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By on 17/01/2019

UPDATE
13 January 2019
I WRITE CONCERNING A SERIOUS ISSUE

To my Dear Friends

Staff
Site Leaders
Board Members
Donors
G/300 Donors
Engine Room Prayer Team
Leaders of Ministry Teams
Those who serve on our many Teams
My family


Happy New Year. I pray the Lord is blessing you.

write from Washington DC in the USA. It is snowing outside right now where the temperature is -1C or 30F. Only a couple of days ago I was in Perth, Western Australia, where it was much warmer 36C or 97F as you will see in the picture below.

There are many things that I would like to communicate with you as we commence 2019 but I will concentrate on what I believe is the most important and cover the other subjects in future communications.

My prayer is that as you read this, you will encounter Jesus in a powerful and personal manner. This Update comes out of my prayer over the past year. I want to help you have the best year of your life as we start this new year by what I write about today in this first Update for 2019.

For the staff of the ministry, I ask you to implement this into your life and we will discuss and evaluate your personal progress. It is a priority for you as employees of the ministry.

As you would all know we made the decision to pause our activities in 2018 after trialing our various activities as it became evident that the potential for what we are doing in proclaiming the Gospel to people far exceeded what we initially thought was possible, even though our convictions were large then. There has been so much to learn and numerous significant challenges concerning creating the appropriate infrastructure of reaching people who have ceased or feel disconnected from the Church. I am pleased to say our conviction is deeper today than when we started and as we expand all of our activities in 2019 into even new areas as well as those, we have done in the past I am confident of the Lords blessing.

Simplistic explanations are normally given by good people as to why people are falling away from the Church, but it is more complex than these surface issues that most people are able to point to.

On top of the complex issues as to why people are not attending Church, particularly our young, what is ravaging us right now and is only going to get worse is the growing sexual abuse issue in the Church.

To name just two places deeply affected by this is Australia with senior clerics being convicted and awaiting trial and sentencing. This is going to have a shocking effect upon the Church across the country. Also, in the United States, I recently read 36 of the 197 Dioceses have been investigated to date with numerous revelations of abuse being investigated in the remaining Dioceses. Just the other day, I spoke to a senior priest in one Archdiocese who said what is expected to happen is that accusations will commence soon in Europe and then move to Africa where it is expected to be devastating.

I do not know if this will occur, but what I do know is that if ever there was a need for a ministry like what we are doing it is now. We reach out to those who have left or are questioning and while most people have not personally been affected by the abuse issue it is a huge hurdle to them in participating in Church again. We have to take the Gospel beyond the boundaries of the Church walls to those far away and to those who have been abused. Christ is the answer for all people.

As staff in this ministry, it is a requirement that we, that you, are ‘above reproach’ in your behaviour. Our words will not be listened to any longer because we the Church have lost the moral ground through what has happened.

The only thing that will reach people who are disillusioned by the Church is our lives lived as Christians and the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. It must be our lives that speak.

Holiness of life is what will change the world and nothing less. Our behaviour matters – not just in sexual matters – but in all things. For our lives to be holy, however, we need to change our personal habits that prevent us from being the saints God is calling us to be.

Perfection is not required, and neither is being sinless, but holiness is a must!

For this reason, as members of our staff and the leaders of our Sites, I require you to watch the accompanying video at the end of this Update and adopt it as a practice in your life, as one of your daily Habits.

If you do not, it will disqualify you from working on our staff or leading one of our Sites. On this, I will give no ground as your behaviour will affect all of us but mostly those who are in some way disconnected from the Church.

To all involved in our ministry and to my family I strongly encourage you implement what I will write about in the remainder of this Update and the accompanying video.

A few days ago, as many of you know was my birthday and what was special about it was that I was with Rosemary, our children and their families. We do not get together very often as we live in different places. It was a wonderful time.

As an extra surprise for my birthday, our children contacted people who know me, as well as people from my past and asked if they would send letters of a memory or a reflection or anything the person wanted to say to me. On my birthday they gave me a giant bundle of letters and emails from people who had written. What people wrote of their interactions with me are very confronting to me as to how they have been affected. In some cases, I never knew what influence I have had. I am quite overwhelmed, to be honest. The letters are a testament to what God has done in people’s lives when the Gospel is proclaimed. I would love to publish what people have written but it would probably come across as lacking in all humility.

