It is always interesting how God can lead you in a direction when you weren’t expecting it or looking for it. Most weekday mornings Candice, Cecelia and I meet on Zoom to discuss where we are going and what we are doing for the day. This morning we were chatting about the power of words as descriptors. We started to play around with ideas about a word that could describe us at the moment. Strangely we settled on the word “Reach”.
We came up with all kinds of scenarios of how this fits so perfectly with the way PK is operating right now.
We reach into churches and communities to strengthen men as fathers, brothers, and sons. We use a variety of methods from PK Local regional visits, online programming with breakfasts, other online events, and emails. Much of this has been accelerated with the experiences of the last three years.
Reaching out is part of what we do through Set Free and other regular online groups. Some of these groups were started as a response to covid and these are now a representation of the fabric of who we are. Men are feeling isolated through their circumstances and addictions, and we are reaching out a helping hand to lift individuals up from their situations. Where we restore marriages and families in a meaningful way.
You see while we are endorsing community and groups, we also value the individual because Jesus did. A pastor recently asked how many men do we need to have for you to come for a PK Local event? I responded, “Whatever God provides that is enough, one changed life matters.” That is in fact literally what happened at the Whangarei PK Local event. A man spoke to us as we left and said, “My life has been changed.” Each individual matters to us. You matter to us. You matter to God.
We work from Kaitaia to Invercargill, our reach extends across the country. Strangely we have a digital footprint that extends to every continent of the world, except Antarctica (well not that we know of anyway), through our emails and video content. We looked at the data from our Vimeo online video account and were amazed at how many nations watch our content.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Because I am who I am, I decided to look up “reach” in the concordance and interestingly there are only three occurrences of reach in the New Testament. Two of them are in John 20 where Jesus is showing Thomas His wounds, in fact telling him to reach out to His wounds in order to believe it was Him. This aspect of reach and belief is crucial to us. We believe that the work we do as a network of men makes a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Although we may never see it or hear about it, we know it is still happening. We must believe through God’s Kingdom we will be funded to continue the work we have already started, let alone plans going forward.
You are God’s hands and God’s feet in whatever your corner of the country is. Together we reach out to communities, churches, and groups but also individuals and families because you fund us through your generosity and faith to see this country and other nations changed. So, as we approach the end of the financial tax year in a couple of weeks’ time, we ask you do you have the financial capacity to reach out and give a donation large, small or monthly? Remembering each gift expands the Kingdom of God no matter what size it is.