Staff Workers &
Massey Albany Campus Worker (Chinese Specialist)
Yangyang came to New Zealand as an international student. After a difficult journey, she enrolled at Carey Baptist Bible College. For several years after graduation, Yangyang began serving on the chaplaincy team at Massey Albany.
To grow in her cross-cultural giftings and serve among international students, Yangyang became part of ISMNZ in 2009 as a ministry intern through Pathways College of Bible and Mission. After graduating, Yangyang joined ISMNZ as a full-time staff worker, and continues to serve alongside the chaplaincy team at Massey Albany campus and at the University of Auckland as well.
Yangyang's passion is to serve and disciple students who come from Mandarin-speaking nations. Her servant heart touches many lives, and students hear the gospel and grow in Christ.
Yangyang shares, "My Christian commitment comes from my belief in these words from Matthew 16:24: Jesus told His disciples, 'If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.' and in Acts 4:12: 'There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’."
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Massey Albany Campus Worker (Multicultural)
By faith, Carrie was sent to New Zealand through Impact Ministries USA as a 'pioneer' missionary in 2004. God led her on a path to work amongst international students, and she began immediately working with Chinese and Japanese students. Over these years she has been involved in pastoral care, evangelism, prayer and discipleship with students. She has been a part of the chaplaincy team at Massey Albany for several years.
In 2010 Carrie began seeking to become a part of a New Zealand-based mission organisation that would allow her to continue her work amongst international students at Albany. God led her to ISMNZ and we are blessed to have her as a part of our worker family. If you were to ask Carrie about the ministry, she would sum it up as, “Plain and Simple: We love international students!”
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International Student Ministry Facilitator, Auckland Campuses
God has called Graeme to 'feed His sheep' (John 21:16) as he reaches the nations from our doorsteps in New Zealand. This calling to serve international students fits with his long-held passion for people from many nations.
One of his life verses is Zechariah 8:23 "In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew saying, 'Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you'". At the end of 2013, Graeme left his lecturer position to concentrate more time on ministry among international students.
Graeme has been a follower of Christ since 1972. His grounding in the faith came from the Lutheran church. He was discipled through The Navigators and later became a Navigator staff ministering among working singles as well as Asian and Pacific students in the 1970s and '80s.
Since then Graeme has worked as a secondary school teacher and guidance counsellor, as HR manager and PR Director for World Vision New Zealand and as a lecturer at various tertiary institutions in Auckland. He gained his PhD in 2012.
Graeme and Diane married in 1980 and now live in One Tree Hill, Auckland near their two married children, Matt and Kylie. They have five grandchildren. Diane has a strong heritage in the Baptist church through the Finlay family, and The Navigators, and is now working for Fathers Who Dare Win.
The spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” Isaiah 61:1
New Zealand is a special place for May as this is where she felt God’s call for the mission while she was doing her working holiday here a decade ago. It was then she began praying for the people in Aotearoa, and believed that God intended for revival, and restoration and healing in this country. As she prayed, her eyes were opened to the need for more Christian workers in this beautiful land.
May loves meeting people from different cultures, and seeing how God is bringing all nations to our neighbourhood. As she learnt more about the history of New Zealand, she began to understand how God was using this unique period in time, with the increase of International students and immigrants to fulfil His call to all nations to missions. She feels privileged to be part of God's project.
May graduated in Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry in Alphacrucis College in 2014 and worked as a campus staff worker the previous years. She enjoys Bible studies, singing with students, and interacting with people from different cultures and learning languages. As she was an international student herself from South Korea, she is passionate about helping International students find a place of belonging in New Zealand through the love of Christ, to grow in their faith and become a life-long disciple of Jesus.
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