Vanuatu is a beautiful place with beautiful people. It has been devastated by Cyclone Pam. Help us restore the beauty to Vanuatu. Please give generously to the Pacific Vision Vanuatu Appeal. This will support the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu as they help their communities recover from this cataclysmic event. Note, this is not a first response appeal. We are not an aid agency and are not able to do the work of aid and relief organisations. This appeal is in response to a request from the PCV, to help them support the ongoing recovery effort, which will continue for months and years to come.
In a response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, our Moderator the Rt Rev Andrew Norton has launched Pacific Vision Vanuatu, an appeal supporting our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.
The Presbyterian Church has also received an appeal for help from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, (the Tuvalu Christian Church). Some congregations within our church include members from Tuvalu and other Pacific island nations affected by the cyclone, for example, Kiribati. Congregations and individuals within the Presbyterian Church who would prefer to support the Tuvalu appeal, and churches in other islands are invited to do so.
Donations to support churches in Tuvalu, Kiribati and other Pacific island nations can be made to Presbyterian Church Global Mission, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington 6141, or make an electronic transfer to our bank account (please contact Katrina Graham for these details). Please clearly identify which church you wish to support.
Applications are now open for next year’s Going Global Mission trip to India in November. This will be a great opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of India, and learn about the long and deep mission history the PCANZ has there. Numbers will be limited so get your application in early. Download the application pack here.
There has been a recent reprinting of the book Punjab Pioneers. This book is about the lives of Will and Edith Porteous, who were missionaries in India 100 years ago. The hospital they were involved in opening in India celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2014. Cost is $20 each plus $3.20 p&p. If more are ordered then the cost will be less. If you know anyone who may be interested in purchasing this book contact Andrew Brodie, Brodie.email@example.com
Broken for You is a resource prepared by the World Council of Churches. It is a series of worship reflections and short devotionals that has been prepared for Lent, to reflect on the challenging topic of human trafficking. While there is a lot of material here, there will be useful information and devotional material which may be of use for those who are looking for something challenging and topical for use during Lent. Download the resource here.
OMF invites you to share in their weekend of celebrations in Auckland on February 20-22. To find out more click here.
Volunteers are needed to help build a school on Ambrym island in Vanuatu. A team is scheduled to be there from April 11th – 29th 2015. You don’t need to be a qualified builder, but you do need to be handy and able to cope with the challenge of working in the tropics. Volunteers need to cover their costs – about $2,000. Team leader Jack Brinkman says, “This is an opportunity to experience life as it was 150 years ago in an area very remote from the world as we know it. It is an unforgettable adventure and helps children to get a better education". Interested candidates should contact Jack, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0277336203.
Global Mission has been approached by a primary school on Tanna island in Vanuatu, who would like to correspond with a school in New Zealand for cultural learning and encouragement. If you are a principal or school teacher and would like to find out more, contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.
The PCANZ affirms that it is called to work with others to make Jesus Christ known through the five faces of mission:
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.
Our Myanmar partnership, the Ricebowl Mission, produces a regular newsletter, Mingalaba. Read the latest version here
Internship opportunities serving with our partner churches in Asia, particularly South Korea, from a few weeks to several months are available through Global Mission. Read about PCANZ member Max Westropp’s internship in South Korea here.
Training in Mission is a 10-month long programme run by the Council for World Mission, for young adults aged 18-30. The next opportunity for members from PCANZ will be in 2016. For more information click here or contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King
English teaching positions are available in Thailand with the Church of Christ. These are in church-run schools and can be for a few months to a year. Go to www.teachingengishinthailand.org
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 India 2015: This is 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. Download the information and application pack here.
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.