Adventure Graham

Snippets of Graham family adventures in faithfulness

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  1. oops..forgot to check the box for receiving your reply

    • Let me know if you don’t see my reply.

    • Callen–Did you see this response?

      Hi Callen! It’s great to hear from you! Where are you from? We have only lived in New Zealand for a few months so we are spending a lot of time getting to know our new home and culture. We have three primary responsibilities as missionaries in New Zealand. 1. Help build and grow a church that has struggled to reach out to young people and families. The church has become very small and has no idea how to reach out the neighbourhood. It’s our job to help our new family do that. 2. Help educate other pastors all across New Zealand. It can be hard for new pastors to learn to be pastors in New Zealand because they aren’t able to go to school in Australia and they have to work full time jobs while they are going to school. Also, many of them are from other countries like India, Samoa, and Tonga because they are learning in English, but they speak another language more easily. We are developing a way for all kinds of new pastors to get a college degree. 3. Our third job is to tell the story of what God is doing around the world!

      Right now, we are spending a lot of our time getting to know people and our new culture. We are asking a lot of questions. We are meeting with other organizations like the local schools, feeding organizations, and other pastors. We are learning about the needs here and about how to live well in New Zealand.

      We love living in New Zealand. In many ways, it looks a lot like the United States, but everything is a little bit different like driving on the opposite side of the road and using metric measurements instead of standard. It’s a beautiful country!!! There is so much to see and do. We live about 45 minutes from the beach and very near mountains. We like going on family bike rides along the river and exploring the many parks. We also love getting to interact with new cultures. We’re learning a lot about Indian and Pacific Island cultures, which means we’ve been feed some delicious new foods, heard new languages, learned new words, and are making lots of new friends!

      I love your questions!! Feel free to ask more!

      –Elizabeth

  2. Hi! I’m Callen and I’m 8 years old. I’m doing a project for Awanas and I’m hoping you will respond to me by answering a few questions. What do you do as a missionary? What is it like being a missionary? How is it like living in New Zealand? Thank you for giving up your time!

    • Hi Callen! It’s great to hear from you! Where are you from? We have only lived in New Zealand for a few months so we are spending a lot of time getting to know our new home and culture. We have three primary responsibilities as missionaries in New Zealand. 1. Help build and grow a church that has struggled to reach out to young people and families. The church has become very small and has no idea how to reach out the neighbourhood. It’s our job to help our new family do that. 2. Help educate other pastors all across New Zealand. It can be hard for new pastors to learn to be pastors in New Zealand because they aren’t able to go to school in Australia and they have to work full time jobs while they are going to school. Also, many of them are from other countries like India, Samoa, and Tonga because they are learning in English, but they speak another language more easily. We are developing a way for all kinds of new pastors to get a college degree. 3. Our third job is to tell the story of what God is doing around the world!

      Right now, we are spending a lot of our time getting to know people and our new culture. We are asking a lot of questions. We are meeting with other organizations like the local schools, feeding organizations, and other pastors. We are learning about the needs here and about how to live well in New Zealand.

      We love living in New Zealand. In many ways, it looks a lot like the United States, but everything is a little bit different like driving on the opposite side of the road and using metric measurements instead of standard. It’s a beautiful country!!! There is so much to see and do. We live about 45 minutes from the beach and very near mountains. We like going on family bike rides along the river and exploring the many parks. We also love getting to interact with new cultures. We’re learning a lot about Indian and Pacific Island cultures, which means we’ve been feed some delicious new foods, heard new languages, learned new words, and are making lots of new friends!

      I love your questions!! Feel free to ask more!

  3. Elizabeth,
    It was a pleasure and blessing to be a part of Summer Adventure. I am happy to have met you and to have worked with you. I was impressed with your kindness, gentleness, and love for people. I believe our encounter to be a God thing and meant to contact you sooner to say “I shall keep you, your husband, and your son in my daily prayers, as you share the message of Jesus Christ in New Zealand. I found and read the Graham Blog, so I feel up-to-date. I am happy you are a new friend. God bless you all. Linda

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