New Zealand
Religion
Christian
53.2%
Evangelical Christian
18.2%
Non Religious
33.0%

Population: 4,401,916
(July 2014 estimate)

Capital: Wellington

Language
English, Maori

The unparalleled beauty of New Zealand's snowcapped mountains and majestic lowland plains attracts tourists year-round as does the vibrant intersection of British and Maori cultures. A world-renowned destination for the nature enthusiast and cultural connoisseur alike, New Zealand is truly a traveler's gem. Though tourism is a thriving industry in New Zealand, there is much more to this nation's story than trendy hotels and epic wilderness adventures.

The Polynesian Maori were New Zealand's first inhabitants and settled as early as 800 A.D. Hunting and fishing people, the Maori sustained themselves with the rich natural resources the island provided. These resources lured European explorers to the islands in the late 18th century. In 1840, a treaty was signed between the United Kingdom and Maori chiefs, which granted Britain sovereignty over the island. Twenty years later, the UK established its first colony. Tension between the Maori and British settlers over land rights erupted in conflict and the eventual defeat of the Maori. By the 1890's, a constitutional government emerged, and in 1947 New Zealand became autonomous. Regarded as one the least corrupt nations in the world, New Zealand stands at the forefront of Pacific affairs and has embarked on numerous international peacekeeping missions.

Since the 1960's, New Zealand has seen dynamic growth among charismatic groups and many dynamic churches have emerged. But non-belief is increasingly prevalent. In 1951 only 1% identified themselves as non-religious, but by 2010 that number grew to 33%! It is estimated that by 2020, Christianity will cease to be the majority religion and will be replaced by non-religious thought. A post-Christian nation, New Zealand faces growing secularism, which has infiltrated education and political policies. Prostitution, which was legalized in 2003, exemplifies the rapid moral decline facing this nation. The Church is in great need of unity amidst growing indifference. Pray that Truth would infiltrate a society increasingly lost in darkness.

(Used with permission from www.prayercast.com/new-zealand.html.)

In a country which the statistics show is rapidly losing any conscious thought of Jesus Christ and the gospel of God, there is a great imperative for more workers to raise their voices in proclamation of the message of salvation and of the importance of a relationship with God. Praise the LORD for those men and women who have already answered the call to serve the LORD on the two islands of New Zealand, but there is a need for many more. For more information, please contact BIMI's Southeast Asia Director.

Missionaries in New Zealand:

Devin S & Amy S Frost
Robert & Diana Rutta

Southeast Asia Director
Steven and Christy Maldoff

Read more about the Maldoffs.

Phone:
through BIMI
(423) 344 5050

Email
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Assistant Southeast Asia Director
Alan & Donna Brooks

Read more about the Brooks.

Email
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He can be contacted through the BIMI office
(423) 344-5050.


Southeast Asia International Representative
Dr. Robert & Shelba Meyer

Read more about the Meyers.

E-Mail
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He can be contacted through the BIMI office
(423) 344-5050.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014