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Moving Ever Forward: July 2019 Update

Moving Ever Forward: July 2019 Update

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“There is a Jesus Movement happening right now in New Zealand!”

These were some recent words of excitement we heard from a friend of ours living in Wellington, New Zealand. For her, it is obvious that God has his eyes on this country and is moving in power with his love. This is a huge encouragement for us as we continue forward towards our next step in ministry: Pioneering a new Steiger City Team in Wellington!

As many of you already know, during the past 6 months we have been preparing for our move down to Wellington. This has included many hours of prayer, multiple visits, and frequent strategy meetings. Each of our visits have been spent meeting and praying with local church pastors, ministry leaders, and university chaplains. Overwhelmingly, we have been told that there is a big need for a ministry like Steiger to have a presence in the city. While incredible things are happening through these churches and ministries, there is a noticeable void in the areas of evangelism and training young people to share their faith with their peers.


Why Wellington?
As Steiger’s ministry have grown and developed in Tauranga, we have known that the time was coming where God would call us to multiply. Looking at the country as a whole, four cities have stood out as potential places for Steiger to have new City Teams: Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch. As we’ve prayed together as a team, we believe that God is now opening the door to Wellington! In addition to being the capitol of New Zealand, Wellington is incredibly influential in the areas of politics, art, and education.

What will you do?

One fact about Wellington that gets us particularly excited is that people between the ages of 18-34 make up 31% of the population, with people between the ages of 20-24 making up the single largest age group in Wellington! This fits so perfectly with our vision and opens up the doors for so many opportunities to share the Gospel as we pioneer this new work.
Through our frequent visits and outreaches in Wellington over this past year, we have discovered three key areas where we would like to begin our ministry. First, we see the incredible potential to reach and disciple people in intentional community houses. We have already begun talking to the owners of a potential house and have been approached by a few people interested in participating in the community! Second, there is a huge need for the Gospel and interactions with God’s love in the local universities. Sitting down with some of the local chaplains, we have heard story after story of students affected by depression and suicide. The doors have already begun to open for us to find creative and relevant ways to reach this hungry demographic!

And third, we see incredible potential to reach Wellington’s youth culture through street evangelism. While the city itself is busy with activity, it is also very pedestrian friendly. During some of our longer visits we even recognized and greeted people that we had begun to see regularly as we walked to our different stops in the area! One specific tool that we are excited have as a part of our regular ministry are street interviews. Having already participated in these in Tauranga, we see this way of interacting as a wonderful opportunity to not only share the Gospel but to also get to know the local youth culture.


What do you need?

We currently have two big needs as we prepare to move to Wellington at the end of September:

1. To reach our Wellington budget we need to increase our monthly support by $1,500USD ($2,300NZD).
2. We are looking for a place to live! Our desire is to find a house to rent in the Newtown neighborhood that can serve as both a hub for hospitality and ministry.  


We hope that this update has found you well. We are excited for this new season in our lives and ministry!

As with everything we have done in our past 15 years serving with Steiger, we know that we can’t do this alone. If you are not already partnering with us, we would love to have join us in this new big step of faith. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us through regular prayer and financial support.

Thank you for all of your love, encouragement, and support. God is good!

Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui
                                                               Be Strong, Be Steadfast, Be Willing

Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider

Click Here To Support Us From The USA
To donate from New Zealand, please use the following bank details:

– Noah and Wendy personal support: 02-0466-0305578-000
(write “Schneider Support” in the reference)
– Steiger Wellington: 02-0466-0305578-003

Upcoming Events
Aug 10-12: The Mark Drama in Dunedin
Aug 24: Steiger NZ Celebration Dinner
Sep 7-9: The Mark Drama in Tauranga
Sep 28: Move to Wellington!
Prayer Requests & Praises

– Please pray for the Lord to move powerfully in The Mark Drama, an evangelistic presentation of Mark’s Gospel. Noah will be playing Jesus.

– Please pray for the remaining amount of our monthly financial support we have yet to raise for our Wellington budget.
– Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we begin looking for a house in Wellington.


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VIDEO UPDATES!

Our past nine months working with Steiger International in Tauranga, New Zealand have been full and exciting! Time and time again we have experienced God’s faithfulness, power, and love for those who don’t know Him. Watch the video above for an in-depth update of what we have been up to! (Please do not share this video as it contains sensitive information.)


