Flourishing in Nelson


There is a peace that comes when you know that you are where God wants you to be. Moving cities, starting new jobs, schools, having new neighbours in fact everything new can seem overwhelming and daunting. But over the last 8 months we as a family have been learning what a delight it is to say “I trust in God’s unfailing love”.

We have had hard days, days when we miss all our friends and family and our old life, but I can honestly say like the Psalmist;

‘I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God, I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good.’ Psalm 52:8-9

God has been so faithful to us as a family and answered so many prayers big and small.

Since moving to Nelson we all seem to have conversations or opportunities to share and talk about Jesus on a regular basis and it is exciting and encouraging to play a part in what God is doing here in this beautiful city.

Below is one example of how God encouraged us as family when we first moved here.

The first proper weekend we had in our home, Anja, Esther and I had walked to Anja’s new school (hurrah we live walking distance to school a wonderful answer to prayer!) so she could play on the playground before she started the following week. We had been having lots of fun and were just about to go home when we heard the most awful sobbing and wailing it was heartbreaking. We came around the corner and there was a teenage girl with bags dumped on the floor around her just hysterical. Esther and I looked at each other and I knew that she was praying what I was praying Lord please help us to help her.  We approached her and tried to calm her down, fortunately we had Ezno the dog with us and he is great at that sort of thing (he tried to lick her sandwich and caused a great distraction and almost got a smile!). Eventually we all ended up sitting on the floor and talking, she shared how her mum had just kicked her out of home for good this time and that she didn’t know what to do, she was very angry and very upset. All the time she was talking I was praying ‘Lord help’!! Very naturally Esther and I shared our faith and that we thought that it was no accident that we had met and that God would want her to know that he loved her very much and then we prayed for her. She was quite surprised but very open and after we had prayed her anger had gone she was so much calmer and able to make more sense. We got her to get in contact with her aunt who came and picked her up and I gave her my cell number and took hers. Esther and I continued to pray for her as the week went on.

A week later I felt prompted to text to see how she was going and invited her out for coffee. We met for coffee and she shared how she couldn’t believe that we had been there at that time and how she didn’t know what would have happened and that things were going much better for her now and could she come to church with us sometime. So we are meeting semi–regularly and we are continuing to pray for her.

It is amazing how God works. He didn’t just work by breaking into Nivaliia’s life and revealing his Love and care to her but He taught, challenged and encouraged Esther and I so much by that encounter too. It made us more expectant and more aware of people around us and excited that God could use us in that way to speak to more people. It opened our eyes and increased our faith and helped us to step out and share as we met more new people each week.

Lou Walters

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