rosemary and I know. More details will follow. Write to Heart@TheCatholicGuy.com

For those outside the United States we will send you the sessions to watch wherever you are.

 

PROCLAMATION

Pope Francis wrote a document called The Joy of the Gospel and he started by saying;

The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.

Joy is a notion that we often confuse with happiness and laughter, and while they can be aspects of it, joy is a far deeper and richer concept. It captures the idea of complete contentment that comes from encountering or knowing someone or something intimately and personally.

The gospel which means the good news, refers to the love of God for every human being and for humanity as a whole. It is ‘good’ because it tells us that while we were yet sinners, cut off from God due to our human frailty, God reached out to us through Jesus overcoming any impediment to us experiencing the fullness of life with God both here and in the life to come.

It is this ‘good news’, the Gospel, that causes us to experience ‘joy’ as a personal reality that fills our hearts and lives.

I say all this to simply say, Jesus can be encountered personally in a manner that we are certain of giving life a completely new meaning.

This new life was introduced to me by a Catholic priest when I was a young teenager. I have never forgotten that I accepted Christ into my life and said, “God I give myself to you. Swamp me with your Holy Spirit so that my life is no longer controlled by me but by you.” In other words, “God, you drive.”

I could take you to the very place I was when this moment that changed the trajectory of my life occurred. I know joy!

It is this confrontation with joy that compels me to share Christ and to invite others to do the same.

You are part of this ministry of proclamation, telling and leading people to Christ. You are crucial to this work. Whether you are from New York in the USA, Cape Town in South Africa, London in England or Sydney in Australia or any of the other places small and large around the world, all of us who work in this ministry, including myself, are relying upon you.

The word T.E.A.M. in the Engine Room Prayer Team stands for Together Everyone At Mission. To me the most important word in this is the word ‘At.’  So often people in the Church talk about getting together and doing mission, that is proclaiming Christ but sadly it does not happen. So often we do not actually find many people ‘At’ it. Together you and I are.

Airline travel is made up of many different tasks. There are the obvious ones such as the pilots and the flight attendants, and then there are engineers, check in people, baggage handlers, flight trainers, cleaners, computer people let alone air traffic controllers, runway service people, the fire people, security etc, etc, etc. Without any of these people a person could not travel by air. All of them make air travel possible.

As a member of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. know that you are crucial to this work of proclamation. Sometimes, like now, I cannot share all of the details of what is happening behind the scenes, but I can assure you that we are working on some world wide affecting initiatives that will take the Gospel everywhere.

The size of what we are working on is so large, it is possibly why it is so difficult at times to carry out. I am sure it is the reason why Satan and evil works against this work in powerful and often niggling ways to disrupt and discourage us.

Please pray for us at this time, as meetings are being held in various places to help us proclaim the Gospel to our loved ones, our friends and the world at large. Jesus said we would do greater things than He did and yet so often we forget this.

For this to happen we need some people to help us who have the ability to do so in a number of different ways. They will need to do it not for the acknowledgement they will get or for what it will give them back but because it is Christ like in laying down their life for others. They will need to do it because it is the right thing to do.

So please pray.

You and I are called to live bold and daring lives in our homes and out in the world. So let’s agree to be the Christians we read of in the New Testament who have encountered and been captured by the love and presence of God in our lives, so that we would live the life of Jesus Christ on earth of power, impact, freedom and purpose.

Together let’s ask and beg God that more people will hear the message of Jesus and respond.

Thank you for joining me and on this daring journey of faith.

Sometimes Rosemary says to me, “do you think we are crazy for trying this?”  “Absolutely” is my only response as it would so much easier to just stay at home. I am inviting you to be a little bit ‘crazy’ in believing we can share Christ with the WHOLE world!!!

Don’t forget to let me know if you want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M.

