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Going Global is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30) from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to connect with one of our partner churches. Participants get to see and experience first-hand the life and culture of Myanmar, India or Vanuatu, and to share with those who live their lives and their Christian faith in a completely different context to New Zealand.
Our next Mission
28 Nov – 12 Dec 2017
What is Going Global Myanmar?
Going Global 2017 is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30) from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to connect with their peers in Myanmar, through the partnership that the PCANZ has with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM). Together they’ll learn about each other’s lives, culture and faith, while serving in mission in the Tahan, Myanmar community.
The aim of Going Global Myanmar is to inform, educate, encourage, and inspire:
- To inform participants about the culture and missional context of Myanmar
- To educate them and the partnership between the PCANZ and the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar
- To encourage team members to learn about the riches of cross-cultural engagement and to participate in cross-cultural mission.
- To inspire them to broaden their understanding of mission and respond to the call of God in their lives, wherever God leads.
Going Global is a relational approach to short-term mission. We learn a lot by being with others, hearing their stories, observing and participating in their way of life and daily rhythms.
It is an opportunity to see and experience first-hand the life and culture of Myanmar, and to share with those who live their lives and their Christian faith in a completely different context to their own. Participants will be stretched and challenged as they face stark social and economic realities; and will be led on a spiritual journey, discovering a new understanding of what it means to follow Jesus Christ in the diverse, multi-faith world we live in today.
- The Programme
Going Global is also a formation learning experience. As a team we will participate in modules about mission, such as the theology of mission, mission as partnership, development, community building and cross cultural awareness.
“Dwelling amongst” is a major aspect of the trip, and some of this will take the form of spending time with students at Tahan Theological College (TTC), taking part in their end of year and Christmas events. This is what they have invited us to be part of. Their Christmas Fun Fete is a 2 night festival where TTC staff and students host the local community in a Christmas celebration. This is an opportunity to serve alongside the students, by helping to prepare and set up for the festival, as well as participating in the cultural show. The students range in age from 18-25, and include both male and female students.
Serving in Mission:
As with most cross-cultural trips, serving others will play an important part. While much of the trip will include observing and learning, participants will need to show mature Christian leadership and will be expected to serve in various ways. This will involve teaching opportunities, faith sharing and worship throughout the course of the trip.
Other activities will include learning about the culture of Myanmar and context of the Christian community there, visiting churches, local markets and some tourist attractions including Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Participants will also learn about the PCANZ’s partnership with the PCM and visit projects funded through the Ricebowl Mission.
Cost of the trip is $3,000, including NZ domestic flights.
The cost of the trip is $3,000, including NZ domestic flights.
Applicants must be between the ages 18-30. The Application form is due 30 April, along with a police check form. Attach photocopy of drivers licence and passport. Email to Global Mission Coordinator Phil King, firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to Phil at Global Mission, Presbyterian Church Office, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington 6141.
Applicants will be informed by 5 May
Pay the $1,500 non-refundable deposit by 14 July
Pay the remaining $1,500 by 14 October.
For further information or clarification email Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King, email@example.com; or phone (04) 381-8294 or 021 2506467