Thank you for your interest in our Church's global mission programme. To help you navigate the information on these pages, please use these links:
World Leprosy Day January 29 2023 and Call to Prayer
PCANZ Representative Required for the Christian World Service Board
Alex and Liz Protesea-Wagner – Anti-Trafficking Ministry in Romania
Global Mission newsletters
Our Voice Will Not Fade Away – Mission Stories from Women Leaders in the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar
Te Puutahi – A Ministry to Migrants in New Zealand
Talua Theological Training Institute: Urgent request: Impact of COVID
Interview with Dr. Chandana Lall, Principal of St. Thomas School, Jagadhri, India (full interview)
Interview with Rev. Ramthanga, General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar
Greeting from the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar to the PCANZ GA21 online assembly
Edited interview with Dr. Chandana Lall, St. Thomas School, for the PCANZ GA21 online assembly
Overview of Global Mission for the PCANZ GA21 online assembly
St. Thomas School 55th Founder’s Day Online Service.
Global Mission stories
Opportunities to serve with Council for World Mission
Key mission partnerships
Why, where & how of Global Mission
Our Church has key partnerships the Presbyterian Churches of Vanuatu and Myanmar, and the Church of North India. We also have important relationships with networks of churches across Asia and the Pacific, and international bodies like the Council for World Mission.
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 our Church 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 our Church's Global Mission efforts, and give you an insight into new trends and future possibilities.
Individuals and congregations within the Presbyterian Church are invited to enquire about how to participate in and support our work, by contacting the Global Mission Director, Phil King
Global Mission is happy to support the Leprosy Mission and shares this information inviting you to support World Leprosy Day and the call to prayer:
World Leprosy Day is normally observed on the last Sunday in January. The next World Leprosy Day will be taking place on the 29th of January 2023. It’s a day we can set aside to raise awareness of people affected by leprosy.
The French humanitarian Raoul Follereau selected the date for World Leprosy Day. He wanted to pay homage to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his death on 30th January 1948. Inspired by Jesus, Gandhi had a lifelong compassion for people affected by leprosy.
CALL TO ACTION:
We are reaching out to the churches and so today we are inviting your church congregations to a CALL TO PRAYER in 2023. Together, as we follow the example of Jesus to seek out people affected by leprosy who have been ignored or despised, we aim to be praying at the forefront and helping to cure, care for and restore people affected by leprosy back into their communities. As we pray with thousands of others all around the world this World Leprosy Sunday, we will be part of a global movement dedicated to ending the transmission of leprosy as we work together towards No Child with Leprosy by 2035. Read more here
Christian World Service (CWS) is the aid and development agency of the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, and the Society of Friends. CWS is seeking nominations for a new PCANZ representative on their Board. Find out more information and how to apply here.
Alex and Liz Preotesea-Wagner from St Albans Church in Palmerston North are hoping to serve in an anti-trafficking ministry in Romania with European Christian Mission. Alex and Liz are looking for partners to support them as they prepare for this. In particular they would appreciate invitations to speak at churches and mission groups to raise their profile and to encourage support. You can find out more about the context they will be serving in and their exciting plans here and you can contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Te Puutahi is a ministry of WEC NZ Aotearoa New Zealand. The focus of WEC is to take the gospel to those peoples who have not had a chance to hear the good news, or as we like to say, spreading the gospel where it is thinnest. In recent times more and more nations have been coming to New Zealand, and many of these people are from countries that we would traditionally send people to. As we listened to the Lord, we were led to develop a new ministry in New Zealand.
The vision of this ministry is to help equip and enable church/churches to encourage immigrants, former refugees, international students and their families into flourishing and contributing communities in Aotearoa.
In brief, the ministry serves local churches that have or would like to develop cross cultural ministries. To be clear, while we would help set up a ministry, the ministry would not be a WEC ministry – the ministry would belong to the local church.
While WEC has initiated this ministry, we are currently partnering with 5 other mission agencies. Two of these have denomination affiliation while three, like WEC, are inter-denominational.
We do not charge for our service, so any congregation can afford to partner with us. Our long-term vision is to see a network of churches and their cross- cultural ministries helping and resourcing each other as they build God’s Kingdom amongst migrants, former refugees and international students.
If your church would like to know more about this mission opportunity contact WEC Director Joseph Bateson email@example.com
Urgent request: Impact of COVID effecting student fees, food shortages and staff salaries
The PCANZ has a long history with Talua in so many ways. For many years we have provided an English teacher to live on site and many work parties have contributed to a wide variety of projects.
Last week we received a heartfelt request form the current principal, Pastor Christopher Iawak. Here is an excerpt from his letter
I am writing to you on behalf of the TTTI Board and Staff Council regarding the financial impacts on the Institute due to the COVID-19 restrictions. On Wednesday 9th of March, 2022, all of Vanuatu was placed under strict lockdowns and curfews due to community transmission on Efate and Santo islands. TTTI has been able to continue Term 1 through correspondence, with all our students still living on campus.
Within the TTTI community, there has been no community transmission thus far. We praise God for this. But the impacts are being felt strongly. Financially, many students and their families / sponsors have been unable to continue to pay school fees (for some students and their families, their whole income stream has ceased). Consequently, the Institute is under significant financial pressure. Some staff salaries were not able to be paid last week.
We are very thankful for your ongoing prayers and support for TTTI, especially at this very difficult time. We know many of you are praying for us, and for Vanuatu as a whole. We are also thankful for the staff and financial resources many of you have already contributed, and continue to contribute. At this time of crisis, we want to humbly ask you to consider whether more financial support could be offered to TTTI. This could take the form of a crisis payment to help with running costs, or it could be in the form of sponsorship money for student. We continue to explore internal channels of help as well. Most importantly, please continue to pray for us and our nation. We take great comfort in God’s presence with us, the promise of hope and healing in the gospel, and the partnership we have in his
We would love to be able to provide some assistance at this time. If individuals or churches wish to contribute, please donate online to the Global Mission account 02 0500 0086963 10. (with Talua Support in the reference) and also let Katrina Graham , know you have made a donation so you can receive a receipt.
Any further questions please contact Global Mission Director, Phil King
Read the latest Global Mission newsletters highlighting our working alongside our partners in the Pacific, and around the world.
Nambawan! Newsletter - Vanuatu
Download the Nambawan newsletter which is dedicated to our partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. This includes up-to-date information about our partnership, and opportunities to get involved. For previous newsletters please click here.
Mingalaba Newsletter - Myanmar
Opportunities to serve with Council for World Mission
Opportunities to Serve with the Council for World Mission. The Council for World Mission (CWM) facilitates mission service opportunities between the 32 member churches of CWM. They have listed the current opportunities which are available for consideration now. The positions include high school teachers, pastoral, administration and finance roles. These can be viewed here. To find out more about the Partners in Mission Programme contact Global Mission Director Phil King.
Our Key Mission Partnerships
Global Mission - Why, Where, and How
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand affirms that it is called to work with others to make Jesus Christ known through the five faces of mission:
- Through proclamation of the gospel
- Through the nurture and teaching of people in the Christian faith
- Through response to human need in loving service
- Through seeking to transform society
- Through care for creation
You are invited to like the Global Mission Facebook page
The Rev Phil King is our Global Mission Director, email Phil King or 021 250 6467, 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.