N.Z. 2011 April 2011
New Zealand: • The youngest country on Earth • Population: 4.36 million • Natives of New Zealand are the Maori • A New Zealander is known as a ‘Kiwi’
Auckland is home to approx. 404,658 people; making it the largest city in NZ.
A WEEK AS A KIWI; LIFE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. - Apostle Paul to the Romans. Romans 10:17 If there is a paradise on Earth, New
struggling church located in Auckland. Our team
Zealand might very well be it. It’s such a
stayed with different members of the church and
beautiful country filled with beautiful landscapes
spent the week working on different projects
and no scary animals whatsoever... I’m sure the
including painting, cleaning and hosting a lock-
beauty of the country is part of the reason they
in for the youth.
filmed Narnia and Lord of the Rings there! While
An issue that really shocked and affected
there, I would constantly catch myself thinking us was the amount of students who, not only in how amazing it is that seeing God face to face
Auckland but in the church, are ashamed of the
will be a million times more beautiful. It’s so hard
gospel -- to many of them it looks like
foolishness. Believers are looked down upon
When trying to find a way to thank you for your support, we decided sending a small
and many struggle to stay firm in their faith. It made us realize the importance of
newsletter with some photographs would be the sharing, as Paul says in Romans, that none of us best way. We wanted to not only let you know what
our righteous; we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We deserve death, but
we got to see and experience, but also how God’s free gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus; for much you helped us - whether that was with prayer and encouragement or with finances.
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. To the church in Corinth, Paul also touches
Our main purpose in going to New Zealand on what is so true in New Zealand (and the USA) was to help and be an encouragement to a right now... that the message of the cross is folly
Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
If you would like to see more photos you can visit www.sethandlara.com or you can visit us in real life!
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. - Paul, Romans 10 to those who are perishing, but to the saved (those who truly believe and
follow hard after him and to trust him with every aspect of our lives
have confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him from the dead
) is the
Seth has about a year left before he has his MBA and we are
power of God.
not entirely sure what’s next. Although we have a few ideas,
So many times we get so comfortable with life that we forget the urgency of the gospel. We forget to read the word, we forget to share the truth of Jesus and we just live
WE ARE ALL CALLED TO GO
life trying to do everything in our own strength. We forget to
we feel some clarity may come up within the next few months. Meanwhile, we are both working for the church, and Seth is not only working for the university but is designing web sites for local companies in San Angelo. We
boast in our weaknesses and lose sight of the fact that when we
are praying for discernment for our future.
are weak, Christ is strong. Father has truly used this one week
We can say this: we are certain Father has called us (all) to go, share
overseas to grow us individually and as a couple. He has driven us to
the truth of his name, and make disciples.
“I feel so challenged to truly know the word of Christ and share with those who are willing to listen.” - Lara
“I have realized the importance of sharing my faith, no matter how the world may view me.” - Seth