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Introducing Dawn

Hello!  My name is Dawn Daunauda.  What a delight and privilege it is for me to be a short-term associate of NZCMS during 2018! I have two sons; the oldest, Josiah, is an engineer working in Melbourne, and the youngest, Michael, served with NZCMS in 2011 as an intern at Nairobi Chapel, Kenya.  After completing his B. Theol at Laidlaw, he now works in Christchurch.

I will be teaching diploma level English at Talua Theological Institute, a cross-denominational college, on the Island of Espiritu Santo, the largest of eighty-three islands in the Republic of Vanuatu. During school holiday breaks I will research mission and ministry opportunities. 

Why Vanuatu?  Well, for the past nine years I have ministered in the Awatere Joint Venture Parish (Anglicans, Presbyterians and others), situated along the north east coast of Marlborough’s wine country. Seasonally, hundreds of workers come to our region and they are mainly Ni-Vanuatu. Our church has been instrumental in assisting with their Pastoral Care and, they say to me, “Mama Dawn, come to our islands!”  It will be helpful and a real blessing to meet them at home with their families and in their villages. I doubt there will be time to see them all, however I will do my best as these workers are valued and loved by communities throughout New Zealand, many of whom would appreciate being able to sow back given a window of opportunity.

I am an ordained priest in the Diocese of Nelson on a year’s Leave of Absence. Though the preaching / teaching aspect of my skill set will have limited use due to the Reformed Presbyterian nature of Talua, l nevertheless aim to encourage the students, both women and men, to be all that God has called them to be. Other employment expectations include leading weekly devotions and showing hospitality, both of which I love. 

I have been a member of Nelson’s Diocesan Overseas Mission Council for fifteen years, chairing the Tikanga Pakeha arm of Anglican Missions and serving these past six years as a member of the Board. I absolutely believe that in order to make the best global mission decisions on that Board it is good to experience the challenges our neighbors in the vulnerable Pacific Rim currently face and learn to recognise opportunities to serve in other nations. As a teenager I taught at St Andrew’s School, Tongatapu, and am aware that when God plants the seed to serve cross-culturally in one’s heart, it does not pass, but flourishes for a lifetime in a myriad ways for His glory.

4 thoughts on “Introducing Dawn

  1. Wow, Dawn, I will keep you in my prayers – as usual, and pray that this year will be a really healthy, fruitful one for you,
    God bless

  2. We are delighted to welcome you Dawn into the NZCMS team as a Short Term Mission Partner and look forward to connecting more with the Church in Vanuatu.

  3. Kia ora Dawn, what a gift you will be to the people at Talua. With all your talents, skills, and passion, your ministry in that area will bear fruit for many generations. Thank you for sharing your ‘next step’ and perhaps one day I may visit you there. With prayers – and Advent blessings: that we may be shaped in this time to bear the Christchild. Me karakia tātou:

    He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua
    Honour and glory to God
    He maungārongo ki te whenua
    Peace on Earth
    He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
    Goodwill to all people
    Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
    Lord, develop a new heart
    Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
    Inside all of us
    Whakatōngia to wairua tapu
    Instil in us your sacred spirit
    Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
    Help us, guide us
    Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā
    In all the things we need to learn today
    Amine.

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