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Countdown To Steiger Wellington

Countdown To Steiger Wellington

Over the past few weeks we’ve received a lot of questions about our starting Steiger Wellington: Why Wellington? When do you move? What do you still need? Check out this video for the answers and how you can get involved in this exciting new chapter in our ministry adventure!

 

End Of 2018 UPDATE

End Of 2018 UPDATE

Aotearoa, or Long White Cloud, is the Māori name used for New Zealand. This name describes what the original voyagers saw as they approached the country’s North Island. For the three of us, while initially unexpected, our journey to New Zealand has also been one of discovery, adventure, and transformation. In December we celebrated our family’s one year anniversary of living and serving God in this wonderful country. We have been so blessed by God’s power, faithfulness, and love during this incredible season!

Please read on as we share some ministry highlights, what Moira has been up to, and how you can partner with our work here in Aotearoa!


Local Ministry Highlight: Open Mic Night Events
The Outdoor Open Mic Nights held at The Strand in Tauranga draw a huge crowd!

Tauranga is filled with creative people! One of the ways that we interact with this community is to host Open Mic Nights. Noah has been leading this ministry for almost a year. During these events our team gives people the opportunity to share a song, a spoken word poem, a story, or even a joke. In addition to providing a platform for young people to show their talent, these events also give us the opportunity to develop relationships and share about God’s love for them!

We currently have two types of Open Mic Nights. Once a month during the NZ Spring/Summer (October – April) we bring the event outdoors and build a stage along the waterfront downtown. These Open Mics easily attract 100+ people and have become part of the rhythm of the city. The city of Tauranga even helps us get the word out by promoting these events online! Every month we are able to connect with many local and international young people and invite them to attend our other regular events, such as our weekly Community Potlucks.

Our indoor Open Mic Nights at The Barrel Room create a more intimate setting.

Twice a month we also put on Open Mics at a local downtown bar/restaurant, The Barrel Room. While smaller in size, these events allow us to connect with the local Open Mic Night scene and continue to provide opportunities for local and international young people to have a voice. Recently we had a young backpacker come in to see the Open Mic since she had heard the music from outside. Once inside we invited her to sit down, enjoy some food, and listen to the songs people were performing. After some time together, she shared that she needed a place to stay. We immediately invited her to stay with us upstairs at The Wharf Community House! She said “Yes,” and we were able to host her for a few days, share the Gospel with her, and bless her as she continued on her journey through New Zealand! Many of us have kept in contact with her over Social Media, and we are hoping to see her again in the future. This is just one story of the many people who have been significantly impacted with our Open Mic Night Events!


Steiger International Gathering 2018
The Steiger Gathering was attended by missionaries and ministry partners from over 15 countries from around the world!

As you may know, we had the blessed opportunity to visit Europe and attend the Steiger International Gathering at the International Center in Krögis, Germany in October/November! During our time at The Gathering we attended incredible workshops about many amazing topics, such as working through conflict in a cross-cultural context, healthy boundaries in ministry, and managing tension. These proved to be valuable resources for as we continue in our new season of international ministry in New Zealand.

We also had the time and ability to have fellowship with some close friends and fellow ministers from Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and England. It was so wonderful to reconnect, share about God’s faithfulness in each of our works around the world, and encourage each other in what lies ahead in 2019. The value of this time was definitely heightened by the fact that we now live on the opposite side of the world!

We enjoyed an impromptu SMS 2016 reunion!

A part of our time in Europe that was especially important was the ability to connect with some old classmate friends that work at All Nations Bible College in England where Noah studied for his Masters Degree in Leadership with Mission. With many students looking to move directly into missions after graduation, it was wonderful to share about the opportunities currently available with Steiger around the world!


Moira Makes Friends Everywhere She Goes!
Moira with one of the wonderful volunteers at the Steiger Gathering in Krögis, Germany

Not a day goes by where we are not surprised and blessed by Moira! She is the truest example of courage, compassion, curiosity, and boundless energy. During our time in Europe we were so amazed and encouraged by her love for others, her desire to learn from everyone around her, and her ability to live in an incredible variety of environments and cultures. She is turning out to be very international!

