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MEN'S MINISTRY Ps Paul White opening the Conference MEN OF FIRE CONFERENCE Ps Luka Robertson, keynote speaker By Steve Cowan, Men of Fire / Men's Ministry leader, Levin Life Church, Levin For the second year now, what has become our annual Men of Fire conference in Levin has sought to gather, inspire and challenge all men to be the legends they are called to be. This means the husbands our wives desire, the fathers our children require and the leaders all of our churches need. Birthed from a word of encouragement we received three years ago, to think God big and not let our limitations hold us back, and with the support of Ps Paul, our Men of Fire conference was launched. Since our small beginning in June 2015 we have been both excited and amazed at God’s goodness, as we have seen our first steps of nervous obedience grow in number, passion and exposure. This year, with the support of our region, we saw our numbers double from a humble 27 in 2015 to over 55 from more than five different churches. We were blessed to have Ps Luka Robertson from The Hope Centre New Zealand ministering to us, along with our own Ps Paul White from LevinLife Church. Both of these men brought solid and at times challenging words, that heartened and inspired all who attended. Ps Lukas’ ministry was powerful, profound and challenging for all who received. To hear his story and glean from both his life and understanding was a blessing, and I know that all of us were both encouraged and challenged to be better fathers and husbands because of it. See you next year!” Bronson Blake / Riverstones Church, Upper Hutt. It was encouraging and powerful to see the raw emotion at times shown by our men over the weekend, both in response to what was being shared and in what the Holy Spirit was doing. While it was not a large conference, our geographical location, our open and real attitude to faith and life, and our desire for excellence along with our passion to see men raised up, all contributed to what was a unique time and experience. To enjoy meals together and then learn the impact of such times while at conference was both a moving experience and lesson for me. We often do not grasp how much the small things in life, like a meal together, can speak volumes and mean so much for someone. Next year we are again looking forward to gathering as men over the 16th – 17th June, to lift the name of Jesus and grow together as the men of fire he has called us to be. We are excited at the prospect of next year’s gathering and are expectant for what the Holy Spirit is going to do through both our speakers and the time together. If you are from the lower North Island and desiring to grow as a man of faith and fire lock these dates in. We look forward to seeing you in Levin. “I have been to many large men’s conferences and this would be on a par if not better than any of them. To receive this level of ministry and be fed like kings for the cost we paid is incredible. Thank you again to both Ps Luka and Paul for your words and ministry, thank you to all who fed us and led us in praise and worship. We would have not had such a great conference without you. ISSUE #2 JULY 2016 | 17