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Reaching the Nations from our Doorstep


After lockdown last year and as I went through my week of debriefing with NZCMS, I found myself asking “What could I, a retired missionary and rather weird senior citizen, do?"The debriefing showed me how I was going in adjusting to New Zealand life, where I’ve come and how I can go forward.

I’m an encourager and I have a real love for people. When St. Paul's Symonds St, my home church, reopened after the first lockdown in 2020, I discovered they had an international ministry for students. So I asked if I could help. I joined them on their Wednesday "Free lunch and English conversation" sessions they had. St. Pauls is right between Auckland University and the University of Technology so there are heaps of people walking past! People from Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria - you name it!  I learned that Auckland City is amongst the top five most cosmopolitan cities in the world! 

For many of these people who attend, it’s the first time they’ve ever been in a church. We have about 20 people who volunteer, from many nations and backgrounds. And each and every one of them serves so that they can eventually help those who attend come to Jesus.  

The leader is Jeremy – a Korean man who has just the right laidback leadership style for this. Some of those who attend are lonely, dispirited, financially struggling and/or poor in English. But most are also willing for prayer. One time a very troubled young woman came in for the lunch. She was from Sri Langka. As one friend of mine Grace and I chatted and prayed for her, it surfaced that she was a Buddhist. I thought “Oh I'm out of my depth here.” But Grace told her of her Buddhist background and how she came to Christ. And the woman responded! It's so encouraging to see some come to Christ and grow in Him.

After attending the lunch they're then invited to join a Thursday night Worship and Bible study or the Friday English lessons that the church runs. When their time in NZ is finished, some of the people have gone back to their countries of origin and started Bible studies and even churches!

More recently, I've joined the Church prayer team. One day as I made my way to the front to stand with the other prayer team members during a response time - and telling myself that I am a very inadequate prayer team member - a young Indonesian Muslim woman came up to me with a cry in her heart to get closer to God! I was able to lead her to Jesus and after just one week she is looking so much happier and has also found an Indonesian woman in her office who is also a Christian. Isn't that incredible! Who knows what else God has in store for her.

Recently my beloved sister died in November. Her sickness was one of my main reasons for returning. I still don’t have a place to live yet. But I have found ministry and I am believing in God for more.

If you would like to know more about how you can learn to engage with the nations on your doorstep see our events here.










Dianne Bayley, Former Mission Partner

6 thoughts on “Reaching the Nations from our Doorstep

  1. Wonderful Dianne, so encouraging. I too as a returned missionary from Thailand have found great joy in reaching internationals on our doorstep, especially Japanese students. Some of whom I have had ongoing Zoom Bible studies during 2020 as they have returned back to Japan. The doors a wide open. Pray for more workers to bring in the harvest.

  2. That is a fantastic start to being at home. This morning I will pray you find the right place to live. Judy

    1. Thank you! God is amazing as we know!! I have really wanted to get a unit in Selwyn Village Point Chev Auckland City, to be close to my sister, close to my church and close to my old friends. Also, its community living, which I have been doing for 43 years in Phils. I showed my sister a small unit there I could afford. She said Dianne its too small. I will help you. She put my name down for the newbuild! For a long time we heard nothing. Then just recently God made a way , so that when the opening came, I could submit my request. I have made a deposit on a new unit with a sea view!! I am overcome, as I have never owned a place!

  3. A lovely piece. Thank you Diane. Praying that you may soon find a place to put down some roots.

    1. Thank you! God is amazing as we know!! I have really wanted to get a unit in Selwyn Village Point Chev Auckland City, to be close to my sister, close to my church and close to my old friends. Also, its community living, which I have been doing for 43 years in Phils. I showed my sister a small unit there I could afford. She said Dianne its too small. I will help you. She put my name down for the newbuild! For a long time we heard nothing. Then just recently God made a way , so that when the opening came, I could submit my request. I have made a deposit on a new unit with a sea view!! I am overcome, as I have never owned a place!

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