As we have reached the midpoint of Moira being 4 years old (Christmas is her half birthday), we are enjoying her last months in pre-school here in Tauranga. When she turns 5 she will move forward to Primary School. While she loves her teachers and friends at the “Kindy”, Moira is actively looking forward to what is next. She has a seeming unending passion for life and the hope for what is tomorrow … especially if it is a play-date with a friend or a sleep-over!

  

Moira at her natural pace of life and at the rare state of stillness. We love her passion!


We hope that this update has found you well. God was incredibly faithful in 2018! We look forward to the work the Lord has for us as we pray about 2019 and what this year has to offer. God never rests!

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 EventsJan 8, 22: Open Mic Night – Barrel Room
Jan 12: Outdoor Open Mic Night
Jan 25-38: Festival One & One Love Outreaches
Feb 2: Outdoor Open Mic Night
Feb 16-Mar 3: Tree of Choice Outreach
Prayer Requests & Praises– Please pray for the Lord to move powerfully in our upcoming local ministry events, especially the variety of upcoming Open Mic Night Events!
– Praise God for Moira! Pray that God would continue to reveal Himself to her as she explores and discovers the world around her.- Praise the Lord for the fruit we have seen in each of our ministry activities!

– Please pray for the remaining amount of our monthly financial support we have yet to raise for our “Stay Budget.”


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House To Home: February – March Update

House To Home: February – March Update

What a difference a couple months can make! Since arriving in Tauranga, NZ in December we have seen the Lord move in our life in such amazing ways. In addition to finding a wonderful car that perfectly suits our family’s needs, we also found a new house! It is incredible the ways that the Lord has answered our prayers, even some of the more hopeful and unique requests. Some of the special “gifts” that have come with this home are a large beautiful yard for Moira to play in, extra space to host friends and backpackers, and a landlord that understands and supports our vision for ministry. God is so good!

While a good amount of our time has been spent settling into our home, the Lord has also presented us with many opportunities for ministry. In January Wendy was asked by a young woman volunteering at our backpacker ministry, The Wharf, to be baptized. The baptism took place in the Pacific Ocean and was a beautiful moment of public declaration of her love for God! In early February we were invited to teach at a discipleship school in Wellington called “Welcome Home.” This school is led by some dear friends of ours and was filled with wonderful students hungry to explore the deeper reality of following God.

     

Towards the end of the month Noah had the opportunity to both preach at a local church on “Being Called” and to help lead one of our monthly Open Mic Nights. (If you would like to watch the sermon, click HERE.) This event took place outdoors in a busy spot in Tauranga’s City Center and was attended by more than 130 locals and international backpackers. The goal of the Open Mic Night is to not only give people the opportunity to share their talent, but to also connect with them personally and share the love of Jesus. It was a wonderful evening! To see more photos and videos of the event, visit The Wharf’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.

  

Moira’s New Adventure!

Moira has started Preschool! One of our prayer requests when we knew we would be moving to New Zealand was for God to lead us to the right Kindy (New Zealand name for Preschool) for Moira. We have been so blessed to find a Preschool that we not only like, but one that is only a 10 minute walk from our home!

Since day one, Moira has loved her experience in Kindy. She has already made some great friends, is developing her social skills, and is discovering new things about the New Zealand culture. Here she gets to learn how to use new tools, practice her Maori (the native language), and go on little adventures in the area. A few days ago she told us that she was able to play with a shark! A little surprised and confused, we asked her teachers the next day what Moira may have been talking about. Sure enough, they had not only brought a recently deceased small shark to class, but also dissected it so the kids could learn how bodies work. Wow! We don’t remember doing that in our Preschools!

  

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!

Much love,
Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider

Upcoming Events– March 16-17: Steiger NZ Training Weekend

– March 31: Easter Outreach

– April 28: Open Mic Night

Prayer Requests & Praises– Please pray for the Lord to move powerfully in our upcoming local events.

