PCANZ has been involved in mission with our church partners over many years. Our most long-standing partnerships have been with the Church of North India, and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. These stem from mission activity dating back over a hundred years. More recently we have established an effective relationship with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar. We also have growing relationships with networks of churches across Asia, some of whom have invested significant resources in establishing links here in New Zealand. Through these partnerships we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations and help to provide much-needed resources for Christian mission overseas. This also enriches the life of the PCANZ through our mutual sharing and growing together in the worldwide body of Christ. The various links on this site will provide you with information about the current status of PCANZ Global Mission, and give you an insight into new trends and future possibilities. Individuals and congregations within PCANZ are invited to enquire about how to participate in and support our work, by contacting the Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King.
A team from Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Parish made a visit to Vanuatu in May, where they helped to set up new computers for the PWMU skills training centre in Port Vila. This was a very successful week. You can read about their week-long visit on their blog - scroll down to Vanuatu Mission Team: Visit 2, Day 1, posted on May 25th 2014, and read through their week’s progress -http://hibiscuscoastpresbyterian.wordpress.com/
Are you interested in serving overseas? We are currently advertising for an English teacher to join the staff at Talua Theological College, Vanuatu in 2015. Current NZ staff members Roger and Paula Levy will be returning home at the end of this year. The English teaching position will suit someone who has a passion for seeing adults trained, especially in Christian discipleship. The successful applicant and, if married, their spouse, will need to be resourceful and able to cope in an undeveloped environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about this challenging but rewarding role.
Kathryn McDaniel serves in prison ministry in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is willing to host a young person for a short term stay to observe, learn and assist in this challenging ministry. This volunteer experience could also include some English teaching. This could suit someone on a gap year, or someone who is travelling to Asia and who has an interest in mission. You will need to be a mature, committed Christian who is willing to fund your own way and who is capable of coping with the demands of this challenging ministry.
Korvan is based on a vision to train Christian healthcare workers to provide healthcare in their communities throughout Vanuatu. This is a partnership between the Presbyterian Churches of Korea and Vanuatu, with assistance from PCANZ. Interested health professionals are invited to volunteer their services in tutoring.
Going Global is partnership between Global Mission, Presbyterian Youth Ministries, and Asian Ministries. Each year there are opportunities to be involved in mission trips to Vanuatu, Taiwan, and other partner churches.
Going Global Vanuatu 2014: Applications are closed for this programme which is taking place in Vanuatu in June/July this year.
Going Global India 2015: This is tentatively planned for India in November 2015. This will explore the PCANZ’s mission history in India, and learn about the changing mission context and visit the projects we are currently supporting. Early expressions of interest are welcomed.
The Karo Batak Protestant Church in Indonesia is providing relief to the community badly affected by the eruptions of Mt. Sinabung. This paper gives background information to the PCANZ’s historical partnership with the GBKP, the effect of the eruptions, and how you can help. Donations can be made through Global Mission, by online banking, 02 0500 0086963 10 (Reference GBKP) or by cheque to P.O. Box 9049, Wellington 6141.
For information about any of the above, contact Global Mission coordinator Phil King
The Council for World Mission (CWM) offers several opportunities for cross-cultural mission experiences for young adults. For Face to Face, Training in Mission, and other CWM programmes, view the CWM website. Expression of interest from PCANZ members aged between 18-30 are invited – see http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/national-ministries/global-mission/training-in-mission-tim
Read Jordan Redding's reflection on his experience in 2014 on the Council for World Mission Face to Face programme in Fiji.
The Global Mission website has a link called Members in Mission. If you are a congregation or a member of the PCANZ, and serve in mission that is not directly supported by PCANZ, you are invited to post your information to this site. Click on the Members in Mission link on the sidebar. Check it out, and if you or your congregation have any information that can be added to it, you can fill out the form on-line.
The Rev. Phil King is our Global Mission Coordinator. Contact him on email@example.com or (04)3818294 to find out how you can get involved in the mission of the PCANZ. Donations for our overseas projects and partners can be sent to Global Mission, PCANZ Assembly Office, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington, 6141.