The second stop on our New Zealand journey was in Tauranga. I was so impressed with God’s work through the Otumoetai church of Christ and the South Pacific Bible College. I learned a great deal from my brothers and sisters in Tauranga. I was impressed with their faithful service in the South Pacific and beyond. I was inspired by how God has used them to expand his kingdom. I was also excited about the great potential I see in the church and in the college.
Alan and I were able to spend significant time with both the faculty and staff at the SPBC and the leadership of the Otumoetai church. We listened as they recounted their history and how God had brought them to this point in their history. We were inspired by their honesty in evaluating their strengths and areas of needed growth. We were excited as they began to envision their future and identify specific steps which they want to take to see God’s vision become a reality in New Zealand, the South Pacific and beyond.
I have heard of the Otumoetai church and SPBC in Tauranga for years and I now know that all of the wonderful things I have heard are indeed true and perhaps a little bit of an understatement. We were able to deepen great kingdom relationships, learn from what God is doing and begin to take steps of deeper partnership to join God’s work in the South Pacific. I am resisting the temptation to begin to mention names, however there are so many godly servants and good friend in Tauranga it would talk me longer than I have now to mention everyone. I am sure you will be hearing more about those in Tauranga as God continues to teach me through their life and service. Pray that God will continue to use His people in New Zealand for His glory!