Is the gospel good news? We’re in no doubt. For as long as anyone can remember, Lifepoint has been sending its best and brightest overseas, armed only with the gospel. We partner with nationals of other countries also in the task of mission.
Support groups meet to pray for our mission partners, and a hard-working Mission Council keeps Lifepoint honest and focussed. Andrew Penhey will connect your call.
John and Linda
Who pastors the missionaries? Through their organization “Mission Links”, John and Linda Watson do just that, travelling several times a year to some of the hardest places where God’s people serve.
John and Linda see their role as “strengthening missionary hands and encouraging missionary hearts.” As well as one-on-one counselling, they conduct retreats, propose leadership strategies and offer resources. Back home they call the church in New Zealand to its responsibilities in mission and in serving the poor.
John and Mary
John Elliot is the International Director of World Outreach (WO), a multicultural and interdenominational faith mission operating in over 60 countries. John and Mary are based in Singapore.
The mission of World Outreach is to impact least–reached peoples with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. WO is currently working directly with 35 such people groups, raising and training leaders, engaging in evangelism, church planting and children’s ministry, assisting emerging missions and offering humanitarian aid.
Matt and Liz
Matt and Liz love Nepal. They spent five years in Kathmandu, where Matt worked with the International Nepal Fellowship (INF), a Christian medical mission involved in health and development work. INF is committed to providing both medical and spiritual care for the poorest of the poor in Nepal: a great fit with the vision and values of Lifepoint.
Now based in Wellington (Matt is on staff with Lifepoint, after all!), Matt continues to work part-time with INF as a designer, promoting the work of INF to the developed world. He and Liz remain mission partners with us in this call.
Responding to a deep sense of call, Biswanath and Vijaya Chowdhuri founded the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Bangladesh some 35 years ago. CDC’s vision is to train young Bangladeshis to bring the good news to their nation. Christians are a minority in this largely moslem country.
As of 2015 over 800 men and women have trained at CDC, and now serve in Christian ministries and cutting-edge mission across Bangladesh. Aided by a gifted and passionate staff team, Vijaya has led the ministry since Bishu passed away in 2010.
CDC’s range and reach have grown in response to God’s call. In addition to the one year diploma for pastors and evangelists, CDC runs discipleship courses for majority background believers, an increasing number of “village schools”, a growing and effective adult literacy program, some small development projects, and a burgeoning media ministry making programs for broadcast in Bengali. Through all this many people are coming to trust in Jesus.
Val and the Good News Team
For over 30 years Val Bateup has poured her life into spreading the good news about Jesus to Thai children. Through her God established the Good News Team (GNT)—a committed team of local Thais who regularly travel throughout Thailand sharing the gospel in a fun way (mainly in state-run Buddhist schools). Quite literally hundreds of thousands of Thai children have been reached by the Good News Team and its literature.
Some of the earliest converts are now leaders in the Thai Church, and some are now leading the Good News Team itself, allowing Val to transition to a well-earned retirement – or rather, a new season of ministry! – in Wellington. Key leaders are NoiNon and Kanchana, both of them passionate, gifted and experienced disciplers of young people (together, they also lead a midweek club and Sunday church for young people). They are aided by Saara, a Finnish missionary in Bangkok. Lifepoint’s pastor Matthew Scott was in Thailand recently, and came away impressed and delighted at how the Team has set its sights on the year ahead.