Sione and Janice Naulivou
ISMNZ Hamilton Team Leaders
Sione and Janice have two decades of experience ministering amongst international students in New Zealand. As an international student himself, Sione faced the cultural and academic challenges that international students face.
Both Sione and Janice have been with ISMNZ in their current capacity since late 2009, but were always a part of a key group of people reaching out to international students in Hamilton since even before ISMNZ was founded.
Sione shares, "By God's grace we were raised in believing families. We are blessed with three lovely children: Rachel, Timote and Tafa Rae. He has blessed us with people who care, blessed us of their time and resources to edge us on in the journey. We've learned The Lord is more than enough for our lives. We are continuing to learn to trust in The Lord rather than our own understanding, to acknowledge Him in all our ways and forever amazed at His directing our paths (Prov 3:5-6). We've been blessed being part of His family, privileged He enables us to be channels of His love and grace, stoked as we see the reality of 2 Timothy 2:2. God has greatly encouraged us, considering the little we do with the children / people He brings, yet seeing how God multiplies it, they grow and He does greater things in/with their lives!"
In addition to their service with ISMNZ, the Naulivous fellowship at Hillcrest Chapel. Janice works a couple of days each week as a Microbiologist for Global Proficiency.
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Mario and Saling Garcia
ISMNZ Hamilton Team Workers
ISMNZ has been blessed with the service of Mario and Saling Garcia for several years. In 2004 God brought them to Palmerston North, and the team there enjoyed growing with them and learning from them. In addition to blessing students, Saling served in the National Office as she brought her heart for prayer and organisational skills to help the team. Mario served for some time as a Board member, bringing his leadership and quality assurance talents into the mix.
At the right time, through a new job opportunity for Mario, God led them to Hamilton. Mario and Saling became a part of the growing team with the Naulivous and Elliot-Hoggs. Mario also served as a Regional Coordinator for ISMNZ helping us get our works further established in the Auckland and Hamilton region.
Mario and Saling host international student homestays, as well as enjoying the joy of being grandparents to three beautiful grandchildren.
Malcolm and Mary Elliot-Hogg
ISMNZ Hamilton Team Workers
As workers with WorldVenture, Malcolm and Mary Elliot-Hogg have served through leadership training since 1987, first at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, then from 1993 to 2008 at the Evangelical School of Theology in Wroclaw, Poland. For five years, Malcolm filled the position of academic dean before turning over the responsibility to a national faculty member.
In 2008, WorldVenture asked the Elliot-Hoggs to open a new field in the South Pacific, based in New Zealand. The focus of this new work is reaching international students with the gospel and discipling them so that they in turn can bring the gospel to their own people.
At the same time, God was opening up greater opportunities for some of our ISMNZ workers to minister amongst international students at Waikato University. Connecting with Malcolm and Mary has been a great blessing to the team, as we share a common mission to disciple the nations, equipping them to carry the gospel to their communities and home nations.
Malcolm shares, "We've been working with international students alongside the ISMNZ Hamilton team since 2008 now. We enjoy the students and have made some wonderful friends over the years; and we enjoy working with the Hamilton group. Working with friends makes the job so much better."