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Steve’s Sabatical

It’s nearly seven years since I started with NZCMS. I’ve learned a lot and have seen God do amazing things in and through NZCMS. People often ask: Steve, when do you ever take a break? I’m grateful that Council have approved a three month study leave next year. As I will be taking annual leave as well, the Maina family plan to leave New Zealand for five months (28 Nov 2015 to 29 April 2016). We’ll be based in Kenya most of the time.

I have three goals in mind for my study.

  • A study tour of Israel.

  • To investigate ‘reverse mission’ models in England to see how NZCMS could help the Church in New Zealand receive the gifts of the global Church.

  • Find spiritual refreshment through prayer, reading, retreats and meeting with leaders.


  • Please pray this time will bring fresh perspectives and renewed energy and also for great connections with friends, family and our sending churches in Kenya.

    While I’m away, Lesley Smith (Personnel Director) will be taking up some of my role as the Acting National Director. To assist with the Personnel role, we are grateful that Maureen Harley (former NZCMS Mission Partner in Cambodia) will come on staff from November on a part time basis as Personnel Assistant.

    Thank you for your support over the years. May you know Christ’s unending joy this Christmas.