God bless

Bruce


20 comments on “The Engine Room

  1. It is a priviledge to pray with and for this ministry. It is according to God’s will in Christ to minister the love, truth, salvation and freedom provided by our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus to all. Thank you all for your blessed endeavors to fulfill the calling! I pray our Lord continue to provide health, finances, peace, favor, grace, mercy, safety, blessings in relationship and joy to you all!

  2. Thank you for blazing a trail for so many to come to know Jesus in a truly personal way. Praying that ALL of your needs be met in the coming days!

  3. I have been, and continue to be, filled with Joy since joining the Lenten Program, watching the video from the gathering at Brisbane and joining the TEAM. Thank you Bruce, Rosemary and all involved.
    May God strengthen us all.

  4. Dear Bruce and Rosemary
    You guys and the TEAM are a wonderful service to all those around you, in a world where daily we see the tragedy that unfolds in people’s lives and brings with it uncertainty and fear. Many people live in these places and the need for peace in their life, surety and comfort, is brought to them, touching their lives by your ministry and anointing. Opening hearts to hear the Word of God, touching them in a way others can’t and using the vehicle of your TV ministry and Heart Conferences, changes individuals, families, societies, towns and regions in a way and using a vehicle that displaces the guilt and loneliness they hold deep in them, often feeling unworthy without knowing the love, God has for them. You change that and I just want to wish you well and offer encouragement for all you and your TEAM do, every single day in every endeavour to reach out and share.
    God bless you all
    Greg

  5. Thank you for always checking in with us and for asking us to be a part of your mission no matter where we live or our circumstances. I have felt for a few years that this is the work that God is asking me to be part of. I have had differing ideas of how, but slowly He is showing me step by step and in His time when I have grown enough. The Engine Room is a great way for this to be fulfilled but He is also leading me to other avenues and giving me friendship, and people to be around who also love God and encourage His Mission. It all started with me finding you on my TV and I pray that millions more will do so and the work will continue to not only thrive but go beyond any of our expectations.
    God has no limits to his mercy, love or ability to use us. Thank you for all you do on a daily basis and for your supportive family and team who make it possible.

  6. Dear Bruce and Rosemary,
    You are doing an amazing job continuing with your discipleship of Christ. May the Lord be with you as you proceed with His work entrusted to you.

    Yes I want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer Team.

    I would also ask you to pray especially for a friend of ours “Joseph” who has had an Aortic Dissection a few days ago – a very serious heart condition. Following surgery he is now in an induced coma for a week for his body to regain strength. His family is greatly distressed as his wife is expecting their fourth child in 3 weeks time. Would thank you urgently for your prayers for healing and coping.

    Thanking you
    Angie

  7. I would love to be a part of the Engine Room and do my little bit to assist you amazing ministry and let God use me for his wonderful plan

  8. Thank you Bruce and Rosemary to invite me and to be part of this holy mission. I want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. TOGETHER EVERY ONE AT MISSION. Amen in Jesus name. Hallelujah.

  9. Thank you Rosemary and Bruce what you have given me with going back in believing in my faith even more .Yes love to continue with the engine room prayer TEAM

  10. I found joy again during the Lent program….and a new belief in myself and my Saviour. Thank you to the words you touch us with and to Rosemary, your family and staff. And thank you to my fellow prayer friends in the Engine Room. God bless you all for the hope you bring.

  11. Dear Bruce , Rosemary and Team , I am excited to continue on with the Engine Room prayers. I trust in our Lord with all my heart and He will bring you through and reach millions with the glory of his grace and love for us.
    May the crazy continue.
    Bless you all
    Kaye

  12. I want to be able to support you in prayer and in Jesus Holy Name. This also allows me to grow in His Love, please could we support our priests in prayer that they may have the strength to carry on they also.
    I also want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer Team.

  13. It is wonderful to be part of this prayerful group.
    I pray for the catholic guy ministry and all those who this ministry reaches out to so that we can all be part of the ody of Christ testifying to the goodness and greatness of God.

  14. Thank you Bruce and Rosemary for the invitation to continue being a member of the prayer team. I will continue to raise The Catholic Guy in my prayers.

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