The new Garden Tomb shop opens!
After a year of planning and 5 months of dust, noise and sweat – the new Garden Tomb shop is open! The busy season is upon us and we are anticipating well over 100,000 visitors in the last 4 months of the year. Welcoming and serving this multinational, multilingual, multicultural, seemingly never-ending flood of people we have our great team of local staff and overseas volunteers. Our volunteer team at the moment includes Brian and Lynette Nibbe, Ken Newberry, Paul + Dawn Doble, Mandy Callf, Gwyneth Ferguson, Boyd + Deb Huff, Omer + Debora Tomassetti and Bertil + Gun Vik.
We are very grateful to Simon and his team of local tradesmen. They have done an amazing job renovating the GT shop, whilst allowing the ministry of the Garden Tomb to continue around them. And a big thankyou to our local staff and volunteers who have persevered in the noise and dust for the last 5 months!
We also give thanks to the Lord who has supplied all our financial needs, and to the many groups and individuals who have given amazingly generously this year!
Please pray for:
- Transformed lives: our great desire is that people will encounter the Risen Christ as they tour the Garden. The following testimony was shared by one of our volunteer guides earlier this month:
“A young man from London followed a number of groups I guided. Asking him why, he said he liked what he was hearing, and style of presentation. Asked “are you a believer in Jesus?” he said he wasn’t but was seeking. He later asked if he could come to church and on Sunday he joined a group of us going to a local Baptist church. Something was definitely going on with this man, a Chinese Malay from East London. After a further chat with him two days later we said the believer’s prayer together”.
We pray for many more testimonies like this!
- Pray that the tangible presence of the Living Saviour will be felt in the Garden – bringing glory to the Father, and Salvation to all who enter our gates. “[He] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Colossians 4:2-6: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ… Pray that [we] may proclaim it clearly, as [we] should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”.
Blessings from Jerusalem!