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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

8-22 January, 2020

Myanmar

  • What is Going Global Myanmar?

    Going Global 2020 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 a local Myanmar community.

    The Aims:
    The aim of Going Global Myanmar is to inform, educate, encourage, and inspire:

    1. To inform participants about the culture and missional context of Myanmar
    2. To educate them and the partnership between the PCANZ and the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar
    3. To encourage team members to learn about the riches of cross-cultural engagement  and to participate in cross-cultural mission.
    4. 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), sharing in their classes, worship and recreational time. The TTC students range in age from 18-25, and include both male and female students. A significant component of the programme will include helping students with conversational English, and contributing in other ways depending on the talents of team members.

    PCANZ Personnel on Staff at TTC
    PCANZ minister Rev. Helen Harray and her husband Wayne serve on staff at TTC, and they will help to manage the programme on-site and offer guidance and support to the team. In turn, team members will learn about Wayne and Helen’s work and learn about the mission partnership between our two churches.

    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
    Cost of the trip is $3,000, including NZ domestic  flights.

  • Cost
    The cost of the trip is $3,000, including NZ domestic  flights.

    Application Process

    Applicants must be between the ages 18-30. The Application form is due 30 June along with a police check form. Attach photocopy of drivers licence and passport. Email to Global Mission Coordinator Phil King, phil@presbyterian.org.nz, or post to Phil at Global Mission, Presbyterian Church Office, P.O. Box 9049, Wellington 6141.

    Applicants must commit to attending an orientation day for all team members prior to departure.

    Applicants will be informed by 7 July.

    Pay the $1,500 non-refundable deposit by 31 August

    Pay the remaining $1,500 by 30 October.

    For further information or clarification email Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King, phil@presbyterian.org.nz; or phone (04) 381-8294 or 021 2506467