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A Multicultural Event at Wilson Street Baptist Church

 

Let us pray for the multicultural event that will unfold at Wilson Street Baptist Church on 20 April 2013 – 7:30 in the evening.

I believe that the evening of praise and worship is just the first event for the multicultural response that the Lord God has started with Wilson Street Baptist Church.

Those who are living in South Canterbury area, you are all invited to come and join. Please read the text below for more information.

Evening of Praise & Worship   Wilson Street Multicultural Response

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

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South Canterbury – Tell a Friend Best Family Group Entry

Thank you!

South Canterbury Tell a Friend Award

 

Our family is grateful for the award that the South Canterbury – Tell a Friend contest organizers gave. The prizes are just awesome.

Joining the Tell-a-Friend contest has given us the opportunity to meet new friends, integrate with Timaru community and gain internet marketing knowledge.

While there’s no perfect place in this world, we say that there are many reasons for beautiful living in South Canterbury.

To God be the glory! Praise Him.

We just can’t stop thinking about South Canterbury.

Watch this video to know more:

South Canterbury – Tell a Friend from South Canterbury NZ on Vimeo.

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Finding Peace in South Canterbury

South Canterbury Article

Then he found South Canterbury, in the world’s most peaceful place to live in, New Zealand.

South Canterbury reminds him of Iloilo; a fusion of a quiet life in the rural and the progressive life in the urban.

“It’s like a rural town in the Philippines with first class amenities, low traffic volume, fewer people and relaxed atmosphere,” he said.

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Stafford Street, Timaru

Even the old colonial buildings along Stafford Street would remind you of Iloilo City’s Calle Real, he added.

Apart from being home to scenic spots, the place is also perfect for those with temper for insects. Why? Jonan said that since August last year, he never saw any cockroach, rat and even ants crawling on sugar or sweets.

FINDING PEACE

“Migrating to New Zealand and moving to South Canterbury is one great journey for our family,” he shared.

As a pastor, he never forgets to share his faith through his blog “From Worry To Glory

His blog has testimonies of faith, hope and love with the prayer that those who read it will be inspired to go on with life and move forward despite difficult circumstances.

Lucky that NZ is a democratic country, Jonan was also able to continue sharing the same faith with his fellow Filipinos at JIL Life Group and Kiwi friends at Wilson Street Baptist Church.

FILIPINOS IN SOUTH CANTERBURY

South Canterbury Association of Filipinos
JIL Life Group Filipinos attending the South Canterbury Association of Filipinos Christmas party in December 2012.
Filipino dairy farm workers
Meeting Filipino dairy farm workers having picnic at Caroline Bay Park.

 

Compared to other areas in the world, the number of Filipinos in South Canterbury remains minimal.

I see three types of Filipino migrants here in South Canterbury – Filipinas who married a Kiwi, OFW (overseas Filipino worker) on a work contract and Filipino professionals who migrated singly or with their family members.

Known for its vast pasture, there are also lots of Filipinos manning the dairy farms. Others work as labourers in big factories for potato processing and farm products packaging.

In the last quarter of 2012, there were 22 Filipinos who arrived to layout fiber optics cables in Timaru. There are also a few working in information technology jobs, administrative, health and social services.

Caroline Bay Port Timaru
Filipinos fishing at nearby Caroline Bay Port.

 

South Canterbury is migrant-friendly. The NZ government has instituted the Citizens Advice Bureau to help her citizens including new migrants for common settlement issues.

Organized in almost every suburb, they have free seminars and orientation for newcomers. All you need to do is visit their office, enquire and enlist in the programs they are offering for new migrants.

Those who wanted to visit or live in South Canterbury must apply through the Immigration New Zealand.

Caroline Bay Carnival
Each year, the Caroline Bay Carnival offers a week-long evening of concerts and entertainment for Timaruvians.

THE KIWIS

Just like Filipinos, Jonan said that Kiwi people also greet each other on the streets.

“Besides meeting and getting-to-know us, they offered help if you need one. Because of that, we feel at home and it’s like we’ve been here for a long time already,” he said.

He also admired how the Kiwis respect their government system. While security in Philippine malls remains questionable, in New Zealand, there is no single security guard in malls and even in banks.

Aside from obedience of the law, Filipino values like “palabra de honor” and honesty are also practiced by the Kiwis.

Caroline Bay Board Walk
The board walk at Caroline Bay is a beautiful place to walk through while enjoying the very relaxing view at any time on a sunny day.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Jade Mark Jarbadan, Emer-son Reyes, Jewel Kwe
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NOTE WELL:

Karen Bermejo is a Filipino journalist, writing for The News Today, a local newspaper based in Iloilo City circulating in Western Visayas. She also writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She hopes to inspire people through her column “En Route”, which features stories of success, struggle and opportunity for Filipinos living, working and aspiring to go abroad.

Karen’s article “Finding Peace in South Canterbury” appeared on The News Today Libre 22 February 2013 edition.

From Worry To Glory added some photos to enhance this blog post.

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Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International – A Blessed Encounter

 

I learned about the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International through my friend and brother in Christ, Errol James, one of their leaders here in Timaru.

This world-wide organization started in New Zealand in 1969 and chapters all over the country continue to meet. Their goal is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through fellowship, testimonies and sharing.

What privilege and opportunity to share God’s testimony of faith, hope and love with the FGBMFI Timaru chapter. Praises and glory be to our God.

Please pray for this event and include us and the organization in your prayers.

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International

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How the Article Appeared on The Timaru Herald

 

Our family and friends in Timaru, Auckland, New Zealand, and Philippines are so happy reading the article, “Pastor’s blog becomes ad for South Canterbury” published on the The Timaru Herald 17 January 2013 edition.

Kin and friends from US, Europe, Australia and other places of the world whom we have constant contact through Facebook, ‘shared’ and ‘liked’ the article.

The printed paper showed a teaser at the upper left part of masthead.
The printed paper showed a teaser at the upper left part of the masthead.

 

Thank you dear Lord God for your wonderful creation in South Canterbury, which inspire us not only to write about it but to always sing “How Great Thou Art“. Above all these awesome wonders is the humanity whom you created and redeemed through your son, Jesus Christ.

It was one of the Editor’s pick and became the most popular viewed article of the day. As of writing, the article had garnered 105 Facebook ‘Like’ and Tweeted 15 times.

Our post “Reasons for Beautiful Living in South Canterbury” got 81 visits; 73 of which came through the Timaru Herald website.

Timaru Herald Tweeted about blog

 

At 6:30 morning, Timaru Herald tweeted: “South Canterbury now international news, thanks to blog by Timaru pastor.”

Through Google analytics and other similar software, website managers could track website visits (or online traffic) as to source and located and other data.

You might wonder how the article “Pastor’s blog becomes ad for South Canterbury” appeared on the printed ‘The Timaru Herald’.

See the photo below:

The Timaru Herald page

Read the full article online by CLICKING the image.

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Our Blog is on The Timaru Herald

 

It’s so amazing how events could lead to having From Worry To Glory appear on the page of The Timaru Herald. Wow, I could just smile in gratefulness.

The Timaru Herald is one big daily newspaper circulated in the New Zealand districts of Timaru, South Canterbury and Otago.

Please CLICK on the image below to read the article.

South Canterbury

Thank you ‘The Timaru Herald’ and Megan Miller!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!