November 2018, Issue 6
If someone were to ask you what is “the culture that is the most widespread, powerful, and persuasive among all contemporary cultures, which has a more worldwide influence than any other culture, including that of Islam” how would you reply?

Lesslie Newbigin, who wrote the words in italics above, was in no doubt about the answer: modern Western culture. Newbigin went on to challenge western churches with the stark view that they were “an advanced case of syncretism”: churches had allowed the gospel to be squeezed by the modern Western story. The result is that the gospel has often been reduced to a private religious message about an otherworldly salvation postponed to an indefinite future.

How had Newbigin come to this conclusion? Having spent 40 years as a missionary in India, on his return to the West he could see things that those of us who have spent our entire lives in the West fail to see.

So how can Christians in the West live out God’s Big Story as revealed in Scripture (creation-fall-redemption-renewed creation) while living in a culture dominated by the Modern Western Story (MWS) of material progress based on science and human reason? That’s what the Level 5 Diploma students have been thinking through this term in our course on Secular Humanism – part of the World Religions course.

What then might this Christ-like life look like? Neither complete rejection of the MWS - it wouldn’t be faithfulness to go and live in a commune somewhere in Fiordland, - nor complete acceptance of it – which would lead to us being, at best, Sunday Christians, rather, critical awareness of the pervasive culture all around us. And that will lead to us subverting culture, but also creating culture, as part of God’s call to us to be culture-makers in Genesis 2:15. And in this, we erect signposts as God’s people that one day, on his return, Christ’s Kingdom will fully come here on earth, and the MWS will be no more.

By Lewis Varley
Photo above: Vinny with Martin Campbell at the Cambridge Community Marae

External Evaluation and Review (EER)

The External Evaluation and Review (EER) of the college happens every 4 years, by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The NZQA gives Eastwest College its accreditation. The review will take place on December 4-5 and will involve the academic and administrative staff being interviewed by 2 evaluators from NZQA. The evaluators will also assess each of our programmes, our ability to self assess and review our academic programmes, and the welfare of our international students.

At a human level we will prepare as hard as we can, however, we do trust God, as we see the college as God's college in NZ for the training of cross-cultural workers, which we see as being the heart beat of God for this century.

Please pray for this visit, that we would be granted favour in their sight. A positive review is a great help in enabling students to be granted visas for study here.

Pray for:
-our preparations,
-all the necessary people to be available for interviews at the right time,
-the evaluators to understand what we are doing here,
-that we would all have quickness of mind to respond truthfully, accurately and helpfully to their questions.
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. 
Click here to access enrollment details.
Living in Community
An exciting and lively competition has been running all term between the care groups... to see who will be the champions at human fooze ball!
A rainy but fun fun-run was enjoyed by many as part of a fun day to celebrate the end of term. Many thanks to the Student Council!
Cambridge Community Marae
A visit to the community marae in Cambridge was a highlight of the beginning of the term. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to experience a powhiri and learn about the traditional culture of the Maori people. Many thanks to Vinny, Chrissy and their whanau, for their hospitality, time and insights. (Photos below)
Graduates of December 2018
Erica Aarson reflects: "During this year at Eastwest College, I have thoroughly enjoyed living and learning in a rich cross-cultural environment. The classes have shaped my understanding of why we do missions and how to be an effective witness in today's world. Studying here has also increased my knowledge of the Bible, and its practical application to my life. 
I am currently undergoing an application with SIM to join the work they are doing in a rural clinic in South Sudan. I hope to join them at the end of 2019, using what I have learnt at college, together with my nursing skills, to minister to the South Sudanese and refuge populations who live there."
Intercultural Night
The first year Communicating the Gospel class organised a wonderful event celebrating different cultures. Many friends from different places were invited to enjoy each others' tasty food and special cultural performances. (See photos below)
Upcoming Events

4-5- EER (External Evaluation and Review)
8- Graduation

7- TESOL starts
16-19- TCK Camp

13- Orientation for new students
18- Term 1 starts
Block courses in 2019
Term 2
Children in Crisis

Term 3
Spiritual Warefare
Contemporary Mission
Church Planting

Inquire at for more details.

Pray with Us

Please pray for the upcoming External Evaluation and Review (see above).

Please pray for students graduating on December 8th, as they move on and seek ways of using the training they have received here in sharing God's story across cultures.

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

We give thanks that the Miller family received their work visas. Please continue to pray for the Lee family as they wait to hear about their visa application outcome.

Pray for the camp for Third Culture Kids hosted by the college January 16-19.

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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Taupiri 3791, New Zealand
- 0800-89 64 77
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