So we come to the last day of 2012 and it’s always good to end by revisiting the premise set forth at the beginning. It helps us to see how far we have come and how faithful God is.
As I shared in an earlier post, we were at the first and last services of 2012 at New Creation Church. New Creation Church itself went through an amazing journey this year, settling into some swanky new premises at the Star Performing Arts Centre.
On 1 January 2012, Pastor Joseph Prince announced that 2012 would be the Year of Unceasing Fruitfulness based on Jeremiah 17:7-8:
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
And then, taking his cue from the tree of life in Revelations which bore 12 different fruits, Prince declared that in 2012, we would experience a different fruit each month of the year.
He finished the first service by asking us to present three different requests to God, believing that in the course of the year, God will provide an answer to each one of those requests.
I remember still lifting up those requests during that service. The first was that Ling and I would find and settle down in a new church family. The second, that I would see our investment property sold at a particular price. The third, which I was even too scared to fully articulate, was that God would use me to somehow bring unity amongst worship leaders in the city of Perth.
Miraculously, I saw God answer each and every one of those requests over the course of 2012!
So here is 2012 in review – 12 fruits for each month!
JANUARY: REST AND REFRESHING
We had a great time of rest in Singapore and was inspired when we went to New Creation Church with the theme for the year. It set the course for the year of our experiencing great blessings even in the midst of drought. Even when heat came, we remained ever-green!
We also connected with an apostolic leader in Perth, Wendy Yapp, who has been instrumental in encouraging us forward in our ministry in the city.
FEBRUARY: A NEW HOME IN FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH
We were so blessed to settle into our new church family, Faith Community Church!
The messages we’ve heard Sunday after Sunday have been inspiring and life-changing. Pastor Benny Ho is a visionary and a brilliant teacher of the Word. And we’ve enjoyed meeting new people and being part of the church’s various ministries.
MARCH: LING IS BLESSED WITH A NEW JOB
Ling had been freelancing for a while and had been wanting to get permanent part-time work. God oversupplied and she found herself in a dream job in a dream company with great colleagues. How she ended up in that job was a miracle!
APRIL: AN AWESOME CELL GROUP!
It’s one thing to be part of a church, but another to actually be part of the church community.
We are really grateful to our cell members and our cell leaders, Ernie and Wen for making us feel included and loved.
Having such a great bunch of new friends has been instrumental in seeing us through a period of great transition in our lives. It has been one of the great highlights of the year!
We got to be part of the Converge organising committee, putting together a week of events during which the church came together in our city to pray and worship. I was privileged to help organise the Day of Worship – 14 hours of non-stop worship – anchored by different church groups throughout the day.
JUNE: ANOTHER FINANCIAL YEAR IS OVER
For the industry I work in, everything revolves around the financial year i.e. 1 July to 30 June. God sustained me for another year in my job!
JULY: LING JOINS THE HEALING MINISTRY
I was really grateful to see Ling begin serving in a new ministry in healing and intercession. This was something that has been on her heart for some time, and even though I miss serving together with her in worship, I have seen how excited she has gotten every time she sees God works in a person through healing.
Also, Pastor Benny preached one of the best sermons of the year on surrender versus commitment.
AUGUST: CINDY RATCLIFF COMES TO PERTH
Metrochurch hosted one of my favourite worship leaders, Cindy Ratcliff. And we got to take a photo with her!
And I started serving again in worship ministry at Faith Community Church! Team 3 and Lisa Palm (our worship director) rock!
SEPTEMBER: ARROWS COLLEGE
I was so blessed to attend a one-week module on worship at Arrows College taught by Ray Badham. It was great to see a fresh perspective from a seasoned teacher of worship and also to catch some of the passion from the other students.
OCTOBER: INVESTMENT PROPERTY SOLD
We sold our old apartment! We had been thinking of selling it for quite a while, but the timing had never felt right. So one of the requests at the beginning of the year that I presented to God was to sell the apartment at a specific price. However, as the year was panning out, the economy wasn’t doing well and I began to think that it would be unrealistic to sell for that price.
However, just as we listed the property with our real estate agent, property prices started to recover and we went out on a limb and put up a higher asking price.
Miraculously, within one day of the home open, we had an offer at the asking price, which far exceeded the price I had specified in my request at the start of the year! God is good!
NOVEMBER: JOURNEYING TOWARDS GLOBAL DAY OF WORSHIP
I was privileged to work with a great bunch of worshippers in organising GDW!
DECEMBER: GLOBAL DAY OF WORSHIP
In December, I had the privilege of seeing GDW come to fruition and how God exceeded my wildest expectations!
I really believe (as one of the intercessors had prayed) that it would be an historic moment in our city and that God will orchestrate greater unity amongst the church in Perth, particularly at a grassroots level!
And this blog reached 15,000 hits yesterday!
So, it’s been an amazing year. Never would I have thought the year would have been so fruitful! But God is true to His promises and He always oversupplies, doing exceedingly, abundantly above what we could ever ask or think. The year 2012 has indeed been a year of Unceasing Fruitfulness. I am so thankful to God for what He has done in and through our lives. If 2012 was great, I believe that 2013 will be greater still. I can’t wait to see what great adventures God has in store for us!
Happy New Year and God bless you. May 2013 be your best year yet!