Jonathan & Meredith Thorpe
ISMNZ Nelson Team Leaders
International students in Nelson have enjoyed the blessing of Jonathan and Meredith for nearly a decade. Jonathan and Meredith met at university in Christchurch, both having been a part of the Navigator campus ministry. That is where Jonathan developed a heart for internationals.
In 2003-04 they spent a year in Kyrgyzstan. As a result, this experience led them to get involved with Operation Friendship in Nelson, a ministry which provides friendship and Christian outreach to international students.
In 2006 God led Jonathan and Meredith to become a part of the ISMNZ family.
The Thorpes, along with their three children, not only serve international students through the campus ministry, they provide a home and hospitality. Their student hostel, Palm Haven, has blessed dozens of international students over the past few years.
Don & Dianne Ross
Don and Dianne have been involved with helping internationals in Nelson since 1990.
They enjoy offering hospitality and building lifelong friendships with international students. Visits from returnees on holiday in Nelson is also a real highlight for Don and Dianne.