These letters are also a testimony to me of the promise and power of God. As a young teenage boy, I felt God convict me that I was to proclaim Jesus and that people’s lives would be changed and that God had the power to do so. The book of Acts in the Bible shows us that whenever the ‘good news’ of Jesus is responded to that God bursts forth in people’s lives amazingly.

As I say, I feel overwhelmed by the letters.

It has made me think what would have happened;

• If I had done more through my life?
• If I had been more deliberate?
• If I had been a holier person, that is been more who God has asked and called me to be?

How many more people’s marriages, effectiveness as parents, careers, feeling of self-worth, healing and how much more faith would people have today if I had been even more the person God called me to be?

The past few days have caused me to reflect on my life and take stock of where I am and ask, “how should I live my life going forward from now, because I cannot change the past, but I can change who I am in the future.”

Whilst in Australia and reflecting each morning, I would wander just outside the house sitting among mobs of kangaroos, taking photos on my phone like this one I took and praying and thinking,

“am I being who God called me to be and
how can I be more useable by God?”

These are questions we should all ask. Most of us don’t work in Church ministry but every person has a Christian ministry to be used by God where we are and to be all that God calls us to be.

This kangaroo is being all it can be. Are you being all that God made or calls you to be? As you start this new year are you happy with who you are right now? The difference between people and the kangaroo is we have free choice.

This actually is very close to what the definition of a saint is;

being all that God calls each one of us to be.

All of us are called to be saints. Yes, I know when we think of a saint, we think of some ‘wow’ person that the Church holds up to us because of the life they lived. They should be held up to all of us, but being a saint is more than just for those exemplary people. I repeat, sainthood is being all that God has called us to be. Being a saint is not dependent on the Church giving us that title but on us responding in the very best way we can to God in our lives.

Being a saint does not mean perfection or being sinless. The saints acknowledged by the Church were very ‘human’ when it came to personal faults. So yes, you can be a saint and I am going to help you as we begin 2019.

Whether you serve in some manner across the many tasks in our ministry, donate funds to make it possible, work on our staff, are a member of the Board, are part of the Engine Room Prayer Team that underpins theministry in prayer, are one of the many advisors to the ministry or lead and attend one of our Sites, we all have two things in common as part of this ministry;

  1. We are all in each other’s ‘company’ as we do all of the many different things together that make up the ministry which seeks to proclaim to people who are disconnected from God and the church.
  2. And as I have written God calls each of us to be a saint.

We might say that, “The Catholic Guy Ministry” is ‘THE COMPANY OF SAINTS.’

So how do we as saints grow in our individual sainthood or another way to say this is, how do we be all that God asks us to be in 2019 as individuals and as members of this ministry that affects so many people’s lives around the world?

Now I know that there are some of you saying right now, “but you don’t know me Bruce. I am caught in ways of acting and thinking that I struggle to change.” If this is your thought, you are well on the way to sainthood, if you will just depend on God. Let me explain.

What makes us “us” is that we as human beings are the sum total of our habits. Those are habits that we are aware of and the many habits that are subconscious or that we do without thought. Some habits are the result of deliberate decisions and others are the result of ways of thinking and acting that we fell into. Some habits are very positive and move us toward the person God called us to be and achieving and being in life what we should be, and other habits move us away from who God calls us to be. We call these ‘bad habits.’

New Year’s Resolutions are our attempt to change our negative or bad habits and/or adopt behaviors that will cause us to be all God has created us be. We all know however that within hours or a few days of making New Year’s Resolutions most people forget they ever tried to change and what the resolution was. This is because change is so difficult, and we allow ourselves to give up. Our subconscious habits can dominate our lives and keep us trapped by actions and thoughts that we do not want to be part of our life.

