Key NZ Partnerships

There are many opportunities that you can partner with these ministries – Interested? Check out how you can be involved under the Get involved menu tab at top of page! International Needs NZ through the International Needs Network is connected to 40 countries globally. More information on the countries not listed above is available on the Interntational Needs Network website.

India

First established in 1974, the first year of I.N. Network,the ministry in India today is called ACTS Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Ken Gnanakan and Dr. RickyGnanakan. From humble beginnings, ACTS Ministries today is serving in many states across India.

The following projects are supported by the IN Networkin India:

Country Summary

India is the world’s largest functioning democracy and a secular state. In 2020, India will become the most populous country in the world.

Despite its economic progress, India still has over 600 million people living in abject poverty.

Within India the rising power of intolerant Hindu factions has caused the passing of anti-conversion legislation and legal restrictions on Christian activities. In some state the legislation condones arising wave of violence and even murder of Christian workers. Many are concerned at the practical erosion of guaranteed religious freedoms; however, at this time there is still freedom to spread the gospel in India.

Bangladesh

McDonald Adhikary, son of the late Reverend Smith Adhikary who directed the work of IN Bangladesh for 31 years since 1974, is the executive director. Thousands of lives have been touched by the love of Jesus through this ministry. Some of the most notable outreaches that McDonald oversees are:

Topographical Challenges

Bangladesh is primarily a riverine country in the tropical zone having highly fertile delta soil. The economy is mainly based on agriculture.

Population Challenges

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with 768 persons per square kilometre.

Natural Challenges

Natural calamities like floods, locally originated tornadoes, earthquakes and cyclones are regular features affecting the population and habitats in the rural areas, with enormous loss of life. There seems little hope that the poverty will be substantially alleviated.

Religious Challenges

In 1988 the government declared Islam to be the state religion. Officially there is religious freedom, but this is being steadily eroded by Islamic pressure anda legal system that gives no safeguards to ethnic or religious minorities. The Islamic extremists are a strong and growing minority.

Vietnam

There are currently no information on this country.

Nepal

Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Nicanor Tamang and his wife Elizabeth, IN Network Nepal began in 1974 with the emphasis on Church Planting. 

In 1988 the ministry was expanded to the Nepali speaking people in North India (estimated 8 million) with Dehradun as a centre. Suman Sharma administers the Kathmandu base. 

IN Network Nepal provides children with funds for school tuition where they live, and the national staff have an opportunity to share the gospel with the children and their families

The following projects are supported by the IN Network in Nepal:

Country Summary

Today Nepal is going through a political transition period, with the parliament declaring Nepal a secular state and no longer the only Hindu Kingdom.

Since the revolution in 1991, there has been freedom to profess and practice religion but not to proselytize. A complex caste system exists despite its illegality since 1963. In 1952 there were no evangelicals in the country. Today there are over 300,000 baptised believers and a Christian community estimated at 750,000. Nepal has one of the fastest growing churches on earth.

Egypt

During the 1970s, President Sadat’s diplomacy ended the dominance of Egypt by the USSR and won back control of the Suez Canal and Sinai oil-fields from Israel. 

Islam is the state religion, and Cairo is the intellectual capital of Islam. Archaic discriminatory laws and the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism has resulted in the authorities turning a blind eye to a culture of police brutality and to Islamist violence and terror against Christians. 

International pressure since 1998 has provoked governmental efforts to rebuild its image. Islamic fundamentalism continues to grow in Egypt with every economic setback.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has suffered famine, wars and 17 years of Stalinist Marxism that together combined to ruin its already weak economy. 

Since the overthrow of the Mengistu government in 1991, poor communications, lack of political unity, and severe droughts have inhibited the recovery. 

Unemployment is still over 35%. The Marxist regime persecuted the Church – especially evangelicals, and during that time many Church leaders were imprisoned. 
Since 1991 there has been unprecedented freedom for worship and witness. 

Ghana

Under the leadership of Rev. Walter Pimpong, I.N. Network Ghana began in 1984, and in 1991 commenced a project to emancipate Fetish Slaves.

