(Feature photo courtesy of zicasso.com and all other photos courtesy of Gwyneth Walsh)
Gwyneth Walsh: Missionary in New Zealand
By Selma Komisky
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses; commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)
This institute in New Zealand got its start in September 2010. The number of students has changed over the years as the ministry has grown, but the past few semesters they have had between 25 and 30 students and interns. Each year there are two semesters, each composed of 15 weeks. Each semester offers around six or seven classes. They offer verse by verse and chapter by chapter studies through both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, a women’s class in James, Ruth, and Song of Solomon, as well as a prayer class. In addition to the regular academic classes offered at the Bible college, a 10-day outreach in and out of New Zealand and a few weekend outreach and travel trips around New Zealand are also offered.
Walsh also oversees the women’s ministry on campus at the Bible institute which includes women’s classes, one-on-one discipleship, intern ladies’ class, staff ladies’ fellowship, and girls’ prayer. She also teaches, supports, and leads worship at local church ladies’ studies and retreats. She states: “The heart of Calvary Chapel Bible Institute New Zealand is to make disciples and send them out to plant churches in and around New Zealand and the countries of the Pacific Rim. Our main ministry is discipleship to raise up and send out!”
She continues: “It is encouraging to see His work in the ladies in the churches we minister at, to see them growing in Him, being raised up to serve in many different ways and to see how they desire to meet together and grow in His Word, while also living out all they are learning in their daily lives here in New Zealand.”
In her family life, Walsh has been instrumental with her two children. Jordan (22) recently graduated from the University of Auckland and has an increased desire to help the people of New Zealand, particularly the youth. His desire is to participate in youth ministry as he has a heart to come alongside the next generation. Rebekah (19) currently works at a bakery. Last year she attended Victoria University in Wellington and in August she will be attending the School of Missions at CCBCE in Hungary. She has a heart to go and serve on the mission field. Both of her children followed in her and her husband’s footsteps.
In closing Walsh says: “There is no better place than to be in the Lord’s will however challenging it may be at times. My faith has been encouraged by watching the Lord change the lives of His people amongst the student body here in the Bible school and the churches despite anything we do. Also, I love to see some come to know Christ for the first time as we witness amongst our community in various ways. One of my favorite things to do is to stand back and watch God work through His faithful servants.”
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