Greetings from Behind the Curtain
Most of the Celebrate Messiah NZ staff are on the front lines, reaching out to Israeli backpackers with the gospel, equipping local Christians to do the same, and helping New Zealand churches better understand the Jewish roots of our faith. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you would show interest in my behind-the-scenes support role. (If you change your mind, you can update your email preferences at the bottom of this or any future emails from me.)
Scott Brown formed CMNZ about ten years ago, and for quite a while he handled most of the administrative tasks himself. As God brought more missionaries to work with us, he realised the need to share those responsibilities so he could focus on evangelism, discipleship, teaching, and directing our growing ministry. About four years ago Scott spoke at my church in the States and asked me to consider coming to New Zealand to take up the role of Church Ministries Coordinator. If you’re interested in hearing how I ended up moving to the ends of the earth to work with CMNZ, I share my story in the following video.
This 15-minute video was recorded at one of our Simcha 2017 conferences. To adjust the quality or size of the player, click or tap the play button, then use the buttons in the bottom right corner of the player.
I didn’t really know what I would be doing when I arrived in New Zealand in August 2015. I did know that CMNZ missionaries are committed to helping Christians better understand the Scriptures and to helping the lost sheep of Israel know their God, two things I really cared about. I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure this team of dedicated men and women could be as focused and effective as possible in using their God-given gifts.
A few people have asked me what I do for the ministry, so I’m going to try to give you an idea of what goes on “behind the curtain.” I’ve worn many hats in the last three years since arriving in New Zealand. I’ve had the privilege of transforming Albert Town Lodge in Wanaka into The Zula Lodge & Backpackers, one of our facilities for providing free accommodation to travelling Israelis. Because I was involved in setting up our systems there, I’ve been able to support our new managers as they prepare for the upcoming Israeli season.
As Church Ministries Coordinator I communicate with churches to facilitate opportunities for our missionaries to speak about the Scriptures from a Messianic Jewish perspective, and I make the arrangements associated with the travel involved for those meetings.
We at CMNZ are privileged to speak in many churches, Bible schools, mission agencies, conferences and other Christian gatherings on topics related to Israel in prophecy, Jewish evangelism, and the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith. Would your church or group benefit from inviting one of our missionaries to share from the Scriptures or to give an update on how God is reaching out to the Jewish people here in New Zealand? If so, please let me know.
I also manage, and in many cases, have created our organisational infrastructure. For example, I have transformed the Celebrate Messiah NZ website and other methods of communicating with New Zealand and international constituents. Each year I organise our Simcha conferences and handle the video production of the messages. I have created and/or refined our internal operating systems to ensure we keep accurate records for those who wish to partner with us financially, to meet government obligations, and to provide our team reports that help them better serve people like you. Under the leadership of the director and the board, I am continually putting into practice policies that keep us accountable and help us use our time well. I help ensure we keep our staff and our store stocked with hard-to-find books, music, and other resources that help local believers expand our understanding of the Lord’s ways and His Word. Since our staff all live in different parts of New Zealand, I also do my best to keep us connected using technology. Basically, I try to do whatever is needed to support our staff.
Every day I thank God that I get to do this!
Is there some way I can serve you? Do you have a question about Celebrate Messiah New Zealand? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!