– Praise the Lord for providing us with a reliable car & a wonderful home so soon after our arrival in NZ!

– 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.

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Here We Go … Are You Coming?

Here We Go … Are You Coming?

Your read right! After 9 months of prayer, preparation, and meeting with present and future Ministry Partners we are now on our way to New Zealand.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/bdd464dcbba3ee317ef1f0eca/images/7ec91f53-b18d-45f1-b8e7-7a94d0894460.jpgOn Thursday, December 7th, we will pack our bags and fly out to our new home in Tauranga. For those who don’t know, the city of Tauranga is located in the Bay of Plenty on the North Island. Here we will continue our ministry work with Steiger International.

Are You Coming?

We know that we are not meant to serve alone as missionaries in New Zealand. Community is an incredibly important part of our vision for ministry! As we’ve prepared for our move, we have taken steps to develop and grow our circle of Ministry Partners. These are the people committed to praying for us, encouraging us, and supporting us with their finances as we serve the Lord wherever He calls us to go. This community is an intimate part of everything we do!

So far, during our season in the States, we have been able to raise our “Launch Fund” and our “Go Budget.” These have enabled us to take the big first steps of moving to Tauranga and beginning our full-time ministry work. Our next step will be to raise our “Stay Budget.” Just like it says, this budget will allow us to continue our work in New Zealand long-term.

We would love for you to join us as a Ministry Partner! To “come with us,” please click HERE.

Thank you for all of your love and support during this season of preparation!
~ Noah, Wendy, and Moira Schneider

The Schneider’s Newsletter Update: A New Season!

The Schneider’s Newsletter Update: A New Season!

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After an incredible ten weeks together, we have just said “goodbye” to the students and volunteers from the 2015 Steiger Missions School! The summer was packed with people and a full schedule. We look forward to the next few months with new volunteers and missionaries joining us at the Steiger International Center, people coming to visit, and stepping back into some serious language learning!

The 2015 Steiger Missions School Wraps Up!

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Orientation, team building, and school set-up with our 20 volunteers started two weeks before the school. Noah helped lead daily devotionals, prayer times, and work projects while Wendy organized and led the team building activities. We invested a lot in our volunteers, as many of them are former students from a previous SMS. There were times to worship and seek God so they could reflect on what God is doing and be re-charged for the heavy workload. We couldn’t have the school without our volunteers who help with the children’s program, kitchen prep and cooking, translation into Russian and Portuguese, technical support, leading teams to share Jesus in Dresden and Poland, transportation, and leading worship.

SMS15 began with a bang! Revolutionary Week, where people learned about Steiger as a missions organization, was full with 50 extra people coming to get a taste of what we’re all about. Former SMS students and interns in Krögis, Taavi and Maria Kausalainen from Finland, brought a bus full of people from Finland. They interned with us January-May 2014, and we were thrilled to see them!

The school continued with 60 students from Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Lebanon, Brazil, USA, and New Zealand. This is one of the biggest schools Steiger has ever had! With a small staff and a great group of volunteers we worked hard to make the 10 weeks successful in training and developing new people to partner with us in mission. Students gathered for worship, prayer, and teachings daily. Every week they had practical training in either Dresden or Poland. Practical training in Dresden meant talking to people and sharing Jesus with them in parks, our art and music café, and at a city-wide music festival. In Poland students traveled to two different festivals to be “salt and light.” (Matthew 5:13-16) During the first trip, at the SLOT Art Festival in Lubiąż, Poland, we set up Sfera, our new dome tent housing a café, stage, and space to hang out. Students took turns helping in the café, playing music, talking to visitors, and praying with people. The second festival, Polish Woodstock, the largest open-air festival in Europe, is a gathering of 650,000 people to listen to bands and party. Our team of students met up with a local Polish team to talk and pray with people.

