blessing-1440x959This short but completely symmetrical psalm may have ended Sabbath worship in the Temple in Jerusalem and followed the priestly blessing recorded in Numbers 6:24-26. Worshippers would have then departed feeling the warmth of the promised goodness of God. This benediction oriented worshippers towards acknowledging God’s generosity in harvest, in vintage, in calving and lambing and in child-bearing.

But the structure of this psalm, like much Hebrew poetry, is chiastic – like the Greek letter Chi, or large X. It is balanced carefully around a central line in the centre of verse 4. The main point is not at the beginning or the end but in the centre.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.

Read more: PSALM 67

go-out-1024x640Fenton Park Bible Church would like to advise you of the commendation of Ruth to her work with Interserve in a restricted access country.
 
The Elders of Northgate Community Church are please to commend David & Kendal Duthie to the work they are currently doing with WEC.
 
The Elders of Heretaunga Christian Centre and The Coast Community Church  are pleased to advise the commendation of Alistair & Linda MacKinnon to serve with Military Life under Tandem Ministries NZ. The role calls for significant travel within the Asia-Pacific region each year.
 
The Elders of Lincoln Road Bible Chapel are happy to commend Mervyn & Adrienne Coates to cross-cultural work in Auckland. They will be focussed on International Students and immigrant outreach.

donate-1024x682Earlier this month we received some very good news. GC Aid has been granted ‘Schedule 32’ Donee Status!

Generally, donations to charities and churches in New Zealand qualify for a one-third tax credit when a gift is spent within the country.  Each of our GC3 trusts has that general Donee Status.  It means that when an individual gives $300 to us for our activities within NZ, we can issue a donation receipt that can be used to claim $100 back in their IR526 Tax Credit Claim form.

However, gifts given to a mission partner, or to the ministry they are involved in, do not qualify for the tax credit.  This is because the gift has been given to them or their ministry, and not to us at GC3 for our use and purposes.  The gift has been merely held in trust by us for the mission partner, to be passed on to them for use in some place outside of New Zealand.  These gifts therefore have not qualified for a tax credit in the past, and still do not.

Read more: Special Donee Status for GC Aid

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  • Colleen, India (Day 9)

    India
    Schools have recommenced and we are very delighted that we have many children admitted into our Bethany Primary English Medium School at Mogappair.  At the moment we are doing modification work on our building in order to get the No Objection Certificate from the Fire Department.  This is an urgent prayer request.  The Fire Department Officials are coming for an inspection on the 29th and this would help us to get a renewal of our registration for our Orphanage. We have just taken eight new children into our Orphanage and would ask you to pray for them. The days are still very hot. Please pray for staff who go out daily on Project work.

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