Interestingly, it is only when we stop, take time and deliberately reflect on our lives that we can see those subconscious habits that stop us from being the person that God wants us to be. How do we change these bad habits? I mean really change them and not just wish they would change? Some examples of ‘bad habits’ that are hard to change;

• Eating when we don’t need to.
• Not being aware of the needs of our spouses.
• Being self-centered which is demanding from others and not giving.
• Negative talk.
• Laziness.
• Watching too much television or time on the internet.
• Being judgmental of others.
• Jealousy.
• Gossip.
• Biting our nails.
• Not studying like we should.
• Overspending and not living inside our budget.
• Procrastinating.
• Saying “um” and ‘ah.’
• Lacking confidence.

The list goes on and on of what we call ‘bad habits.’ These rob us from being the people God has called us to be.

So how do we change these ‘bad habits?’

To help you become the person God is calling you to be and to help us be an internationally effective ministry of proclamation of the Gospel, I want to introduce you to;

The Habits of
The Company of the Saints.

Taking control of our habits will help us achieve more, do more and be more as The Company of Saints who are Christ followers. Changing our habits will improve us as friends, spouses, parents and grandparents and help us to achieve so much more in life. Using theological language, this is at the heart of conversion or encountering the person of Jesus who does not leave us as we are but grants us the ability to change.

The new Habits we require are built upon our desire to be who God calls us to be.

Remember what I said earlier, it is your life that must proclaim Christ. The world is not interested in our words right now but how we live and if we are the ‘real’ Christian we claim to be. Now I know some of you are still saying, ‘but I am not holy,’ and I want to say to you that if you become a better spouse, friend, parent, teacher, business person, trades person, volunteer, priest, etc by changing your habits with prayer, you will be living the definition of holiness and those around you will see. You don’t have to be a spokesperson for the Church you just have to be who God called you to be and the ‘everyday’ habits in your life dictate this.

Holiness is taking charge of yourself.

Rather than write pages more please listen to the first Message I recorded this year on The Habit of Examination. It is a ‘how to’ Message and not a ‘theoretical’ Message. The following Scripture is central to the Message.

HABIT ONE
The Habit of Examination

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

You can view the full message below:

A great deal is happening in the ministry, but I will address all of that next time. For now, I pray that you will be all that God calls you to be in 2019.

God bless

Bruce


By on 16/01/2019

The Joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Laughter is the best medicine! That is especially true when you think about the taste of some medicines. A dose of smiles, joy or a good laugh is so much nicer than swallowing medicine. I didn’t use the word ‘easier’ because in some circumstances in life a smile is hard to find. But it is definitely better than going through life glum, angry, sad and depressed. There is always someone in this world less fortunate than you.

Smile in the Lord, with the Lord and through the help of the Lord. If you see the best side of what life has for you then all will go well for you because He is the way, the truth and the life. We may not understand it this side of heaven, but He will never forsake us or leave us forlorn. He is our comfort, our fortress, our almighty warrior. He can fight any battle we may have to fight. He can overcome any mountain we have to climb and we can do it with a joy within us that sustains us and gives us all the strength we need.

And I’m not talking about any self-help books where we do it all by ourselves and think positive. No! It’s all about Him and what He does in our circumstances.

A lady I know is not able to drive anymore because she is getting on in years and is not safe on the road. So, she walks – everywhere! It takes her hours, but she does it with a laugh. She stops by to say hello, asks for a drink of water and says she is becoming very fit! I marvel at her positive attitude and after talking to her further you realize where she is getting this joy from – the Creator of all things. This wise old lady now spends the time enjoying more of God’s creation, nature, sunshine, the cold wind, leaves and all that she sees. As I have come to know her more, she told me that as a little girl she was in one of the German concentration camps and she survived. The joy of life and the knowledge of the blessings she has received from her Father in Heaven have never left her.

I shake my head in shame when I so easily complain about a sore toe and frown at life when I’m frustrated on the road driving to work. So today God has taught me to smile more at what I have, and who I am and to find joy in the life He has given me and continues to give me.

Find the joy, a smile maybe even a chuckle and take your medicine from the perfect Doctor in heaven, and let’s see if we could change someone else’s life with our joy. This old lady changed mine.