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Many of our students want to participate in internships and by volunteering over the course of this next year. Several students began their internship the week after the school ended. Janine from Brazil flew to New Zealand to live in at The Wharf, an evangelistic community house hosting backpackers and international travelers. Chris from New Zealand is staying in Germany with us to help organize tours for No Longer Music. And Corey, from the States, is working in Nashville to make our association of evangelistic artists function more effectively.

SMS15 Student Interviews

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Iuri (Portugal)

How did SMS15 better equip you for your calling and ministry?

“SMS15 was the way God used to show me that it is possible to really live the way that Jesus always wanted us all to live.
Since I was still a boy I wanted to live like that but I didn’t had the right examples showing me how to actually do it in the days we live today. SMS showed me the right people and taught me how to use the right tools to go after the people that are still lost.
The God seeking day is one of the best things about the school and became an essential practice in my life. I’m thankful for all the people that made SMS15 happen and for the opportunity given to be part of it.”

 

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Daphne (New Zealand)

Personally, what were the best parts and the most challenging part of attending SMS15? How will you be working with Steiger now that you have finished the school?

“The best parts were definitely applying aspects of what we had been taught in lectures to outreach as well as doing outreach in general. Another highlight was building relationships with the students in the school that I know will be life-long. The way in which I will be working with Steiger is by serving with the New Zealand team in whichever capacity they would like me to. I would like to help with the NLM Tour but I am prepared to serve wherever needed.”

 

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Daniel (Finland)

How did the classes at SMS15 better equip you for your calling and ministry?

“After working for few years with Missions school that trains missionaries for world missions in general, it was refreshing to hear teaching with a focus on a specific people group (securalized youth culture). Through different lecturers I received a heart towards the youth of today and also practical ways and ideas to be the answer to them. With this the ‘Great Comission’ became more tangible for me and now I can say more confidently that ‘yes, we can do it with Him who strengthen us!'”

 

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Marina (Ukraine)

What did you learn from the practical training in Dresden and Poland? Did you have any a significant experience talking and praying with someone in Dresden or Poland? How will you put what you have learned into practice now that the school is finished?

“I think the first thing is that I don’t need to take people’s decision beforehand whom to bring the gospel whom not. And another thing that I need to take it easy, don’t make it complicated in my thoughts than I should say this or that, people are different and to everyone I need to find an unique way of bringing gospel. People need us!

I think I don’t have such a significant experience, but I had a really very good conversation with a guy Adam at Woodstock, I offered him to pray for him after conversation and it was kind of “big step” for me because I used to not do this ask people on the street to pray for them, and I was struggling with that before Woodstock. I became more bold

As a before I will talk with people and now I will ask them to pray and became a good friend for them and be that person whom they can trust and lead them to Christ!”

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In September and October we are welcoming six new volunteers and missionaries to Krögis: Micha from Germany, Irena from Croatia, Chris from New Zealand, and Paige, Ge, and Luke from the States. This is an exciting time as several areas where we needed development; people are now stepping in and filling those roles with experience and high energy. With new people come some changes with community life as we welcome them in and learn how to live together well. Praying, sharing meals, and doing fun activities help us to get to know each other aside from the work.

Language is vital to living and ministering in a country! This fall and next year we need to take intensive class to further our language skills. Studying German was put on hold when Moira was born, but now it’s time to jump back in with both feet. Our classes will be in Dresden with other foreigners, some of who are refugees and asylum seekers. It’s going to be tough, but we’re excited to learn more so we can be better communicators.  Please pray for us since we need several pieces to fall into place to make this a reality: finances for the classes and transportation, childcare for Moira, time for study and practice, and brainpower!

Our Family

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Moira celebrated her first birthday this summer! Or, rather, we celebrated while she didn’t notice the extra attention. Mary, Noah’s mom, was able to come to Germany to share the special day with us. It was such a blessing to have her here giving hugs and lots of love to Moira!

Moira is growing more every day. She is incredibly social which is very handy living in community. She likes to look at books and play with old tea boxes, blocks, and her stuffed monkey. As parents, we are continually learning how to lean on God for strength and wisdom. It’s a special time of growth for us as well.

