"The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends!" — Unknown
Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings. My name is Ropeta Mene-Tulia. I am 38 years old, married with three beautiful children and I hail from the 'ruby mad' nation of Samoa. I'm in my final year of study at Vision College completing a Diploma in Ministry (Internship). As part of my study I have gained the opportunity to serve at NZCMS as an intern.
As a New Zealand born Samoan growing up in Aotearoa, the thought of being a missionary was very foreign. In fact, the thought still remains quite foreign. Yet, the Gospel is for all people and for all cultures – and Pacific people are part of that story.
My prayer is that through the work I am undertaking at NZCMS, and in partnership with the Pacific Christian community, the Lord will awaken the next generation of mission workers from Aotearoa - including many from Pacific communities. My passion is to see Pacific Christian communities in New Zealand invest in equipping and mobilising disciples of Jesus into all nations.
I am honoured and look forward to growing and learning during my time here at NZCMS.
Ia faamanuia atu le Atua (God Bless)
Fa’afetai tele lava (Thank you)
(Ropeta is to the right in the above picture.)