March 2019, Issue 7

A little pause ...
By Martin Campbell

Words, and even actions, do not always reflect our heart-felt motives. Often we say what we think we should, and also act out of obligation. When it comes to our reactions under pressure, they can be poorly thought through and are merely a reflex response to events. The reactions to the murders in Christchurch, both word and deed, are like those of any population facing an incident like this. They are a jumbled mass of emotions expressing grief, anger, compassion, frustration, hatred, confusion … you name it, an incident like this will raise up almost any and all.

Then there is the reaction to the reactions - people are appalled at statements being made and frustrated at the anger being expressed ... they are inspired by emotive statements and stirred by engaging images and gestures. Then this tragedy is compared to that in other countries and the responses found wanting or misplaced on some level, and the myriad of emotions become ever more complex and escalate - at least for a season. They will die down and we will all find our rhythm again, a little wiser, a little bruised and a little less inclined to describe the world in simple, linear ways. But, for most, we will only be changed a little.

Eastwest community will pause in silence for the victims of Christchurch and thoughts will inevitably go to the victims of all such killings and for the grief caused to the heart of God by all such hatred, murder, greed, indifference, prejudice and blame-shifting.

In truth, the reactions we are having are to the sin common to all, and to what we know we are all capable of. The knowledge of this is often rejected and denied as the teaching of Jesus is pushed away from people’s thoughts and the standards of the societies we live in.

So stand in silence, yes, but as Jesus said, “… do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children” Luke 23:28. If we are only changed a little, let's pray it be that we search a little more for lasting and sustainable paths of peace in Jesus. Let's pray that we seek out a little more for the neighbour we are called to love, and that we open our hearts a little more to the global scale of our neighbourhood and not just those who live around us. And as we pause to pray, we pray too that Jesus will hold His light a little higher before us, especially now when we sense the darkness a little closer than before.

Kei hopu tōu ringa ki te aka tāepa, engari kia mau ki te aka matua

Do not grasp the loosely-hanging vine,
but rather hold onto the main vine

External Evaluation and Review (EER)

We were very thankful to receive a "Category 1" score from the NZQA who are highly confident in the College's educational performance and capability in self-assessment. 

Many thanks to those staff who worked tirelessly in preparation for the review.
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.
TESOL Training
It is Tuesday evening. Discovery Church is bustling with excitement. Cars pull up and many new migrant families tumble out. Inside new immigrants mingle over the name tag line and tea and biscuits while greeting old friends. The diversity of eager students is reflected in the colourful blend of scarves, jeans, dresses and shorts. Afghans, Colombians, Thai, Chinese, Ugandans, Korean and Mexicans are represented here this evening. Children are escorted to the childcare facilities to play games with one of many volunteers who make these summer English lessons a successful event.
So what’s happening? This is one of the practice teaching sessions of the TESOL course, held annually over the month of January at Eastwest College. It provides a very popular short language programme for our migrants as many regular English courses are not functioning over the summer break. TESOL students teach for six evenings,  the final Thursday evening class is always a mixture of emotions as the disappointment of the fact that no more such classes will be offered for another year sinks in. The Discovery Church sends all the participants home with a grocery bag of donated food and phone numbers are exchanged between teachers and students after photos and hugs. During this time TESOL students are evaluated on their practice teaching where they are encouraged to put their learning into practice.
The practical approach to learning how to teach English threads its way through the month long TESOL course. Students are also involved in a weekly teaching of each other. Pre-course requirements see students actively observing different English teachers throughout the region and a variety of readings and book reviews are also required throughout the month of study. Catering for only eight students allows the four mentors adequate time to give individual attention and help to each participant. A tool for ministry is the focus of this qualification and it is an amazingly worthwhile and relevant course for Christians interested in cross-cultural mission.
Story and photos by Lois Couch
Ministry Teams
What does spinning around a broom have to do with ministry? Well, whenever a new person from Eastwest joins the youth ministry in Huntly, they are initiated by spinning around a broom ten times and then jumping over it ten times. You can imagine the result as they stumble back and forth across the broom. It creates great entertainment for the youth and helps develop humility in our youth workers.
Among the eight ministry teams at Eastwest College, two focus on youth, one in Huntly and one in Ngaruawahia. While we have been serving alongside the local ministry in Huntly for ten years, the work in Ngaruawahia has only been going on for two years.
These two youth groups are indicative of all our ministries at Eastwest College. We seek to come alongside local ministries supporting the local church where we can, looking for ways to help those who are at the margins of society. Finally, our ministry teams are involved in real ministries where skills and knowledge that students learn in classes are applied in real life. And, of course, along the way our students learn how to spin around a boom and try to keep their balance!

By Jim Couch
Up-date on past Graduates
Christina writes: "The days are strangely quite in our neighbourhood. Seems that most of the people here sleep or rest during the day, because when the sun starts to set and the day grows colder, the whole town wakes up and it always sounds like our neighbors are having a party with the music right up!"

Christina (2018 graduate), with her husband Prabhu have just moved to Gapuwiyak on Lake Evella in the Northern Territory of Australia. Prabhu is a pilot with MAF. 

Prabhu has been suffering from health issues but he is getting better and is eager to get back in the pilot's seat. 
Please pray for them to be able to settle well in their community and that they will start being able to make connections with the community there.

Christina and Prabhu are very excited to be expecting the birth of their first child later this year. Please pray for good health for both Christina and Prabhu.
Block courses in 2019
Term 2
20-24 May
Romans- This one week course is taught with special emphasis on God's plan of salvation for the nations.

24-28 June
Children in Crisis- An examination of the multi-faceted problems that street children encounter on a daily basis- at risk from abuse, trauma, hunger and pain.

Term 3
22-26 July
Christian-Muslim Dialogues- A fascinating insight into the dialogues between the evangelical church and the wider Muslim world, both historically and currently.

29 July- 2 August
Spiritual Warfare- This is a study of the nature of the encounter between God and satanic powers in human experience,set against the background of biblical revelation about the spirit world.

16-27 September
Church Planting Across Cultures- This two week course overviews the process of starting churches and their subsequent maturation and growth with particular emphasis on indigenous churches in a cross cultural setting.

10-12 December
Coaching Workshop- Learn how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their problems, reach goals and develop leadership skills in the process.

Inquire at for more details.

Pray with Us

Give thanks for the positive External Evaluation and Review (see above).

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

We give thanks for the new students for the new semester who started in February 2019. Please pray for them as they adjust to a new community here at eastwest. 

Please continue to pray for new students now enrolling to start in July. 

Be in prayer for the different ministry teams getting started up again. 

We give thanks for a safe, fun and helpful  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
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