December 2018
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A Publication of the South Pacific Division Publishing Ministries Department

An Invaluable Experience - All who desire an opportunity for true ministry, and who will give themselves unreservedly to God, will find in the canvassing work opportunities to speak upon many things pertaining to the future, immortal life. The experience thus gained will be of the greatest value to those who are fitting themselves for the ministry. It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God. As they cherish the thoughts that Christ is their Companion, a holy awe, a sacred joy, will be felt by them amid all their trying experiences and all their tests. They will learn how to pray as they work. They will be educated in patience, kindness, affability, and helpfulness. They will practice true Christian courtesy, bearing in mind that Christ, their Companion, cannot approve of harsh, unkind words or feelings. Their words will be purified. The power of speech will be regarded as a precious talent, lent them to do a high and holy work. The human agent will learn how to represent the divine Companion with whom he is associated. To that unseen Holy One he will show respect and reverence because he is wearing His yoke and is learning His pure, holy ways. Those who have faith in this divine Attendant will develop. They will be gifted with power to clothe the message of truth with a sacred beauty - Testimonies, vol 6., page 322. (1900) 

What's in this Edition?

A Special Kind . . . 

Ex-Rugby player . . .

Ghosts in his house . . . 


A Special Kind of Customer

Gerard Kelly became involved with my family eight years ago and as a result, became part of our church family.

When we first met him he lived a transient lifestyle working in different parts of New Zealand often using his car as his accommodation. At my son’s suggestion, I allowed Gerard to use my caravan in exchange for maintaining my property. I found him to be respectful, spotlessly clean and spiritually minded.

What fascinated me most was he had a 1,000 ideas on how I could market my books. Being an avid reader with a photographic memory he invested in the purchasing of a number of books. What he read encouraged him to become a vegetarian. To my visitors he classed himself as being adopted into my family.

About two years ago Gerard shifted into a room adjoining the local Seventh-day Adventist church. He became the caretaker and treated the church like his own home. All his work was immaculate. He would rise early and be gone for the day either painting the buildings at our Tui Ridge camp grounds or he’d be out helping someone somewhere.

Sadly, he died recently as a result of a tragic accident. At his funeral his brother, an Auckland lawyer mentioned that Gerard was a high achiever. At Otago University he excelled with honours in Rugby, Golf and Law. Yet despite this he declined to become a lawyer disagreeing with its systems.

His Irish family were shattered with his decision, He left the comforts of his Auckland home and travelled around New Zealand devoting his life to helping others with his “ACTS of KINDNESS”. Living a frugal lifestyle helped him maintain his passion to help the needy.

At his funeral one man testified how he was painting his house when Gerard from his car window called out, “Do you want a hand to help paint your house”. Many other amazing tributes were told of this tireless worker for the Lord.

Gerard had a passion to share God’s knowledge by lending his books as well as distributing pieces of Literature on my behalf. A great talker and never short of words was our Gerard ... he is sadly missed. Come dear Jesus come.

Until then Rest In Peace Gerard.

Marea Campbell
Team Leader, Regional, North New Zealand Conference
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Ex-Rugby Player Walks
3 kilometres to Church!!

In July 2015, Victorian Literature Evangelist, Sandy Wallis, was invited to partner with the Wynyard Seventh-day Adventist church in North West Tasmania. Sandy faithfully worked in the surrounding area finding contacts for church members to follow up.

The new contacts were given their first DVD of Beyond the Search as a gift, with further DVDs in the series shared by the Pastor and local members. The on-going visitation opens new friendship opportunities for earnest members to connect with residents in their community. With God’s Spirit moving on hearts with each visit, trust is built and hearts are won to Jesus.

Sandy met Brian (not real name) and there on his doorstep he shared about his life. Brian is an ex- professional rugby player from New Zealand who is now suffering with severe back pain. He is separated from his wife and also missing his children very much.

Brian has given up many vices and now realises what alcohol has done to his body and mind. With faithful church member visitation a friendship developed. Just recently we received an email from Paul Borg, Wynyard church member and Literature Evangelist, saying that Brian came along to church.

Paul wrote, “This is a huge step for him. I don’t think he has ever been to church. I was overjoyed when he stepped into the church. Keep praying as God continues to lead him….. He even brought his son along and walked about three kilometres to church.”

Joe Paola
Team Leader,
Victorian & Tasmanian Conferences
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Ghosts in his house!!

I met John who now realised after our chat that the ghosts in his house were evil spirits and he asked me to pray.

He didn't know that there was a battle going on between God and Satan. He didn't know that Satan was fighting for his very soul. He said that nobody had told him.

When I prayed I asked the evil spirits to get out of his house in the name of Jesus.

And just to be sure, I told him that he needed to go and sit in the Warburton Seventh-day Adventist Church and feel the warmth of Christian friendship, enjoy the beautiful music and to pray and feel God’s Presence. I said that He could have lunch there too and he agreed.

I couldn't sell John anything or give him anything to read for that matter, but I noticed that there were tears running down his cheeks. You see John can't read because he is almost blind.

Wendy Kent
Team Leader, Book Party Evangelism, Australila
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