STEIGER GATHERING 2018
We have also been invited to attend the Steiger International Gathering in October. This will take place where we used to live and work at the International Center in Krögis, Germany. Check out the above video learn more about this exciting event and to find out how you can partner with us!
Kia Kaha: April – May Update

Kia Kaha: April – May Update

In Māori, New Zealand’s native language, Kia Kaha means “be strong.” For the past few months this has been one of the things we say to Moira as she goes to bed. “When you have a bad dream or feel scared at night, Kia Kaha. Be strong because God is with you.”

As we continue to adjust to our life and ministry in New Zealand, this been an encouragement to our family as a whole. While we have seen some similarities to America and from our year of living in the UK, every day is still an opportunity to discover new ways of doing life, relating to others, and being culturally relevant. God continues to remind us that, while we may face humbling challenges and frequent times of learning new ways to live life, He is at work around us and is with us. Kia Kaha!


Local Ministry Highlight: Informal Bible Studies

The Leavers Bible Study Team (L to R: Zane, Caleb, and Wendy)

As soon as we arrived in NZ, I (Wendy) had the opportunity to be a part of leading a new Bible study. There had already been some discussion about a group of friends getting together to talk about the Bible and Christian perspectives on different topics. In NZ, people who have graduated from high school are called “Leavers” and high school is called “college” … just in case you weren’t confused already. Our group is 17-20 year olds who are working and studying.

We have been meeting for the last six months, going through the book of Luke and addressing various other topics of interest. We have a couple of Christians who take turns being facilitators, but everyone else is a mixture of atheists, agnostics, and those just interested in the Christian faith. The diversity of the group has led to an array of topics and interests. Some questions that have been raised are:

  • If God wants us to go to heaven, why did he make it impossible to live without sin?
  • Do people need God to make the right choices in life?

Other topics we’ve discussed are free will, homosexuality, gender, the definition of sin, the kingdom of God, heaven, hell, and evolution. The most amazing thing about these topics and questions is that they are coming from sincere curiosity and a profound seeking. The labels and agenda people have given themselves for the sake of identity and explaining their ideologies are not a big enough wall for the power of the Holy Spirit to disassemble.

We are seeing something happen in small and significant ways. Sometimes it’s a comment or moment of vulnerability. Many of the people in the group have never read the Bible, but over time truth is sinking in. When we were studying the Christmas story in Luke 2 our facilitator asked, “Why was the birth of Jesus first announced to the shepherds?” An atheist in our group replied, “It’s because of the upside-down kingdom! The birth of Jesus as King should be told to the lowest of society first and not the richest and most powerful!”

Please pray for those coming to the Bible study. Pray that God would speak to them, and they would surrender their lives to Jesus. Pray for our facilitators – that they would grow in boldness and truth as they share with honesty and authenticity.


We have once again been invited to attend the annual Steiger Gathering in Germany. This is a time set aside for missionary training, fellowship, and vision casting for the next year. While we were living and working with Steiger in Krögis this was an incredibly important time for our development as missionaries and staying connected with the greater work that is happening around the world.

This October will mark two years since we moved away from Germany. In addition to the value of connecting with other Steiger workers from around the world, this will also be an opportunity to reconnect with the local church that has supported us in ministry, the wonderful friends we made, and Moira’s friends from when she was a toddler. Please prayerfully consider supporting us with your prayers and finances as we begin to raise the extra support needed for this trip! We need to raise $6000 USD for this trip.


Never Stop Never Stopping!

Not a day goes by when we are not encouraged and blessed by Moira’s passion for life, sense of humor, and incredible love for people. It seems that whenever we turn around she is either running off for a new adventure outside, singing a Maori song she learned at preschool, or talking about which friends she wants to invite over next for a sleep over. There’s never a dull moment with Moira!

One specific topic of conversation that has been coming up frequently is her upcoming birthday. Moira will be turning 4 on June 25th! This is the first year when she not only knows what a birthday is, but is also counting down the days till its arrival. So far, the theme for the her party will settle somewhere in the realm of butterflies, princesses, dancers, and rock & roll.

Moira and her fellow preschoolers singing for the elderly in a local retirement community.


We hope that this update has found you well. As always, to find out more of what we are doing with our life and ministry in New Zealand please check out our social media links at the bottom of this newsletter.

Thank you for all of your love, encouragement, and support. God is good!

Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui
                                                                    Be Strong, Be Steadfast, Be Willing

Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider


Upcoming Events– June 15: Matariki (Maori New Year)
– June 24: Noah preaches at BBC- June 25: Moira’s 4th Birthday!!!
– June 25-26: New Zealand Cultural Training- July 15: Wendy preaches at BBC
Prayer Requests & Praises– Please pray for the Lord to move powerfully in our upcoming local ministry events and preaching opportunities.
– Praise God for the gift He has given us in Moira. We love watching her grow & discover the world!- Praise the Lord for the fruit we have seen in each of our ministry activities!- Please pray for the remaining amount of monthly financial support we have yet to raise, including the 6,000 USD necessary to travel to Germany for the Steiger Gathering.

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Merry Christmas From Aotearoa!

Merry Christmas From Aotearoa!

Greetings from New Zealand or Aotearoa, “the land of the long white cloud.” After a long day of travel we arrived in our new home of Tauranga on December 8th! In addition to getting used to hearing the Kiwi accent wherever we go, we have had to adjust to one more major change: Celebrating Christmas during the summer! While we do genuinely miss the snow, I think we could get used to this …

Our first couple of weeks have been pretty eventful. Since arriving we have been working to get our bearings in regards to where things are in the city, spending time with the local Steiger team, and beginning to make a life here in Tauranga. A lot of our initial work has been pretty practical, like joining a bank, getting new phone numbers, buying a car, and finding a house to rent.

Things have been going great, so far, and we are beginning to feel more settled and familiar with our surroundings. One of the greatest things that has happened has been that Moira has friends she can play with every day! While we look for a new home, we have been blessed to stay in a flat below a fellow Steiger Missionary family with 5 kids. They have been so hospitable to us and aided in Moira feeling like this really is her new home.

We hope that this little update has found you well and that you have a wonderful Christmas season. Thank you for all of your love and support during this time of transition!

Much love,
~ Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider

Get Involved With What God Is Doing In New Zealand!

Get Involved With What God Is Doing In New Zealand!

Please pray about joining us as a Ministry Partner in this next season of our life and ministry! As we prepare for our move to New Zealand we are continuing to look for more people to join us as monthly supporters. We have been so encouraged by the incredible ways the Lord has been faithful to provide for and sustain us in our previous years of ministry.

We would love for you to be a part of the amazing work that the Lord is doing in New Zealand! If you are interested, please click the “Support Us” link below.

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If you would like to find out more about our ministry work, or have any questions, please visit our new website at www.noahandwendy.com.
Keeping our eyes on Him,
Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider

2017 Plans
October – November: In California for Support Raising

Prayer Requests & Praises

– Please pray that we are able to raise the finances for the monthly support we need to begin our ministry in New Zealand.

– Pray for continued peace in the midst of transition from Germany to New Zealand.

– Pray for wisdom and strength as we continue to learn how to parent Moira.

– Pray that God continues to draw people to experience His grace and forgiveness in NZ and around the world.

– Thanks to God for our visas being approved for all three of us for the next two years!

– Praise God for spending time in California with family, friends, and ministry partners!

– Thank God for his provision for our Launch Fund!

– Praise God that Noah was able to go to Germany for Steiger meetings and for organizing our household shipment to New Zealand.

– Praise God that His plans are greater than ours!

The Holding Pattern

The Holding Pattern

Being in a “Holding Pattern” is one way to describe our current season. While we have covered an incredible amount of distance during our 6 months of preparation for New Zealand, we are still waiting for one final step to take place before we can safely begin our “landing”. Here is an account of the journey so far:

Significant steps have been made! Now, we only need to finish raising our monthly financial support goal before we leave. To help us reach this goal, please find out how to partner with us in ministry by clicking HERE.

We are so, so grateful for everyone who is a part of our ministry team! We are blown away by the support and encouragement of those who have come around us as a sending community. More that ever before we are aware of the value of being part of a team. God did not design us to work or minister alone. We look forward to sharing with all of you what God is doing and going to do in New Zealand as we go on this journey together!

Little Ms. Moira

Little Ms. Moira

Moira grows and grows before our very eyes. She constantly astounds us with her new words and the way she sees the world. Right now she is totally obsessed with the story of Lazarus and wants us to read that part of her children’s Bible every night. She continues to love dancing and having tea parties. She often talks about people we have spent time with over the course of the year, especially her cousins.