It is a Sunday morning, and community kids who have come into relationship with their local churches through Rally are having what might be their first taste of being on a boat, shooting air rifles and hearing the good news of Jesus.
What a delight it was to be at the Manawatū Regional Rally Camp.
It was such a privilege to join Aaron Campbell from Bunnythorpe, Graeme Honore from Queen Street Gospel Chapel in Levin and Gavin Ander from Whanganui as they helped children—many for the first time—shoot air rifles (below, right).
We are grateful for volunteers like Kirsty Lauridsen and Rosie Yates from Crossroads Church who are pointing children like Lucy to Jesus from the scriptures in a local church through Rally (above, right).
We are so profoundly grateful for the volunteers—many with full responsibilities, working and running businesses, farms and homes—who give their time to work together to point children and their families to Jesus in their local churches through Rally.
It is so encouraging seeing leaders from York Street Chapel and Queen Street Gospel Chapel in Levin, Marton Bible Chapel, Rongotea Bible Chapel, Feilding Bible Chapel, and Woodville Gospel Hall working together to point children and their families to Jesus!
So much delighted me about being there. It was great to see churches and their volunteer leaders working together with the campsite, funding trusts that will see children and their families pointed to Jesus.
Children heard the gospel with incredible creativity and excellent clarity through the ministry of children’s’ evangelist Ray Cooper from Forest Lakes Camp.
45 churches from within the movement are reaching approximately 1000 children, and their families in the community, through 50 Rally groups across the country.
They are served by more than 250 incredible volunteer leaders.
It’s exciting to know these volunteers are being served quietly by a team who are developing a new Bible-teaching curriculum, making it easier to access resources through an updated website. They are also linking leaders and groups together through new Facebook groups and keeping leaders up to date with new newsletters.
I am a little—maybe more than a little—biased about all of this, since I serve the Rally Board as Chair. Regardless, I am very thankful for the work Rally is doing throughout the country.