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


By on 09/01/2019

Have you ever had a dream that you thought would never occur? Have you stuffed up your life choices so much that you have lost your dream? Well, I would like to encourage you today!

If it is a dream that God has placed in your heart from the beginning, then it is not over until you either decide you will not “go again” or God decides to change your direction.

Moses was born and placed on the river Nile in a basket because his wise mother was trying to find a way to rescue him. The Pharaoh’s daughter found him and claimed him for her own and so he was brought up in the Pharaoh’s palace. His mother was his wet-nurse and breastfed him until he was a young boy. Surely, his mother would have taught him his heritage and shared with him stories of his people?

When Moses was a young man, he saw the injustices being done to his people. He could not contain his anger and so killed an Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew and then he ran away. He continued running for the next 40 years. Did you hear that? Moses ran for forty years! And his life was so different to palace life. Could God have had a different plan? Maybe God put him in the palace to be the Ruler? Perhaps he was to change things from inside the hierarchy?

Was all lost? NO! Years later, God spoke to Moses again through a burning bush and said, “I have seen my oppressed people and I hear their cry, so I am sending you.”

Moses had seen and heard the cry of God’s people many years before and the dream in his heart to set them free somehow was now taking place over forty years later. This was because God had put that call in his heart from the beginning, and even though the circumstances of his life appeared that all was lost, this was not the case. Not with God.

Did you notice how Moses then started to bring up excuses not to do the job? He had lost courage and focus. God can use all circumstances and disappointments in our lives to accomplish what His plan is for our lives. The call within is still quietly pulsating. The call still has a heartbeat even if it appears dead or very faint.

Place your trust and hope in Him and all will not be lost. No matter how old you are. God can accomplish things in a snap of the fingers or with just a thought. How great is our God?

Be encouraged. I’ll say it another way. Have courage! God is with you. God is caring for you and continually calling to you and wanting you to dream your dreams because He has placed a purpose for you in your heart.

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


By on 02/01/2019

I’m not one for New Year resolutions because I make them whenever I feel them necessary in my life. There is no right or wrong way for making a new start. Even though lots of people do it at the beginning of a year, I just do it differently.

I looked at my computer this morning and realized something. My webmail has an inbox and a draft folder, as well as sent and trash folders. Sometimes I’m expecting mail in my inbox and keep looking for it but often I find unexpected mail. These then get read and my replies are sent, trash is purged, then compositions are written and drafted or sent out immediately. My mail is checked daily.

If I checked my life, my dreams (or drafts) against my inbox (expected and unexpected), discarded the trash daily and sent part of myself to family/friends/work colleagues/people in my world, I would achieve so much and actually renew my life daily. This would probably be because it would be all laid out before me. I would be able to actually see me, my life, and my goals and in doing so, change, rejoice, redo, and keep doing things accordingly. Juggling my time, motivation or lack thereof, fluctuating energy, and facing the reality of my life are things that prevent this from happening. If I did this daily, or on a consistent basis like my webmail, I would not be cluttered with unproductiveness in my life.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV), I read:

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.

Maybe it’s time! Spread ‘you’ on a piece of paper and assess what you’re doing and where you are going. Decide what is important in your life. Where does God fit in? Is He even in your life? He loves you and wants the best dreams, drafts and inboxes ever, but He needs your email address! Sit and talk to him and send Him an email that shares you with Him.

God is interested in you. He created you and wants to have a relationship with you. He wants only the best for you.

So now I am going to do what I’m suggesting myself and have a long email with God, laying out me on a piece of paper to assess how things are. Yes, I know I’m late for New Year’s resolutions but as I shared earlier, I don’t normally do them. However, God’s prompting voice whispered to me through my inbox and encouraged me, it’s time!

Is it time for you too?

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


By on 31/12/2018

31 December 2018

 

My Dear friends in the Engine Room,

I pray that Christmas was a blessed time and that the year to come is a time of great blessing.

Thank you for your continued support of the ministry through your prayer.

Yes, it has been some time since I have written, but I appreciate that I have continued to receive emails of your support.

I genuinely believe that the Engine Room Prayer Team has been the reason for a number of miracles that have occurred in the past few months.

