USIF-NZ Successfully Assists the 2020 Tov Mission Camp in New Zealand with the Collaboration of Myungsun Church and Waitakere College.
"2020 Tov Mission Camp", where "tov" means the Hebrew word "good", is a journey planned by Myungsun Chruch for students who are aspiring to be future good Christian global leaders. The trip was planned to be a three-week adventure in New Zealand, where students were given a chance to enrich their views of the world through constant training and experiencing another culture.
USIF-NZ was asked by Myungsun Church to assist them in planning and commencing the trip. With the help of Waitakere College, USIF-NZ managed to help the students experience the wonders of New Zealand and have a successful cultural exchange with other New Zealanders. USIF-NZ was also in charge of housing and catering the students in the programme.
dThe students also stayed at New Zealand households and experience the school life of New Zealand for a week. Moreover, the secondary and tertiary students under USIF-NZ have volunteered to assist the mission camp students and introduce their long-term experiences of New Zealand. Some of the students went further, as they gave up their vacation and helped the programme throughout the whole trip.
Beyond this, the students got closer in knowing what the Lord has planned for their lives through the programme. Along with the breathtaking experiences of New Zealand, they were trained under Christian education with constant recreational events, worship sessions, and Bible studies. Many students have shared the change of their aspects in life throughout the end of the trip, and everyone safely returned to their country.
The USIF-NZ family is Accepting More Students in the Upcoming Year, Including More University Students.
While enabling the extension of stay for the previous batch of students, USIF-NZ has moved to a new location to be able to house more students this coming 2020. The information about the location has been updated in the 'CONTACT US' page in the USIF-NZ website.
As of this moment, some of the residing students completed their graduation ceremony while others have already left to their home countries to enjoy their vacation. All of the students who finished their senior secondary school have been accepted by tertiary institutes such as AUT, UOA, Unitec, and MIT.
USIF-NZ is also planning to open the 'Wesley House', a safe and practical shelter for students studying higher education. The place is going to accept 10 people, and would be located at Auckland City.
USIF-NZ Commences a New University Student Program that Supports Three Students from USI Studying at University of Auckland and UNITECH.
On the second half of 2019, three university students managed to arrive to New Zealand and get the support of USIF-NZ's new university student program. It is expected that this program would help train future New Zealand friendly Korean leaders.
The program also aims to create professionals based on Christian educational philosophy that is needed in New Zealand and contribute to the country's community.
Prior members of the USIF-NZ family were happy to welcome the new students.
International Students Enjoy the 100 Million Public Transport Trips Celebration by Auckland Transport
On 23 June 2019, Auckland Transport celebrated the fact that there were more than 100 million public transport trips in Auckland for the past year. In return to the public, they offered free rides on public transport including ferry services. It was perceived as a great achievement because there has not been that much public travel since 1951, and having more people use public transport instead of private ones is beneficial to the environment.
The students of USIF-NZ did not miss this chance. After their worship service, the students took the ferry ride from the coasts in Auckland to Mount Victoria. They enjoyed the stunning night views of Auckland and returned home safely.
International Students Celebrate Easter by Joining a Volunteer Service to Help the Homeless and Sharing Easter Eggs.
The family of USIF-NZ decided to celebrate Easter by remembering its true meaning; commemorating the love of Jesus Christ. Even long before Easter came, the students have planned on how they could share the love that they received from the Lord. One of the ideas was to share easter eggs with the message of the good news about Christ's love.
After their worship service in the morning, the family of USIF-NZ went to the city of Auckland to assist a volunteer group that helps the unhoused. Along with the food, they shared the easter eggs that they prepared the night before. They also sang a praise song for the people.
The students knew that they also have the capability to remind more people about the good news. Their reach did not end by helping the volunteer group as they have grouped themselves to volunteer in sharing God's love. They sang the hymn they practiced for the people walking by, and shared Easter eggs with the message of the Lord.
International Students Celebrate Waitangi Day by Performing Haka and Sharing Their Traditional Food with Neighbours
Almost half a month passed since the first batch of secondary students of USIF-NZ reached New Zealand.
On Waitangi Day this year, the family of USIF-NZ has decided to let the students celebrate the holiday in a special way.
The students first got to learn what day is Waitangi Day in order to know its significance. Then, they started to practise the Haka.
Waitangi Day happened to overlap with the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in East Asia overall.
As a way of celebrating both holidays, the students cooked their national food and shared it with their neighbours.
First Batch of Secondary Students from South Korea and Japan
For the past decade, USIF-NZ has operated a scholarship program for the undergraduate students.
Today, USIF-NZ has extend its support to not only undergraduate students, but also secondary students in its scholarship program. As of April 2019, 15 students from South Korea and Japan are being supported to study at three schools in Auckland.
USIF-NZ is developing more programs in order to accept a larger number of undergraduate and secondary students to create more people who will be friendly to New Zealand in their future.