Andrew Lim first arrived in New Zealand in 1994 as an international student at Victoria University of Wellington. He had an eventful stint as a student and by the time he graduated he was married to LiLian, was running an international students hostel called Kia Maia and had become a New Zealand citizen. Since graduating, Andrew and LiLian returned to Singapore, became parents to Monica and continued their involvement with international students in their work and ministry. They returned to Wellington in time to see New Zealand become Rugby World Champions again in 2011. Andrew and his family now live in Hamilton where he is the senior pastor of a church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Hamilton.
Brent is a Chartered Accountant, currently involved in various businesses in New Zealand. He and his wife Lily have lived in Indonesia at various times for a total of two years, studied for two years at Bible College in Palmerston North and Auckland, and founded a Chinese Congregation in their church. They volunteer frequently in short-term mission trips, enjoy debating Christian Apologetics, and have been active in student ministry since their teenage years. They love International Students! They are volunteer Chaplains at IPU (a Japanese-owned university in Palmerston North), and have two daughters who are working in Thames and Wellington.
Christina Baird is a psychologist, who has a private practice equipping and growing reflective human service workers. She is passionate about translating psychological concepts, theories and research into everyday skills and habits that take people from languishing to flourishing. The focus of her work includes providing coaching, assessment and external supervision to individuals in ministry, mission and other human services. She has over 14 years experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked as a tertiary lecturer/tutor, a church administrator, and as a telephone counsellor for children. She also spent 5 years working as a leader in tertiary student ministry, and over 7 years working in personnel development for a mission agency. Christina loves learning and so has a PhD in psychology, a graduate diploma in theology a postgraduate diploma in psychological practice and is a member of the NZ Psychological Society. She enjoys the energy of big cities and lives in Auckland, with a veterinarian, an 11 year old gymnast, a small white dog and a bossy Burmese cat who likes to interrupt zoom calls.
Tony became a Christian at the age of 19 and was discipled through the Navigator Ministry at Massey University in Palmerston North. Apart from a period teaching, he has spent most of his career working in the museum sector as a social history curator, researcher and writer in Palmerston North, Auckland and Masterton. Through the ministry of others in his own life, Tony's life has been deeply impacted by Jesus' command to make disciples among the nations, and the life-long transformation God brings about in people' lives expressed in Paul's words to the Philippians: "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (1:6).
In 2019, Tony and his wife Janine, a graduate of Otago University, left their jobs to travel to Germany where they participated in an Arts-based Discipleship Training School with YWAM. Part of this time was spent living in Cyprus and Egypt. Tony is currently completing theological studies at Laidlaw college. Tony and Janine are members of Crossroads Church in Palmerston North where they lead a small group and serve on the Missions Committee. Their son Alex is currently studying at the University of Otago. Both Tony and Janine were founding members of ISMNZ.
Yang Yenn Tan
Yang Yenn came to New Zealand from Malaysia in 2011 to further his studies in Massey University, Palmerston North. He enjoys meeting new people from around the world and had various involvements with international student group and ISMNZ activities as a student. It was at Overseas Christian Fellowship at university where he met Shao, soon got married and they recently welcomed their son Keane to the family. As a former international student, he knows the importance of continuing support for international students and alumni throughout their discipleship journey. Now based in Lower Hutt, Yang Yenn is currently working as a research technician at Measurement Standards Laboratory, while embracing the highs and lows of being a parent.
Ernest is a Chartered Accountant, currently working for a local chartered accountant firm in Palmerston North. He was born and raised in Indonesia. Around Christmas 2014, he flew over to New Zealand leaving his sister and parents to pursue tertiary study. He knows how challenging it is for international students to study abroad miles away from their family. After spending several years in New Zealand, he fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to call Palmerston North home for his current season in life. He volunteers at a local church and is a part of young adult groups. He has also been involved in business as a mission, helping with their accounting. Ernest is an eager learner and always willing to contribute according to his capacity. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports to keep him fit – he is currently obsessed with basketball!