A Note from Trevor

In May of 2010 I contacted two preachers in New Zealand: “Are there are any churches over there that could really use a full-time worker?” The church in NZ was where I became a Christian. It was where I found my wife. It was in this profoundly secular culture that I needed to defend my faith, and that led to a love for apologetics as an outreach tool. At the time, there was no way to pursue that particular ministry in NZ, and so Chris and I left for the States, always intending to give back in some way. After 25 years, that time is finally here. Each of the preachers answered “Yes” to my question, and promptly pointed me in the direction of the South Auckland congregation.

In mid-September, 2010, the brethren officially invited me to come and labor with them, and it began in earnest on February 11, 2012.

Some might call NZ a “hard” mission field, and it is. Baptisms are few and far between. The church struggles to develop numerically and spiritually. There are few trained workers in full-time ministry. Congregations tend to be small and isolated. That story carries on to the country as a whole. American congregations often want to build a personal connection between their members and the works they support. When you tell people that NZ is a relatively expensive and long trip to the other side of the world, those connections seem far less compelling, and so does the prospect of support.

In short, NZ is a distant, Acts 17 mission field. It is not Jerusalem on Pentecost with people right there, in arm’s reach, asking what to do to be saved. It is Athens with its idols (the holy trinity of rugby, horse racing and beer). It is Athens with its alternative lifestyles, competing worldviews, and a lack of patience for the simple Gospel truth.

And yet the apostle Paul went to Athens. He reached out to the Jews in the synagogues, the Greeks in the marketplace, and yes, even the elite Areopagites. While I am certainly no Paul, I want to follow his example (1 Cor. 11:1). With God’s help I hope to reach the lost and strengthen the church in South Auckland and beyond. He has blessed us to be where we are now—to be in a position where we can have a positive impact on the church in New Zealand.

We have three-quarters of our support goal in place, and we are truly thankful for that. But as most church leaderships are aware, missionaries are constantly having to replace lost support and secure longer-term commitments. If you can help, please let us or the elders at Alkire Road know of your interest.