The main “mandate” that God gave us upon arriving in New Zealand was to be catalyzers and bridgers. We, like many, feel God continues to emphasize that He’s wanting to do an awesome work in New Zealand that it’s very much tied to restoring the original purposes of this land and people while bringing true Christ-like transformation in people’s hearts.
But we felt God show us pretty quickly that transforming a city takes times. Creating a sustained transformation in society isn’t a quick fix, nor does it happen with one mega evangelist passing through town. Digging, sowing and reaping doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years and years to till the soil and plant the seeds. A great harvest comes because of the work done behind the scenes.
We are privileged to play a role alongside the believers in the city in seeing God do a radical thing here. We all are a piece of the puzzle. Every church, every gathering, every believer.
We arrived in 2010. Since then we’ve watched God place us in positions to come alongside others to help catalyze them in their personal walks or in their ministry work—this benefits them as well as the city. What spurs our “catalyzing” is a deep desire to help launch others into Kingdom work in whatever sphere they feel called to, in and outside the church walls. We have a heart to see the people of Christchurch inspired and equipped to fulfill God’s mission for them.
For us, this has included working alongside many locals of Christchurch who are involved in many different facets of society and ministry, our broader contacts around New Zealand.
So if you’ve ever been confused about “what we do”… that’s the main heartbeat of what we’re doing down here in the south island: championing others and working alongside them to join God in what He’s doing here in Christchurch on a wide-scale. The practical outworking of that looks differently day to day.
At any point we are working on these initiatives alongside others:
For more details on our work, visit our website’s project page.
PHOTO RECAP 2016
HOUSE REBUILDING PROCESS
We flew to the University of the Nations to help run the first BONFIRE, an annual Tribe gathering that brings together lifestyle missionaries from around the globe. Bonfire is a Tribe family gathering for practitioners, leaders, pioneers and partners from around the world.
Lifestyle missionaries are people who intentionally integrate the call of Jesus into whatever work they do. We had a variety of people attend, from Korean pop music producer to Chinese megachurch pastor to Snowboarder’s for Christ president and missional community leaders from Norway.