Japanese Ministry Leader, Auckland
Akira and his wife Kikuko came to serve amongst international students in New Zealand in 1997. Since that time they have enjoyed a vibrant ministry amongst Japanese international students in both Palmerston North and currently, in Auckland. They have a passion for helping international students become life-long followers of Jesus. Year after year they disciple students, develop future ministry leaders, and have a strong returnee base in Japan.
Akira and Kikuko have served Christ for decades, having been full time missionaries with The Navigators in Japan before being sent to work with international students in New Zealand.
In addition to his work amongst students, Akira does translating work for various companies. Kikuko also arranges study in New Zealand for high school students.
Yang Yang Wu
Massey Albany Campus Worker (Chinese Specialist)
Yang Yang came to New Zealand as an international student. After a difficult journey, she enrolled in Carey Baptist Bible College. After graduation she began serving on the chaplaincy team at Massey Albany for several years. To grow in her cross cultural giftings and serve amongst international students, Yang Yang became a part of the ISMNZ family in 2009 when she enrolled as an ISMNZ ministry intern through Pathways College of Bible & Mission. After graduating from our internship programme in 2009 Yang Yang joined our staff as a full time worker with ISMNZ, and continues to serve alongside the chaplaincy team in Albany as well.
Yang Yang's passion is to serve and disciple students who come from Mandarin speaking nations. Her servant heart touches many lives, and students hear the gospel and grow in Christ.
Yang Yang shares, "My Christian commitment comes from my belief in these words from Matthew 16:24: Jesus told His disciples, 'If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.' and in Acts 4:12: 'There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved'."
Massey Albany Campus Worker (Multicultural)
By faith, Carrie was sent to New Zealand through Impact Ministries USA as a 'pioneer' missionary in 2004. God led her on a path to work amongst international students, and she began immediately working with Chinese and Japanese students. Over these years she has been involved in pastoral care, evangelism, prayer and discipleship with students. She has been a part of the chaplaincy team at Massey Albany for several years.
In 2010 Carrie began seeking to become a part of a New Zealand-based mission organisation that would allow her to continue her work amongst international students at Albany. God led her to ISMNZ and we are blessed to have her as a part of our worker family. If you were to ask Carrie about the ministry, she would sum it up as, “Plain and Simple: We love international students!”
International Student Ministry Facilitator, Auckland Campuses
God has called Graeme to “feed His sheep” (John 21:16) as he reaches the nations from our doorsteps in New Zealand. This calling to serve international students fits with his long held passion for people from many nations. One of his life verses is Zechariah 8:23 “In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew saying, ‘Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you’”. At the end of 2013, he left his position at MIT to concentrate more time on ministry among international students.
Graeme has been a follower of Christ since 1972. His grounding in the faith came from the Lutheran church. He was discipled through the Navigators and worked on Navigator staff among working singles and Asian and Pacific students in the 1970s and 80s.
Since then he has worked as a secondary school teacher and guidance counsellor, as HR manager and PR Director for World Vision New Zealand and as a tertiary lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Southern Cross University in Auckland. He gained his PhD in 2012.
He and Diane married in 1980 and now live in One Tree Hill, Auckland near their two married children, Matt and Kylie. So far, they have four grandchildren. Diane has a strong heritage in the Baptist church through the Finlay family, and the Navigators, and is now working for Faith for Families.
Japanese Ministry Worker, Auckland
ISMNZ is pleased to introduce you our most recent workers, Chisa Nagashima. In 2012, Chisa answered God’s call and boarded a plane in Japan bound for New Zealand.
“When I arrived in Auckland, God had already prepared what I should do so I just jumped into place as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle” says Chisa. “I began to help in some ministries, especially by leading worship which God gives me as a gift.”
Since arriving in New Zealand, Chisa has been serving alongside ISMNZ workers Akira and Kikuko Doi in their ministry amongst Japanese students and migrants in Auckland. Besides worship leading, she is a youth leader in the Japanese high school student ministry.
In 2013, she enrolled in Alphacrucis College in Auckland as an ISMNZ Ministry Intern. She completed her Diploma in Christian Leadership Internship in December of 2015.
Chisa shares, “Through ministry and studies, God trained and equipped me. God put in me a passion for sharing God's love to the next generation, helping them to be Christ-like and become leaders.”
“I believe I was born to worship God: "I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live" (Psalm 104:33, NIV). My vision is to worship God cross culturally and experience the living God in our praises together.”
Please pray for Chisa as she shares her testimony of what God is doing in her life and in the lives of Japanese international students in New Zealand, as well as their impact as followers of Jesus when they return to Japan. If you are keen be a part of Chisa’s prayer and financial support team, please go to our Donate page to find out more.