This will be a longer Update than usual as much has happened.

To be honest, I struggle a bit to know how to write about the ministry. For many years I have studied, prayed, experimented, failed and at times succeeded when it comes to evangelization and sharing faith in our modern world that has in large part closed its ears to the Gospel.

When I was working on a small scale, it was easier, but now it is widespread across countries and is far more complex and costs such an amazing amount of money. Most people do not understand and think it should be easier and far cheaper, but the reality is that it is going to be expensive if we are going to get to people who are far from Christ and His Church.

This work that we are doing is complex and so your prayers are more than important. They are critical.

 

THE ENGINE ROOM

Just a reminder The Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone At Mission) is the group of people who hold up the Ministry in prayer asking God’s blessing on the Team, provision for the ministry, protection of the ministry and grace for every person reached.

I sincerely regard you as being on the Team just like the staff and I are. Together we are the Body of Christ.

I will write about all kinds of things including the blessings, challenges, sadness’, financial issues, etc. of the ministry. I remind you I am not hinting for your help when I write about a challenge or difficulty we face. I am just asking for your prayer. Naturally, if you can help, do so, but that is not what this is about. If I want something, I will ask and not hint. It will be clear. What I want from you is your prayer.

Please keep these Engine Room Updates to yourself as I do not send it to everyone. Someone sent a past Engine Room Update to a member of my extended family where I spoke of these challenges asking for the Engine Room’s prayer. It greatly upset that member of my family. They did not understand it, and it greatly confused them. It actually damaged their relationship with God, the Church and me. These Updates are not to be posted on Social Media Platforms or sent to your prayer groups or friends. It is just for you.

To be honest, I actually considered not doing this anymore after this occurred and it has delayed me writing for some time, but our ministry needs your prayer.

If you know of others who would like to join the Engine Room Prayer Team, please have them email me on my address that you have. Do not send this email on to them yourself. Thank you.

 

MY DAD

It has just been Christmas. As a teenager, my memory of Christmas was of presents, family and the heat with some Christmas Days being 100+ degrees Fahrenheit.  We would sit out the back of the house on the red concrete verandah floor that Dad had turned into a large room that was not air-conditioned. The meal was the same every year with turkey, a leg of ham and plum pudding with brandy sauce, which was always, and still is, my job to prepare. (It is lethal and legendary).

Every year before Christmas lunch Dad would address the family. It was just a few moments and what he spoke about was the love of family, doing your best in life, forgiveness and caring for one another. It was simple and yet insightful, nervously delivered, particularly as he aged. To my four brothers and I, Dad was a hero.

He had been born in India because his parents, my grandparents, had gone to India as part of the expanding British Empire in the early 1900s. He met Mum there, and her parents had gone to India for the same reasons in 1917. They were more British than the British back in England as they had held on to the customs and habits of the mother country.

In 1949 the English people left India quickly, as the country gained independence and that came with the violence of a nation taking control of itself. People could not take their retirement funds or savings with them when they left the country. At first, my parents went to England and got married but with a growing family and them having to support their parents and some members of their family, they left England for Australia. They landed in Australia with virtually just the clothes they had on.

Life had been tough for them and they had missed out on so much and this changed the rest of their lives going forward. They were not bitter because they knew that others had it far worse in life than they did.

Life for Mum and Dad became centred on my four brothers and me. They gave us everything they could, and it did not matter if it was clothes or food from their plate, we came first, and they came last in everything. And I mean everything. They wanted us to be able to pursue our dream, whatever it was, and not miss out because of the past they had experienced. The story is far more grim than this but they never wanted it spoken of and so I won’t.

Dad was an engineer and worked his way up over the years to be the Head of the Machinery and Occupation Safety Department of the State Government. This was an important position in the Government.

When we had grown up, Dad’s next quest was to ensure Mum would be looked after in her retirement years should something happen to him. It was as if he knew he would go first. Mum is now 90 years old and in need of complete care. Dad provided for her.

In the end, Dad had nothing but the knowledge that he had poured his life out for others.

This is why I say Dad to us is our hero.

