Learn more about our mission in Vanuatu alongside our partner, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.
Download the latest Nambawan! newsletter, which is dedicated to our partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. This includes up-to-date information about the PCANZ personnel who are serving with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu, the many ways in which members and congregations of the PCANZ are involved, and the latest progress on cyclone recovery projects.
Click here to read how members of Presbyterian and Uniting congregations can apply for a travel subsidy to volunteer in Vanuatu
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In March 2015, Cyclone Pam caused widespread devastation in Vanuatu. Needs will be ongoing for a long time, and we will continue to support the PCV in as many ways as possible. Many congregations and members of the PCANZ have been, and continue to be involved in mission in Vanuatu. Teachers, tradespeople and labourers, work parties, and health professionals have all offered their assistance and many have already been over on short-term projects. Contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King if you would like to find out how you or your church can support the cyclone recovery in Vanuatu.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand affirms the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV)as our primary mission relationship. We are delighted to be partners in a number of projects in Vanuatu that we encourage our congregations to support. Below are some of the ways in which the PCANZ is working in Vanuatu.
Two couples are serving with the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu in 2016, based in Port Vila:
Neville and Gloria Jones – Neville will be working as a project manager for the PCV, and helping facilitate teams and individuals from the PCANZ who come to serve in different capacities. Gloria works in dental care and education, some of which is in the public sector alongside her work with the PCV. Neville and Gloria work together in hosting PCANZ teams who come over on project work.
Martyn and Annette Vincent will be serving in Port Vila for one year. Martyn is an accountant, and will be assisting in the PCV Finance Department. Annette is a quantity surveyor and educator; she will support Martyn and serve in her own capacity once a role is defined for her.
Talua Ministry Training Centre is the training college for the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu and offers a diploma of theology, diploma of mission and Bachelor of Ministries programmes. Graduates from the college become church leaders in various denominations and evangelists to isolated villages. The PCANZ does not have a teacher there this year but continues to support the college financially.
We provide scholarships for Theology students, and for Bush Missioners – Ni-Vans who are trained to work in the remote highland villages on Santo.
The PCANZ’s Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership is working in a partnership with Talua. Early in 2017 two staff from Talua attended a block course at the Knox Centre.
Several PCANZ congregations have partnerships with churches and communities throughout the islands in Vanuatu. These range from building projects, youth programmes, and educational support. Your congregation is invited to enquire how to set up a mission partnership in Vanuatu.
There is a long history of relationship with Onesua College. We continue to have a keen interest in the school and provide scholarships to students through the Shirley Gray Memorial Fund, and assistance with school resources.
Presbyterian Church schools have established regular contact with Onesua over the years. Other school partnerships are being explored.
Korvan is based on a vision to train Christian healthcare workers to provide healthcare in their communities throughout Vanuatu. We provide scholarships for healthcare students through the Horwell Fund and other donors. PCANZ congregations have also contributed to this. Interested health professionals are invited to volunteer their services in tutoring and English teaching.
Thousands of Ni-Vans come to New Zealand each year as seasonal workers on orchards and vineyards. Congregations in fruit picking areas often provide hospitality and support to Ni-Van workers.
Going Global is a combined Global Mission/Presbyterian Youth Ministry youth experience, which has enabled programmes with schools and communities on Tanna and Santo Islands. Going Global will continue to offer opportunities for young adults in PCANZ to be involved in mission in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu is our longest standing mission relationship. If you would like to join the long list of New Zealand Presbyterians who have supported mission in Vanuatu, please contact the Global Mission Coordinator, Phil King.