Want To Get Involved?

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Thank you for praying for us and supporting us in Germany! We are always amazed how God is providing for us through the Body of Christ. This month we had some long-time friends and supporters visit us from Hope Center in California. Fran and Gary Karlsrud spent a few days with us visiting the Steiger International Center, joining in on a few projects, and seeing some local sights. They were incredibly encouraging to us and our team!

We are so thankful for the many ways that God is providing for us with people praying, supporting us financially, and connecting with us through emails, letters, and messages on Facebook. We are currently at 50% of our budget so we still need more financial support. Please pray that God will place it on people’s heart to partner with us in missions by supporting us financially.

Prayer and Praise

  • Pray for our volunteers, missionaries, and leadership as we enter into this season of focusing on our vision and getting work done.
  • Pray that the SMS15 students will continue to develop as missions-minded people in their internships and ministries.
  • Pray that we would have wisdom and strength as we prepare for SMS16.
  • Pray that those who responded to the gospel message this summer would be discipled by the local churches and follow-up teams and through bible-correspondence courses.
  • Pray that God would continue help us to learn German as we study and practice.
  • Praise God that we have such a great team here this fall!
  • Thank God for the thousands of people who heard about Jesus and the hundreds that responded that want to know Him personally!
  • Praise God for his faithfulness!

Calendar

  • September: Welcome missionaries and volunteers to the Steiger International Center
  • October: Steiger Seminar in Finland (October 2-4), Steiger International Gathering for Europe and Middle East (October 21-23), Noah speaks at a youth event near Frankfurt (October 31)
  • November/December: We begin German language classes in Dresden!

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 Steiger Missions School Wraps Up!

The 2015 Steiger Missions School Wraps Up!

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Orientation, team building, and school set-up with our 20 volunteers started two weeks before the school. Noah helped lead daily devotionals, prayer times, and work projects while Wendy organized and led the team building activities. We invested a lot in our volunteers, as many of them are former students from a previous SMS. There were times to worship and seek God so they could reflect on what God is doing and be re-charged for the heavy workload. We couldn’t have the school without our volunteers who help with the children’s program, kitchen prep and cooking, translation into Russian and Portuguese, technical support, leading teams to share Jesus in Dresden and Poland, transportation, and leading worship.

SMS15 began with a bang! Revolutionary Week, where people learned about Steiger as a missions organization, was full with 50 extra people coming to get a taste of what we’re all about. Former SMS students and interns in Krögis, Taavi and Maria Kausalainen from Finland, brought a bus full of people from Finland. They interned with us January-May 2014, and we were thrilled to see them!

The school continued with 60 students from Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Lebanon, Brazil, USA, and New Zealand. This is one of the biggest schools Steiger has ever had! With a small staff and a great group of volunteers we worked hard to make the 10 weeks successful in training and developing new people to partner with us in mission. Students gathered for worship, prayer, and teachings daily. Every week they had practical training in either Dresden or Poland. Practical training in Dresden meant talking to people and sharing Jesus with them in parks, our art and music café, and at a city-wide music festival. In Poland students traveled to two different festivals to be “salt and light.” (Matthew 5:13-16) During the first trip, at the SLOT Art Festival in Lubiąż, Poland, we set up Sfera, our new dome tent housing a café, stage, and space to hang out. Students took turns helping in the café, playing music, talking to visitors, and praying with people. The second festival, Polish Woodstock, the largest open-air festival in Europe, is a gathering of 650,000 people to listen to bands and party. Our team of students met up with a local Polish team to talk and pray with people.

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Many of our students want to participate in internships and by volunteering over the course of this next year. Several students began their internship the week after the school ended. Janine from Brazil flew to New Zealand to live in at The Wharf, an evangelistic community house hosting backpackers and international travelers. Chris from New Zealand is staying in Germany with us to help organize tours for No Longer Music. And Corey, from the States, is working in Nashville to make our association of evangelistic artists function more effectively.