Dad’s life was given for us. He knew at the beginning of every day that that day would be about others and not himself.

We have been blessed by a great staff in our ministry. They have left adult children, families, friends and the city we lived in and experience the continued pain that comes from this as they would not have chosen it for themselves.

2018 has been a tough year. I have been away from the staff for well over 200 days this year. The sacrifice that they have made this year has been enormous. While I have been working in the USA, they have waited, doing so many tasks to keep it all going. People have no idea what they have been through. I am immensely grateful to God for them.

This comes on top of the six months I was away the previous year as well.

Rosemary has been amazing in this time, having traveled with me briefly, but mostly she has been by herself these past two years, always encouraging, pushing me and all of us to remember why this is so important.

We are about others just like my Dad.

We exist so that others can know Christ and Him crucified and risen.
We exist because of the infinite love of God for every human being.
We exist because Christ said go into all the world and make disciples.
We exist because we know this truth for ourselves.
We exist because God has called you and me.
We exist so that young people, who no longer go to Church and who over time forget faith, can hear the power of the Gospel in a language that makes sense to them.
We exist for husbands and wives who fall away through the hurts and changing times in their lives where Church attendance does not speak to them.
We exist for friends who listen to the voices of the world, leading itself to some place of supposed fulfillment but never quite arriving.

We exist for others.

Like Christ, we are called to pour our lives out. To give our all. We are evangelists. ‘Evangel’ means the Gospel, the good news that God loved us so much that He sent His son to die and rise for us making it possible for us to experience fullness of life that can be attained in no other way.

This ‘Word’ must be encountered as the Popes of recent decades have said.

In the US where I have spent much of my time of late, people are not leaving Church because of the scandals of abuse by priests, such as the 300 priests accused in Pennsylvania a few months ago and the 1,000 victims there or the new accusations of abuse against 500 plus priests in Illinois in the past couple of weeks. You have heard me often speak on this. This is not the reason why numbers in Church are falling so rapidly.

Equally, people are not leaving Church because it is boring and repetitive. This is not the reason.

People are stopping going to Church and walking away from faith because they have not encountered Christ personally for themselves. The Popes over and over have been saying this and saying to us, “do something about it.” This is why we exist.

Over the din of the noise of our world blocking out Christ, we must penetrate and be heard.

Education alone will not fix the problems of declining numbers in Church. Education alone will not reach your parents, brothers or sisters or children and friends who no longer believe or attend Church.

Encountering Jesus Christ ‘one on one’ is the only answer.

After a person has ‘encountered Christ,’ education is needed so that their experience of Christ consumes their mind and heart.

  • When a person has encountered Christ for themselves, their trust is not in a person in authority in the Church or the institution itself, but Christ Himself.
  • When we have encountered Jesus, we see the frailties of the Church for what they are, sin and human weakness, but it does not diminish our love of God.
  • When we have encountered Christ, we fall in love with the Church that Jesus established through which the mysteries of God are revealed to us.

My dear Engine Room Prayer Team, you know this because you have encountered Christ. He is the Lord and Savior of your lives and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we live beyond ourselves for others.

We must not give up and we must not diminish our efforts for Christ.

To my staff I recently said, I can promise you nothing more than this calling to proclaim Jesus will ask everything from you, possibly even your very physical life, and when you have given your all, you will know a love, strength and comfort that is beyond mere words to explain or describe.

 

OUR PRAYER NEEDS

After we had done our trial of the television program, we had learnt an enormous amount and so we stopped the program earlier this year so that we could plan to be even more effective. We are now preparing to proclaim Christ by launching our whole ministry more widely that consists of five initiatives of reaching people beyond the doors of the Church through;

  1. Television and Media
  2. Events
  3. Prayer and Liturgical Campaigns
  4. Live Simulation Services
  5. Centers and Sites

Each of these is big enough to consume our whole ministry alone, but I feel led in prayer that doing all at the same time will be even more effective than reaching people far from Church.

Now is the time for prayer.

We cannot do this alone. We are not called to be the person of Christ alone, but rather the Body of Christ, meaning that we all must play our part and for this we need others. We are going to require businesses that we pay as well as volunteers to help us.

