This morning the men had a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, spaghetti, beans and more bacon. Tom spoke about how our love for God and neighbour should not be like our love for bacon: we love bacon because of how it makes us feel and what it can give to us. With God and neighbour, we ought to have a different kind of love. God demonstrates this love when Christ died on the cross for our sin. Tom challenged that everyone needs this love because being a “good bloke” is not good enough when it comes to God’s perfect standard.
Tom’s illustration for Jesus taking on our sin and bearing our punishment involved crushing this CD in his hands!
After the men’s event, the Moore men kindly stayed behind to help set up for the women’s afternoon tea. There was a lot of engineering skill required to set up the high tea tiers. We needed 42 of them to be assembled so it was much appreciated!
The women had high tea to support cancer research. 150 were in attendance, many coming in generations of women within their family: daughter, mother, grandmother. Bronwyn first spoke facts about cancer to inform us women about what it does to the body and the different stages it occurs in. Bron then spoke on Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus walked on water. She shared how cancer has affected someone she loves dearly and the grief that comes from it. Yet she spoke of the hope and peace that we can have knowing that we have Jesus.
Cathy, Beth and Liz then got up on stage to sing It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford. They sung it a capella and it was a truly beautiful rendition. The song was penned by Horatio after a series of tragic events in his life: losing his son at the age of 2, losing his wealth after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and then losing his 4 daughters in a shipwreck. Despite all this tragedy he had hope in Jesus because he knew Jesus had taken care of his biggest need on the Cross. It was a fitting song to follow up on Bron’s talk. You can read the lyrics here: It Is Well
Afterwards, the Moore women got together to debrief at the local 50’s diner. We gave feedback on the event and shared about the conversations that followed over ice cream and milkshakes. It was lovely to spend time together and to pray for one another and the women we got in contact with.
Here are some stories of the women we spoke to:
- a woman came along but she isn’t a Christian. When asked what she thought about the talk, she diverted the conversation to another topic. Please pray that God would be softening her heart towards Jesus.
- another believes she is good enough without Jesus but was challenged to measure herself against God’s perfect standard and not against people around her. Please pray that this would convict her of her need for Jesus.
- yet another usually attends the local Catholic church. Please pray that she would investigate Jesus and explore the hope and peace that Bron spoke about.
Please pray for:
- non-believers who came along to these evangelistic events, that God would grow the seeds planted and bring about repentance and faith
- follow-up on all the conversations had and future opportunities to share Christ