In late 2001, early 2002, God began to stir our hearts towards church planting - which is a part of the DNA of Newfrontiers. There was a small group of people gathering in Pune that was led by a person called Martin Malkaney (also from LWC) who served this group of people by making weekly visits from Mumbai to Pune for a whole year. He then left for New Zealand. There was still a need for someone to pastor this fledgling church plant and another person Shashi Rajan took charge till a suitable person could be found.
Holy discontent .
We had received amazing prophetic words from John Paul Jackson and from Ram Babu about church planting in India and reaching the nations, starting a training school to train pastors … and it left us thinking, “when will it happen?”.
What is significant about this is that Navaz who has always been involved in the worship team at such conferences was not involved this time, due to the birth of our second child, Jessica. Therefore she was unaware of the songs being practiced or the new songs’ being introduced.
|Our first day in Pune. Jessica stands |
to her feet for the first time!
So in June 2002, our family moved to Pune. To help you visualize this here is a photo of Andrew,7 years old and Jessica who had just turned 6 months.
Jessica's first birthday!
Our first visitors :
Pete and Liz Harwood
Nini - Navaz's mum ( who helped us settle in)
First New Years eve being celebrated in our home.
First Prophetic Words over the Church.
Our first musicians : Caroline, Glynis and Navaz
Naming the Church
|John and Sue Hosier who were with us on the day |
we named the church.
In the next part we will share some of our struggles as a Church plant.