  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for Ryan DellaCrosse and the team at Fuzati in Houston who we believe we have been led to meet and who will help us market our work around the world. We know that tens of thousands of people watch and engage with us now, but this is not enough. I believe God put on my heart that it must be millions. I will not rest until we are doing so each day, not each week, but each day. We must reach our families and friends as well as people who no longer connect with Christ and His Church.
  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for Rob Kaczmark and the team at Spirit Juice Productions in Chicago who will make our programs that will attract people and cause them to encounter Christ. These programs will be sent all over the world. We need high quality materials that are the equal of that found in the world if we are to attract people to Christ.
  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for David Costanzo and his team at the JPII Foundation & Fellowship for the New Evangelization just outside of Washington DC who I have recently met. I feel drawn to them in my spirit. They are Development fund-raisers. I ask you to pray for Mike Manhardt, a Godly brother who will help with this as well.
  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for Zack Visser based in Perth, Western Australia, who has just joined our staff who will oversee our outreach and worship music. This is a critical role.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR FINANCES

With the ministry expanding our financial requirements have also. I believe God has connected us to these people and other companies who are helping us. God is giving these people and companies and others a sacred trust and responsibility that each of them will give account to God one day concerning how they responded to this calling. I can find businesses anywhere, but I am looking for people who I believe that God can trust with people’s lives who do not go to Church. It is our children and our loved ones we are trusting them with.

  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for our major donors who have contributed millions of dollars so that people can know Christ. They gambled on us when they hardly knew us, but they want people to encounter Christ like we do. They want their children to love Christ like we do. They are generous people to many others but what I know is that they have added great spiritual credit to their spiritual accounts in heaven because of their step of faith in reaching people for Christ through our ministry. They have already many spiritual sons and daughters they do not even know exist.

We are a difficult organization to financially support because unlike feeding or clothing the poor that people can count, buildings that people can see, or programs where people can count participation, our work is done not knowing the effect of our time and money as faith is such a private affair. It is a step of faith for anyone who supports us.

  • I ask you to pray as we start this New Year for our many smaller donors. They too help us keep going as a ministry and they have brought many people to faith through their continuing contributions.
  • As we launch the new areas of proclamation mentioned above, we will require further funds. Our Business/Mission Plan has been put together by extraordinary business and spiritual people now that we have tested what we are doing. Someone has given us $500,000 to help us during this next period of set up. They have also committed $1,000,000 as a matching gift. What this means for every $1 given by someone else they will match it up to the $1M amount. Please pray that the Lord leads us to people who will be blessed because of their generosity with the opportunity to be part of this spiritual journey.
  • We also end the year with INSP offering $1.4M by way of our own studio and offices that we will be given for no charge and that will be set up in Charlotte in the USA. We will be able to record as well in our existing Sydney studio a well.
  • We are still far short of what we financially need to reach people who do not go to Church. It is hard to talk about finances because of the wrong-doing of some Church ministries in this area. Please pray for the Lord’s provision.
  • Please also pray for Tom Winters our Attorney has been amazing, flying all over the country and doing a considerable amount of legal work for us with his contribution being that he pays for everything and asks nothing from us. The same is given by our Jim Guinn our Accountant who refuses to charge us because he believes in us reaching people for Christ. Please pray for them.

God is serious about reaching people for Christ and has blessed us accordingly.

My dear Prayer Team, just think how God has used you to bring so many people to Christ, both young and older, through your efforts and prayer.

  • How many marriages have been saved?
  • How many children have their parents with them still when disruption seemed the way it was going?
  • How much healing has taken place in people’s lives?
  • How many people have met and married at our events?
  • How many Bishops and priests we have encouraged and trained in new ways of proclamation?
  • How many people have sold homes, changed careers and gone after dreams all because you have poured your life out for others and proclaimed Christ through your prayer and intercession?

We could never have done this without the support of the efforts of our staff, the prayer of all of you in the Engine Room Prayer Team, our donors and people offering help.