In the past few years  I.N. Network Ghana has been a catalyst for many villages, modernizing the Fetish Slave practice and emancipating so far over 3,500 women. This ministry has been featured by the New York Times (front page 17 January 1997), the BBC (November 1996) and CNN (March 1997) and other local publications. 

In 2006 the project of Commercial Exploitation of Children in Fishing was judged 2nd in the Annual Africa Initiative Awards organised from Paris by the People T.V. 

The following projects are supported by I.N. Network in Ghana:

Country Summary

After several years of Military rule, Ghana had a democratically elected government in 1992. In 2002, Ghanaians witnessed the first-ever transition from one democratically elected government to another. The major problems facing the country are the rising levels of unemployment, high incidence of poverty (42% as at 2000) and high external debts. In 2001, the new government, faced with these problems, applied for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative of the World Bank.

Ghana is a secular state with religious and other freedoms being entrenched in the 1992 Constitution. There are however, increasing tensions between Christians, Muslims and Traditionalist.

In the Volta Region of Ghana women and girls are enslaved by occult practice and are commonly referred to as Trokosi (Fetish Slaves). 

Turkey

Turkey remains the largest unreached nation in the world. For over 1,000 years it had been a bastion of Christianity, but it became a strong force spreading the cause of Islam. Christian believers have declined from 22% to only .32% between 1900 and 2000, with most of the Christians being non-Turkish. Few of the over 66 Muslims have ever heard the gospel. 

Today, the small Church in Turkey is ready to release a limited number of its members to become involved in a full-time ministry. It is anticipated that this will result in a much-needed faster growth of the Church.

Philippines

International Needs Philippines began in 1977 as the vision of Paul & Josuena Mortiz with the em-phasis on church planting. Thousands have been reached through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The programs like INEED, seminars for pastors, and church growth seminars are equipping the ministry leaders throughout the country.

The main thrust of International Needs Philippines is Evangelism and Church Planting. We are spon-soring Camps (Youth and Children), Leadership Training Seminars, Mission camps, mission expo-sures, and Pastors and Lay Leader Seminars. We have 300 lay leaders being trained through the International Needs Theological Educational Exten-sion Program (TEE).

The following projects are supported by the International Needs in the Philippines:

Country Summary

A Spanish colony from 1565 to 1898, the Philippines was ruled by the USA from 1898 until independence in1946. After President Marcos declared martial law in1971, political manipulation, mismanagement and abuse of civil liberties prevailed until democracy was restored in 1986. Alleviating the widespread poverty is a major challenge. The country enjoys freedom ofreligion and is Asia’s only country with a Catholic majority.

Uganda

IN Network Uganda first began in 1994 and now, under the directorship of Reverend Justus Miwanda, the ministry operates through the following avenues:

A Health Centre in Kiyindi, with a full-time staff of 12 people, including community health visitors, mid-wives, nursing aides and laboratory assistants.

Primary School in Kiyindi with 18 staff and helpers. The school has an enrollment of some 460 students, of which about 300 are sponsored.

A Primary School at Buikwe with 18 staff and helpers, and an enrollment of 780 students, of which about 600 are sponsored. The sponsored children fall under the direction of the Child Development Manager, who is assisted by six child development officers. 

Trinity Bible School seeks  to train 10-15 church planters and pastors in a one year basic Bible course and church administration.

Ten to twelve church planters seek to plant and build up churches in outlying areas within that part of Uganda.

There is also a  ministry center at Buikwe from which a regular church operates under the senior pastor.

Evangelism is the core reason for all of the above and IN Network Uganda seeks to win, train, and disciple men and women, boys and girls to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Both Buikwe and Kiyindi are in strongly Muslim and traditional religious areas of Uganda. An office has been opened in the nearby town of Lugazi, which will become the centre of operations and expansion for the future

Country Summary

The colonial boundaries created  by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962.

The dictatorial regime of Idi Amin (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton Obote (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri Museveni since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

Under Amin there were restrictions and intense persecution of Christians. For a time the Muslim minority was favoured. There is now freedom of religion