In traditional missions models, missionaries are trained in the language and cross-cultural social skills, before they are sent from their home countries to the nations, which typically takes time and investment.
However, because of international education, the nations of the world have come to New Zealand’s doorstep. In 2018, Students from 177 countries or territories came to New Zealand (Beehive, 2019). Of these students, many of them come from closed countries that are unreachable by traditional missions efforts.
ISMNZ’s aims to reach international students in New Zealand for Christ, giving them the opportunity to know the person of Christ, helping them to be a life-long follower of Jesus Christ, and equipping them to reach their communities and nations for Him for the rest of their lives. While they remain here, we build relationships with them and show them the reality of Christ’s love through our lives.
After graduation, some international students stay on to find work in NZ, others return home and still others move to another country. However studies show that approximately 80-85% return home within 2 years of their graduation. Furthermore, 10% of long-stay international students leave New Zealand as Christians.
Past patterns indicate that of these, 5% of international students returning as Christians become Christian Ministry Leaders within 5 – 10 years.
This could be equivalent to the New Zealand church sending up to 300 missionaries per year for life-long service, with an advantage. These internationals student returnees know the language, are familiar with their culture, have existing relationships with friends and family, and have no visa issues as citizens.
Even for Alumni who choose to stay, they too can reach their community in New Zealand, which they have more access to, as someone who is already part of that culture.
Investment in ISMNZ is very cost effective in terms of eternal return for God’s Kingdom. Returns from the Capital Fund will financially support this cost-effective work till Jesus Christ returns again.
What is it?
Often normal donations are spent within the year they are given. For capital funds, the money is invested in NZ selected growth funds, and only the income (not capital) from that will be used to fund expenses, such as operational needs and growth.
ISMNZ has appointed a Capital Fund Finance Committee who will oversee the investment of the capital funds and ensure that the funds are invested wisely.
The ministry gets a regular return from the capital fund, but the principle remains intact, so that the gift returns a sustainable flow of funds to the ministry. This is similar to buying shares or a term deposit where a dividend or interest is paid out at the same time retaining the original capital amount.
Giving a donation or bequeath to the Capital Fund is a way of leaving a legacy that goes on giving towards building God's Kingdom, maybe even until the end of time. It will provide a sustainable funding stream to ensure funding is available for new initiatives, projects and to help give staff starting off some traction in terms of initial support whilst support raising.
Our vision is to have a critical mass of staff workers in each university city and two staff in each technical institute city, and 71 fully-funded staff in New Zealand.
Would you like to partner with us to make an eternal impact on the lives of international students in New Zealand?