I have just completed a 12 week apologetics course through RZIM (Ravi Zacharius International Ministeries) and I can't recommend it highly enough!! I have learnt so much about loving people and really hearing them before sharing God with them. I have
gained so much confidence in defending my faith in Jesus. I understand the depth and coherence of our world view. I grasp the importance of emperical evidence and how science and the gospel walk hand in hand.
It is truly exciting and moving!
I need this groundwork in place if the land and Pilgrim's Progress are God's plan. We have such a major influx of tourists as of this week arriving on our peninsula, and within a year it has been predicted New Zealand will have more tourists than our population.
I want to use this platform to increase awareness about human trafficking and support A21 and our local NZ agency Child Rescue with more financial support.
We make plans but God directs and guides according to his better one. I love the conversations
that are already happening regarding the direction we are heading, and this I know...we are heading toward more sharing of our faith and more life lived selflessly for the glory of God!
Last week I had to interview my husband's closest friend
(not a Christian) as part of my course. I had to ask him four main questions but I could ask more questions within each subset if I felt he had not explored his view enough. I was not allowed to comment or offer my thoughts in exchange, just hear him out alone.
The questions where for him to share his view of Origin, Meaning, Morality and Destiny. It was so powerful.
This experience was so much more than I could have imagined. It taught me to really hear people, and see the flaws and experiences that brought
them to their world view.
For example, my friend believes we came from apes, that animals have no spirits only humans do, that he believes we all evolved from nothing and that when we die our spirits go are the spirits of the next born child.
Now none of this is coherent but for him with his background of police work seeing abuse and death too often, it helped him cope. This was a powerful point for me to understand. Behind every world view is a personal story of pain.