Fairlie Follow-up

We are finally back in the states, catching up on book orders and email and trying to get over a severe case of jet lag.
On our last day in New Zealand, we headed back into Christchurch to spend some brief moments with John and Mary Beaumont. They filled in a few wonderful details of the Fairlie story. They said after the disposed of the building (see previous blog), they found some amazing doors open in the community. One man from the village was talking to one of the former leaders. He said, “I feel like I can really talk to you now.”

By removing the baggage from the gospel that had alienated so many people they found a new openness to share the Gospel with others. Is it no wonder that Jesus didn’t build anything to join, require any religious activities, or load people down with burdens. Instead he took heavy burdens off people and simply invited them into a relationship with his incredible Father.

One last quip from John Beaumont. He was quoting something he’d read years ago in one of Charles Spurgeon’s writings from the 1800s. He said for some people to talk in public is so intimidating that it is a huge cross for them. There are others for whom being silent is a huge cross for them to bear. Both should take up their cross!

Early next week I’ll have details on ordering John’s book and I’ll also include some writings from Jack Gray. It’s great to be home. Blessings on you all!

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12 Comments
  1. eddie July 10, 2004 at 3:01 pm

    Glad you are back – we have missed ya!

    Say hi to Sarah.

    😉

  2. eddie July 10, 2004 at 6:01 pm

    Glad you are back – we have missed ya!

    Say hi to Sarah.

    😉

  3. george July 11, 2004 at 5:32 am

    It’s great to see you made it back safe and blessed.

    Is there any chance you & Sarah will make it to Pittsburgh before, during or after your visit to Youngstown?

    Let us know. We had a great gathering yesterday with Steve West & Family, Bruce and Judy and the folks from Baden plus various others. Thank you for introducing us to Steve!

    Peace

  4. george July 11, 2004 at 8:32 am

    It’s great to see you made it back safe and blessed.

    Is there any chance you & Sarah will make it to Pittsburgh before, during or after your visit to Youngstown?

    Let us know. We had a great gathering yesterday with Steve West & Family, Bruce and Judy and the folks from Baden plus various others. Thank you for introducing us to Steve!

    Peace

  5. Bruce July 12, 2004 at 5:41 am

    Welcome back! Sounds like it was a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear more "wisdoms" from the folks down-under. Real good stuff!

  6. Steve July 12, 2004 at 6:36 am

    “I feel like I can really talk to you now.” There seem to be so many that just need to get it out and so few willing to take the time to listen. Thanks for being a good listener Wayne. It makes it so easy to hear what the Father gives you to say. Glad you’re back safe.

  7. Bruce July 12, 2004 at 8:41 am

    Welcome back! Sounds like it was a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear more "wisdoms" from the folks down-under. Real good stuff!

  8. Steve July 12, 2004 at 9:36 am

    “I feel like I can really talk to you now.” There seem to be so many that just need to get it out and so few willing to take the time to listen. Thanks for being a good listener Wayne. It makes it so easy to hear what the Father gives you to say. Glad you’re back safe.

  9. Dave A. July 12, 2004 at 1:45 pm

    Welcome back! Sounds like you experienced some New Zealanders with much zeal. (Yes, I just made that up)

  10. bill f July 12, 2004 at 4:03 pm

    welcome back-cant wait to get that book -a god filled nobody-

    glad your home safely

  11. Dave A. July 12, 2004 at 4:45 pm

    Welcome back! Sounds like you experienced some New Zealanders with much zeal. (Yes, I just made that up)

  12. bill f July 12, 2004 at 7:03 pm

    welcome back-cant wait to get that book -a god filled nobody-

    glad your home safely

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