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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:

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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.

Posted in Living in New Zealand Now, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

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

Posted in Gigatown Timaru, Inspirational, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living

Do You Feel Gloomy and Hopeless? Take Inspiration from Nick Vujicic

 

Nick Vujicic is a very good example of a person who has overcome the odds he has in life.

Nick was born without limbs. Growing up, he suffered a lot emotionally, mentally and physically. He made the choice to end his misery and follow the path to success.

He married and they will soon have a baby.

Watch this video and learn how he overcame successfully his life’s odds.

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Reasons For Beautiful Living in South Canterbury

 

A beauty to behold, a beauty to think and to feel about, and a beauty to be remembered.
Dr. Juanito M. Acanto

South Canterbury

Our simple aspiration in life is to find a peaceful place to live and use to the fullest the gifts that God has given us.

We found it in New Zealand. We lived initially in Auckland for nine months then moved to Timaru on 14 August 2012.

We love the place, the weather and the friendly people. The surrounding towns of South Canterbury are such lovely places for its tourist destinations, history, and placid environment.

It didn’t take us a month to realize it’s easy to live a happy life in South Canterbury. Let me give you two reasons.

South Canterbury is home and gateway to popular scenic spots

Lake Tekapo South Canterbury

Church of the Good Shepherd South Canterbury

Two hours away from Timaru is Lake Tekapo. A trip to Lake Tekapo is just like finding a trove of treasures that gives lasting happiness.

Walking along the stony shores of Lake Tekapo or wading into its cool crystal clear waters make you realize you’re really in an awesome place.

Don’t fail to take a pose at the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Read her brief history and feel the solemnity inside, you would surely wish to renew wedding vows in the hallowed halls of this famous church.

Then drive for 10-15 minutes up the popular Mt. John Observatory and spend time appreciating the 360⁰ view at Astro Cafe. Surely, these are the best of times spend with friends and family.

Astro Cafe Mt. John Observatory Visiting Lake Tekapo is just like stepping into a real-life movie scene.

At Timaru, the heart of South Canterbury, Caroline Bay gives a very relaxing beat

The dune boardwalk gives you access to beautifully planted and cared sand dunes of Caroline Bay.

Tired and stressed after the day’s work?

Not feeling well, suffering from colds or whatever infirmity?

Take a walk at Caroline Bay, through the pathways, the board walk, and stroll along the beach, you will be refreshed and healed.

I can’t understand it but each time I go promenading at Caroline Bay, feeling the sea breeze, hearing the sound of surf, seeing seagulls flying and playing freely my mind relaxes and my soul quiets.

Caroline Bay South Canterbury

Caroline Bay South Canterbury

Caroline Bay Fitness Trail is a two-kilometer walk with stops at exercise and fitness equipment.

They are located strategically in the park so that capable fitness buffs could enjoy the bay and park views while exercising.

Caroline Bay South Canterbury

Many friendships are forged at the playground.

The paddling pool at Caroline Bay is the children's favorite.

Anytime on a sunny day is great time for picnic and frolic at Caroline Bay.

Kids may go and play at the playground while parents sit and relax under the sun.

It’s at the Caroline Bay playground where children share and play together at the swings, slides, and other rides, winning friends in the process.

As a migrant and pilgrim in search of a place of peace and happy living for my family, South Canterbury is the best place to begin.

Isn’t it lovely to see that the rich and poor, young and old, able and not-so-able can have the same chance to experience and enjoy these reasons for happy living in South Canterbury?

Like the old Timaru Lighthouse that had guided many ships to Caroline Bay Port, may your dreams of beautiful life guide and lead you to come, visit and live in South Canterbury.

Timaru Lighthouse South Canterbury

For more information click this link—>VISIT, LIVE, WORK, DO BUSINESS SOUTH CANTERBURY

Photo Credits: Jade Jarbadan, Jewel Kwe

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Claiming God’s Faithfulness – How God Helped Us in Moving To Timaru

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Talking about God’s faithfulness, what comes to mind right away is one of my favourite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Indeed, we have the faithful God who really fulfils His promise.

Jesus’ statement in Mark 11:24 is a very powerful statement. He is telling his disciples to have faith. For me, there’s no greater power than praying and believing that Jesus Christ will faithfully deliver what you are asking for.

The verse is not just a simple positive statement that is designed to encourage someone who’s in dire need. There is power to the statement because first, Jesus Christ said it and second, what Jesus says is true.

Our moving to Timaru in August 2012 is one faith journey full of answered prayers. As there are plenty of stories to tell, let me just share two instances of answered prayers.

