Moving Ever Forward: July 2019 Update

Moving Ever Forward: July 2019 Update

“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.