Evangelists change the world because as they lead people to Christ, people change and find themselves seeing with the eyes of Christ and helping people with needs. The greatest way to meet the countless needs there are in the world is to proclaim the Gospel such that people encounter Christ. A formed Christian will use their resources to alleviate pain and suffering. It all begins however with proclamation.

Please pray for the monthly Live Simulation broadcast which is an outreach that can be seen eight times a day for people who do not attend Church all over the world via a specially developed internet platform. The first recording is on March 9th. I will write to you about this.

The time has come to invite other people into this journey with us and so we are looking for others who can join our Team to do the many things that have to be done to reach people far from the Christ and His Church. Please pray that we will meet others.

We have been given a sacred trust and calling to proclaim Christ. We must not fail in this sacred duty.

Finally, let us pray our Community prayer together.

“Lord Jesus, give us and every member of our Church Community,

a hunger today to see all people encounter you as their personal Lord and Saviour.”

 

IT IS DONE

As I stood early one morning beside the hospital bed upon which lay the dead body of my father. He was completely spent. I knew Dad could say like St Paul who was an old man when he wrote;

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation (worship offering), and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.          2 Timothy 4:6-8

I pray this for me. That I can give my all that just one more person would know Christ. May this be true of us, ‘our lives are given’ for others.

Rosemary and I are grateful and give thanks to God for you.

God bless and may you encounter Christ in 2019.

I will write again soon.

You do not have to but below you can make comments, ask questions, offer wisdom or pray. I may not be able to read every piece of correspondence our ministry receives but I DO READ EVERYTHING written by members of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M.

Please pray for us.

God bless

Bruce


By on 26/12/2018

I really felt discouraged recently. I guess I’d been waiting for someone to pat me on the back and tell me what a good job I had done. But that just didn’t eventuate. So, I questioned whether or not I had actually done a good job. I wondered whether all my hard work had been in vain because the reward just wasn’t there.

We as humans really long for a reward and desire recognition when we do a job well. But in this instance, I had been looking in all the wrong places for acknowledgment. Should my motivation for achieving things be a tangible reward? This experience made me question my ‘purity’ of heart and then turn to God feeling repentant for putting myself first.

God sees our heart and says, ‘the first shall be last and the last shall be first.’ God rewards us but maybe we won’t see it this side of heaven. He is the person that I should seek after to get recognition of a good job well done.

Then I started questioning what was the good job I was meant to do? What was my purpose? Why was I put on the earth? Yes, it was to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind and to share the good news of God the Father, Jesus the son and the Holy Spirit! But what was my job that God has assigned just to me? I’m really trying to seek Him out and His purpose for my life. I don’t want to waste my life or go down the wrong garden path.

Each morning when I look in the mirror, I see a woman getting older. This makes me aware more and more that I have only a short time on this earth and I have an ever-increasing urgency to make all my time worthwhile for God. I want to give Him glory in everything I do and say.

In the last few years, I have often said to my friends and family I want to grow old gracefully. This has lately had extra special meaning. I will reword it for you, I want to get older with God’s Grace fully in my life.

So, I am trying to seek God’s grace in everything I do and not waste a minute of my time. Maybe I won’t really know what I’m supposed to do, but I will seek God and His Grace, so I’ve got a better chance of knowing and I’ll get to know God more through seeking Him. Wow. A reward INDEED! I think I’ve found my pat on the back in knowing more and more the love of God for me.

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


By on 24/12/2018

Day 10 – Dec 24th

I am praying with you for those you love. Underneath the video please either write a prayer or comment each day. May the Lord bless you on this journey toward Christmas.  – Bruce.


By on 23/12/2018

Day 9 – Dec 23rd

I am praying with you for those you love. Underneath the video please either write a prayer or comment each day. May the Lord bless you on this journey toward Christmas.  – Bruce.


By on 22/12/2018

Day 8 – Dec 22nd

I am praying with you for those you love. Underneath the video please either write a prayer or comment each day. May the Lord bless you on this journey toward Christmas.  – Bruce.


By on 21/12/2018

Day 7 – Dec 21st

I am praying with you for those you love. Underneath the video please either write a prayer or comment each day. May the Lord bless you on this journey toward Christmas.  – Bruce.