INITIAL SUMMARY NZ REPORT
From Dave Mann, local coordinator, 2017 and 2018
Hear 4 x 1 minute long testimonies here from Vic, Norman, Matt and Kaylee
2017 was the first year that NZ Churches participated in Global Outreach Day (G.O.D.). G.O.D. was given profile in NZ via Christian radio to about 200,000 evangelicals, as well as promotion in person to about 1000 pastors in 2016. It was recognised as a day on which to encourage those who pastors are equipping to take new steps. It was also utilized in several places as an opportunity to have evangelism training for those who are ready to reach out to people they do not know (beyond their own friends and colleagues/neighbours).
We had no idea how many places participated – however through my travel I am already encountering churches (like a couple of the below) who did things out of their own motivation, on the basis of simple awareness.
Reports received – 10
Trained (from just these 9 reports) – 270 people
Engagements / conversations with non-Church people – about 350
Gospel – to about 190
Booklets and tracts given – about 160
Decisions to follow Christ – 4
In 2018 the effort was promoted to 20+ organisations and Rhema Media promoted it through their three national radio channels and Shine TV. Because the Hope Project had taken the gospel to most Kiwi homes at Easter, few extra events were organised. People were encouraged to complete personal visitation to gift Hope Project booklets to ‘no circulars’ homes throughout the nation, who would not have received them through the national delivery. This pattern is likely to continue in 2019.
Meanwhile OAC’s ministry in evangelism training in Pacific nations is increasing. While not branded as G.O.D. this is achieving the goal.
It remains a hope that G.O.D. might be more on the radar of believers in Pacifica nations.