August 2018, Issue 5
Why are we here?
Excerpts from the address given by Joyce Campbell
at the College Graduation Ceremony, July 7th, 2018

Why do we do what we do at Eastwest? Why do we live side by side with other nationalities when at times there’s conflict? Why do we build new houses? Why do we work as full-time volunteers? Reflecting on these questions before graduation I was reminded of research shared recently by those who compile the book ‘Operation World’. They shared the following;

86% of the world’s 3.8 billion Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists do not personally know a Christian. At Eastwest we believe that there is still a role for the church in sending out workers to the areas of the world least impacted by the gospel.  And we believe that those going need to be trained in order to be healthy, resilient and effective in their ministries.

Ephesians 4:11-13
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be evangelists and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
Enrollment 2019 
Do you know someone thinking of working cross-culturally, whether here in NZ or in another country? 
We would love to hear from them and discuss training options.
Please put them in contact with us. 
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Living in Community
Left: A bonfire at College with students hosting young people from a local church youth group.
Right: Working together to plant native trees on the property, as part of a recent College prayer day focusing on God's call to us to care for His creation.
Graduation July 2018

Graduation is always a time of mixed emotions for both staff and students at College. There is great joy and rejoicing as assignments are finally a thing of the past. For staff there is celebration in seeing a group of people passionate and ready for their next step in God’s mission. At the same time we are very sad to see the students move on, and miss them very much. 

International night was a fun time of celebrating each other's cultures and varying talents.
Huia Come Home

A new block course this term is  Contemporary Mission.  Under the title 'Huia Come Home' the focus of the 5-day course was Maori worldview, especially in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori-missionary relations at the time and in the years following.

One staff member who audited the class reflected afterward: "I learnt that we cannot always carry our assumptions into our relationships with people of other cultures.Sometimes my perspective is not ok. We need to be challenged in order to be a channel for God's work, with the many different cultures we engage with."

Upcoming Block Courses

Church Planting Across Cultures- September 13th-26nd

TESOL- January 7th- February 1st- 
a popular course preparing people to teach English to teachers of other languages.

It is a pleasure to welcome guests to participate in these and other block courses.
If you are interested in finding out about block courses offered by the College please contact the office.
TESOL course applications close on September 19th. Click here for details.
Update on some of our Graduates:

Rachel and Matthew with their three children are working in Europe with a focus on ministering to the Muslim population in their area. Rachel is language learning while Matthew, as well as looking after their children, is building relationships with local people, a new initiative being an English conversation club. Please pray for them as they work to establish a team to work with. There is a family eager to join them this month, but they are awaiting the approval of their visa.  

A recent graduate has just arrived in Asia where she will be working with a marginalised people group. Her vision is to work in a cafe and through that to help the people around her. Please pray for her as she adjusts to this area, learns language, and establishes her work platform.

We are very thankful to see the new accommodation block completed on the College site. We didn’t have the full amount of funds at the beginning of the build, but prayed and trusted God to provide, and we ended the semester with a beautiful new duplex and no debt. God has been faithful!
Many thanks to Gordon Meehan and the site management team for all their hard work in managing the project.

Pray with Us

Please pray for new students who started studies on July 23rd.

We are thankful for God's provision to complete the new accommodation block. 

Please pray with us for new students for the new semester starting in February 2019.

Be in prayer for the Miller family and the Lee family as they apply for visas so that they can continue on the staff here.

Please remember our most recent graduates as they move on and seek ways of using the training they have received here in sharing God's story across cultures.

We continue to be so thankful to God for his blessing and provision.
Do you feel inspired to look further at cross-cultural training at Eastwest?
Do you know someone who would like to work across cultures and would benefit from training?
We would love to hear from you! Have a look at our website, send an email or come and visit.
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