Transmission

Through the Transmission programme, we recognise everyone is equipped with skill sets, experience and talents which can be used to effectively serve in the developing world.  We connect you with a prior need identified by our partner ministries.

Interested?  Please contact the INNZ office to further discuss opportunities.

 Uganda

"I can still remember flying into Entebbe looking around at the green fields and tropical bush of Uganda contrasted with the dark orange dirt which spills it’s colour into the brick buildings and streets.  It is a beautiful country, arable, lush . . . and poor. This contrast was one of the greatest contradictions that struck me in Uganda.  The land is aching to grow, there are two growing seasons in the year and yet there are people who struggle to eat.  Why do people starve in such a fertile land?

The answer to this, in my mind, is both simple and incredibly complex.  The complex answer includes elements of corruption in local and national government, break down in family structures, lack of education, malaria, a lack of clean water sources, polygamy and AIDs.  The simple answer is that man’s heart is corrupt, man’s nature is sinful.  The surprising truth that I found in Uganda is that despite all the challenges of living in such a country most children who came from a traditional family (one wife, one husband) were fed, clothed, educated and cared for medically.  The vast majority of sponsored children came from polygamist, AIDs effected or broken families.

This in no way discounts the fact that sponsorship and aid is vitally important for those in need.  It is our Christian and moral duty to care for the poor, the widows and the orphans.  This knowledge does however help to make us aware that it is vitally important to improve the moral ground work of individuals and a nation if we want to stop the cycle of poverty rather than just being content to help the poor.  Yes, education is important, yes, feeding the poor is important, yes, vocational training is important.  But what if the well fed, well educated, productive man has three wives and only supports one of them, or has one wife and does not support even her, or is unmarried and abandons his pregnant mistress or contracts AIDS from immoral living.  This man still propagates the cycle of poverty.  It is not enough to make Uganda more productive, it must be made more good.

This realization is one of the key reasons that I support the work of International Needs (IN) over other aid organizations.  IN’s aim is not just to feed the poor, it is not just to make a person or community self-sufficient, but it is to change a person’s heart.  I know of no better way of doing this than through the redemptive power of a relationship with Jesus.  Uniquely, the clear mandate of IN is to spread the love and word of God as shown through His son Jesus Christ as a primary focus along with providing functional support to the poor.  In my mind this unique focus is International Needs greatest strength in combating poverty and helping to change the world."  

 

 

Philippines

"My wife and I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines in 2008 for three months to work with IN Philippines - and it is undoubtedly, a major highlight of our lives.

It is one thing to see it on television, yet totally different to experience it first-hand.  The poverty, segregation of rich from poor, was everywhere we went and nothing like what we could have imagined - it was always in our face. The experience was a real eye-opener, it really gave us a reality check and challenged our viewpoint of life; how we could live it, what we were really living for.  It was such an encouragement to see that beyond the poverty, God can still shine through those who are faithful.  Being amongst these people who have painfully sacrificed all and seen God's faithfulness to them, was something we had previously only read about in books but never quite experienced first-hand.

We have experienced so much from this short time there and feel very privileged to have had the chance to go to such a place.  Our hosts (IN Philippines) became like family to us - we were blown away by the staff members and others we met who give up all to follow God's calling and serve, love and disciple others.  Their heart for God's calling, their passion, dedication and obedience is inspiring.  Their sincere joy despite their obvious lack of material things really challenged us of the various 'gods' in our lives and what we put our faith in.

We were blessed to be able to use our gifts and skills* to help people - a small way of sharing Christ.  It was a humbling experience to be involved in an organisation where Christ is so clearly the focus and reason for the work, where He is unashamedly talked about and encouraged.  It has raised the bar for us to live similarly here in New Zealand, not to succumb to the 'polically correct' expectation of society.

We are very grateful for this experience and continue to look forward with what God has in store!"

Zhuming and Alice Lam

*Note: Zhuming, an IT specialist, worked on setting up a database for IN Philippines; and Alice, a NZ qualified doctor, did a baseline medical checkup of all IN sponsored children.