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

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