God moves people to help us

When David Brown, one of our home group leaders, volunteered to take us to Auckland airport. We really appreciate David’s offer, which is also another answered prayer. He asked who would pick up and drive us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru.

I told him that when we went to Timaru on July 31 for my wife’s job interview, we met a Filipino couple at the Auckland Airport.

When they learned that we’re moving to Timaru, they volunteered to pick us up at Christchurch airport. They live in Lincoln.

On August 13, as I was helping Pastor Colin and Tony in loading our furniture on the trailer, my mobile phone rang. It was the Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln. He affirmed his commitment to take us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru. I told him that our flight is on Tuesday.

Towards late afternoon, Jewel got a call from her employer that they have arranged a car rental for us. I phoned our kababayan (fellowmen) about the development and thanked him for his offer of help.

I thank and praise God for His overwhelming support and provision.

A favourable car switchover

While on the plane to Christchurch on 14 August 2012, I can’t help but think about the number of baggage we’re bringing.

After learning that our bulk of things will arrive to Timaru a week later, we brought along things we need upon arrival at our rented place.

As the car rental reserved a subcompact car for us, I’m pretty sure that we would be fully loaded. Well, I just prayed for God’s travelling mercy and resolved to drive very slowly and surely.

In Christchurch Airport, with our two trolleys of baggage, we approached the Avis Car Rental desk and asked for the car reserved for us.

We were much surprised when the Avis woman asked is it okay if we take a Toyota Highlander to Timaru instead of the subcompact reserved for us.

She explained that the Toyota Highlander needs to be returned to Timaru. She assured us that we will just be paying the same rate and there would be no more return fee for the car.

I could only utter my thanksgiving and praises after realizing how the Lord God Almighty facilitated our specific needs in moving to Timaru.

Indeed, great is your faithfulness O Lord! We bring all our prayers to You, asking and claiming your great faithfulness

Again, to our brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

Do you have a testimony to share? Share it to us by posting a comment below. Thank you.

Posted in Faith, Living in New Zealand Now, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

Claiming God’s Faithfulness – Moving To Timaru

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Talking about God’s faithfulness, what comes to mind right away is one of my favourite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Indeed, we have the faithful God who really fulfils His promise.

Jesus’ statement in Mark 11:24 is a very powerful statement. He is telling his disciples to have faith. For me, there’s no greater power than praying and believing that Jesus Christ will faithfully deliver what you are asking for.

The verse is not just a simple positive statement that is designed to encourage someone who’s in dire need. There is power to the statement because first, Jesus Christ said it and second, what Jesus says is true.

Our recent transfer to Timaru is one faith journey full of answered prayers. As there are plenty of stories to tell, let me just share two instances of answered prayers.

The Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln

When David Brown, one of our home group leaders, volunteered to take us to Auckland airport. We really appreciate David’s offer, which is also another answered prayer. He asked who would pick up and drive us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru.

I told him that when we went to Timaru on July 31 for my wife’s job interview, we met a Filipino couple at the Auckland Airport. When they learned that we’re moving to Timaru, they volunteered to pick us up at Christchurch airport. They live in Lincoln.

On August 13, as I was helping Pastor Colin and Tony in loading our furniture on the trailer, my mobile phone rang. It was the Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln. He affirmed his commitment to take us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru. I told him that our flight is on Tuesday.

Towards late afternoon, Jewel got a call from her employer that they have arranged a car rental for us. I phoned our kababayan (fellowmen) about the development and thanked him for his offer of help.

I thank and praise God for His overwhelming support and provision.

A favourable car switchover

While on the plane to Christchurch on 14 August 2012, I can’t help but think about the number of baggage we’re bringing.

After learning that our bulk of things will arrive to Timaru a week later, we brought along things we need upon arrival at our rented place.

As the car rental reserved a subcompact car for us, I’m pretty sure that we would be fully loaded. Well, I just prayed for God’s travelling mercy and resolved to drive very slowly and surely.

In Christchurch Airport, with our two trolleys of baggage, we approached the Avis Car Rental desk and asked for the car reserved for us.

We were much surprised when the Avis woman asked is it okay if we take a Toyota Highlander to Timaru instead of the subcompact reserved for us.

She explained that the Toyota Highlander needs to be returned to Timaru. She assured us that we will just be paying the same rate and there would be no more return fee for the car.

I could only utter my thanksgiving and praises after realizing how the Lord God Almighty facilitated our specific needs in moving to Timaru.

Indeed, great is your faithfulness O Lord! We bring all our prayers to You, asking and claiming your great faithfulness

Again, to our brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

Do you have a testimony to share where God lift you from worry to glory? Share it to us by posting a comment below. Thank you.