The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand affirms the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu as our primary mission relationship. We are delighted to be partners in a number of projects in Vanuatu that we encourage our congregations to support. Below are some of the ways in which the PCANZ is working in Vanuatu in 2014, summarised in this printable pdf here.
Talua Ministry Training Centre is the training college for the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu and offers diploma of theology, diploma of mission and Bachelor of Ministries programmes. Graduates from the college become church leaders in various denominations and evangelists to isolated villages. Roger and Paula Levy from St. Alban’s in Palmerston North serve on the staff at Talua. Paula is an English teacher for theological students, and Roger assists with maintenance and a variety of tasks on campus. They have three children, David, Grace and Josh. You can read their latest newsletter here.
We provide scholarships for Bush Missioners – ni-Vans who are trained to work in the remote highland villages on Santo, and assist with the salary for the assistant librarian.
Theology Teaching: Staff from the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership are invited as visiting lecturers occasionally, and in August 2013 the Rev. Steve Jourdain from St. Albans in Palmerston North gave the Talua Memorial Lectures.
Also in 2013, a trained ESOL teacher from a PCANZ congregation in Auckland, spent some time teaching English at Talua. Similar volunteer opportunities exist for trained teachers or interested volunteers.
Roger and Paula Levy at Talua College with their children David, Grace, and Josh.
Early childhood education at Talua
In 2013, a work-party from Chartwell Cooperating Parish in Hamilton completed a new building for the campus kindergarten. Further assistance from Chartwell and Global Mission resulted in the Talua kindy teacher spending time in New Zealand observing pre-school teaching methods and curriculum.
Dorothy Hillary, a recipient of one of the Shirley Gray Scholarships for 2013
There is a long history of relationship with Onesua College. We continue to have a keen interest in the school and provide scholarships to students through the Shirley Gray Memorial Fund, and assistance with school resources.
Presbyterian Church schools have established regular contact with Onesua over the years. Other school partnerships are being explored.
Hibiscus Coast parish has established a partnership with the PWMU (Presbyterian Women) Skills Centre in Port Vila.
Other projects are currently being established. PCANZ congregation are invited to enquire how to set up a mission partnership.
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 us, including Korean congregations within PCANZ. The manager, Sun Kim is supported by Lord’s Church in Mangere, and we provide scholarships for healthcare students through the Horwill Fund. PCANZ congregations have also contributed to this.
Interested health professionals are invited to volunteer their services in tutoring.
Congregations in fruit picking areas often provide hospitality and support to Ni-Van workers.
Going Global is a combined Global Mission/Presbyterian Youth Ministry youth experience, which has led to a relationship with Lenakel High School on Tanna. Going Global will continue to offer opportunities for young adults in PCANZ to be involved in mission in Vanuatu.
The Nakamal Mission Round Table is a church partners meeting usually held every second year in conjunction with the General Assembly. The next one is planned for 2014.
Vanuatu is our longest standing mission relationship, as this paper outlines. If you would like to join the long list of New Zealand Presbyterians who have supported mission in Vanuatu, please contact the Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King.