Des & Lyn, have been living local in East Melbourne and have been very involved in a large local church for many years. Whilst running a building business, Des and Lyn really valued the role that they were able to play as mentors in the lives of young tradespeople and for Des, the opportunity to speak into men’s lives. Having recently retired from business, they now have lots more time and have felt led by God into the space of Disciple-Making Movements with Praxeis. As well as being amazing prayer support and mentors to many of our workers, it is really awesome to see Des and Lyn themselves, stepping out and looking for ways to engage with the harvest. Love these little thoughts and reflections from these guys as they just step out and ‘have a go’ at DMM. We don’t need to be experts, rather we need to pray and listen to Jesus and then be obedient with whatever he says.
“The last 18 months have been quite a learning journey for us Nixon seniors. We just want to share some snippets to encourage others as we have been encouraged. A couple of years ago, we moved house and started doing some prayer walking with another local friend and Praxeis worker, Sue Watters. We then started trying to connect with people. We have been amazed at how open our new street has been in Ringwood East. Then I clicked- this was the first time that we have prayer walked the streets around our home. Two street Christmas parties were very successfully held with people being very enthusiastic about meeting their neighbours. From this we have developed a very close friendship with a lovely Indian family of Hindu background. We have discussed many aspects of faith, taken them away with us and helped them in lots of ways. At this stage it hasn’t really gone anywhere and we don’t know the next steps. We also met a Chinese couple in our street who have also been very open. Des gave him a Bible and we have been able to do two Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) with them, which they entered into very willingly. Again we don’t know where this is going next as they don’t seem to be pursing us to go further or share with others. After learning about the characteristics of a Person of Peace, we are conscious of looking at whether some is open, hungry and whom shares with others. An observation that we have made, is how open non-Aussies are to spiritual conversations; and how closed so many Aussies are.
We recently attended the Praxeis Melbourne Hub Gathering and people shared some stories of what they had seen God doing in the harvest. It was really encouraging to hear from people their experiences of having to continually pray and ask God to create the DBS groups and the movement leaders. This is a humbling journey, knowing that we don’t have all the answers! Frustrating and humbling! We are recognising more and more that there is so much that we have to unlearn like preaching and teaching at others in the harvest. It is exciting though to be able to put in practice what we have been learning. Watch this space for the fruit that we are praying to come!”