The redemptive heart of God is clearly seen throughout all of Scripture. God’s passion for the glory of His name among the peoples of this world is without question. The extent of God’s commitment was vividly expressed in the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ, who paid in full the penalty of our sin. Therefore it is only fitting that the words of the psalmist find lodging in our hearts as His Church, so that we may say…“Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods” (Psalm 96:2-4).
It is our firm belief that the words of Jesus…”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20) are vitally relevant for the Church today.
At South Valley we have an active Missions Group that is committed to: “Informing, challenging, and mobilising the Church to be creatively and strategically involved in reaching the unreached peoples of the world.” God has been pleased to send out many from our church on short-term mission trips. At present, one of our families is serving in Thailand and annually we are pleased to release our pastor to train and equip church planters in India and other parts of the world as God gives opportunity.
SCHMIDT – Baan Jai Dee in Thailand
Allan, Sam and Jordan Schmidt, from Geelong served for over four years with New Tribes Mission before visiting Thailand to seek if God would move on their hearts to care for orphaned abandoned or relinquished children. It was during their first visit that they felt the Lord move on their hearts to serve Him in Thailand and they moved to Thailand in 2007. They currently care for 25 children. Baan Jai Dee (Home of the Kind Hearted) in Northern Thailand is about 35 minutes from the Chiang Mai International airport.
Allan and Sam accept volunteers for between 2 weeks and 6 months. firstname.lastname@example.org
The NEHEMIAH INSTITUTE
Nehemiah institute seeks to provide ongoing and systematic training among servant-leaders ministering in rural and tribal areas. Our desire is to ‘lift up the hands which hang down’ and to strengthen their knowledge of the Scriptures, so that it will match the passion God has placed in their hearts in fulfilling the Great Commission. The Nehemiah Institute partners with like-minded Indian pastors who will commit to providing a meeting place and meals for a 3-5 day conference. Our commitment is to provide the teaching for 8-10 hours per day, all materials and notes, as well as providing for the costs involved in hosting the conference.
VERLAAN – New Tribe Missions in South Africa
Representatives for NTM South Africa and partnering with local churches in equipping and preparing Christians for Cross-Cultural Church Planting in Africa and beyond.
For more information, please visit our website www.ntm.org , Or contact us at SouthAfrica@ntm.org
ALA – Eagles Rest in Thailand
Eagles Rest Foundation seeks to provide a sponsored time of restoration and rest for Asian national Christians who live and serve while enduring poverty. They often come in a state of burn out and needing physical and practical needs met in a safe and welcoming environment.
For more information, please visit their website www.eagles-rest.info
KALIALAHA FAMILY – Copley Christian Fellowship
Originally from the South Seas Evangelical Church in Solomon Islands, the family arrived in South Australia in 2002 with Apollos coming as an international student. Apollos completed three years (2002 – 2004) of study with Adelaide College of Ministries, followed by another year (2005) with Bible College of South Australia. Apollos and Jean Kalialaha have four Children two girls, Rita and Nita and two boys, Eleuther and Eliud. Eleuther, Eliud and Nita are in South Australia with the family, while Rita now married is living with her husband in Solomon Islands. Apollos has served for twenty three years as a public servant with the Solomon Islands Government and Jean worked with the National Bank of Solomon Islands for twenty one years. They both resigned from their jobs and took this step of faith in response to what they believed was God’s calling for them into full time ministry where-ever God leads them. Apollos and Jean Kalialaha are currently serving as missionaries to the Aborigines of the Flinders Rangers in South Australia.
Copley was established in 1882 as a service stop on the extending Great Northern railway line. Copley was surveyed in 1891 and named after William Copley, the then Commissioner of Crown Lands. United Aboriginal Mission (UAM) purchased the church property and established an indigenous congregation in early 1970s. An Aborigines couple was appointed as pastor approximately thirty years ago and served for more than ten years before moving to the nearest town of Port Augusta because of ill health. Subsequently Copley has been without a pastor for almost another ten years until Apollos and Jean Kalialaha arrived in 2006. Apollos and Jean Kalialaha are based in Copley and conduct outreach visitations among Aborigines of the Flinders Ranges of outback South Australia. These are towns, homelands and pastoral properties within a radius of some 30 – 300 kilometers off Copley.
THE EVANS FAMILY – Japan
The Evans first arrived in Hokkaido, Japan as a family of four in January of 1992. As a youth, Tony had studied Japanese for 10 years in Australia. It was through his studies and several short visits to Japan that God made plain his will for Tony to be a missionary there. Debbie also as a youth surrendered her life to serve on the mission-field after having participated in a youth missions trip to the Philippines. The main focus of the Evans’ work has been establishing and pastoring the Suzuran Bible Baptist Church. The church is located in the centre of Kita Hiroshima, which is just 25 km out of Sapporo, the fifth largest city in Japan. Although the bulk of the Evans’ work focuses around evangelism and discipleship in their local church, they have also had many opportunities to minister at many different Japanese churches, camps, and conferences. The Evans, now a family of 7, are often called on to minister in music, child-raising seminars, Camp & Conference preaching, discipleship training, missionary orientation and other areas.
THE CASTELIJN FAMILY – Philippines
Since 1995 the Castelijn family has been living and sharing Christ among the Banwaon tribal people on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. They serve with Cross View (formerly New Tribes Mission Australia.) Albert is translating the New Testament into the tribal language (Inimantu). There are over 500 believers in the tribe and they are growing in their faith, becoming strong and hungry to read the Bible for themselves. Over 25 Banwaon men are Bible teachers and many of these faithfully hike across the mountain ranges to teach in little villages where Banwaon tribal people live. Albert and Lynne are also involved in Bible lesson/curriculum development, medical work, community development projects, counselling and continuing to disciple and work with the church leadership. Each Sunday afternoon Albert teaches the Bible teachers through new material or they revise and discuss things they’ve already taught. The Bible teachers are learning to teach straight from the Word for themselves. At this rate, the Castelijns are going to work themselves out of a job, which is exactly what they want to do!
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