After almost two years on the job, SIM New Zealand Director Rob Reynolds finds it means many different tasks.
The Director’s job is quite varied – this year, I’ve done building repair on Olwyn Keyte’s house (just think: God using my building skills in this role!), responded to several crisis situations, visited and spoke in churches, represented SIM overseas at Global Assembly, visited mission partners (to understand, encourage, and support), met people at the airport, sent people off at the airport, shared at prayer groups, begun formulating our strategic plan, provided leadership as Vice-Chairman with the Missions Interlink board – all alongside the day-to-day duties of leading an office and learning/staying current with mission in New Zealand and internationally.
“Some days I find myself planning for SIM New Zealand’s long term, the next day I might be talking with a parent of one of our mission partners who is concerned about their child, and the next day might have me working on the next step for partners unable to renew their visa in their serving country.
“I see my role as a servant leader to our mission partners, our team, and our support relationships here in New Zealand. My job is to ensure our partners have every reason to serve long-term. I also see my role as a mission spokesperson to the church in New Zealand as they engage with what God is doing elsewhere. We are a herald to the church — that voice which rallies for mission so that it’s integral to the churches’ identity.
“Things I love:
– To hunt, fish, hike, read, and play games (I don’t get enough time to do them as much as I’d like).
– Being in a role where I can serve and encourage others… I pinch myself to think that God can use me in this role.
– New Zealand. We came here 7½ years ago thinking we would stay a year or two. It didn’t take long for us to realise this is our home now.
“DaNae and I have been married 27 years this August. We have 2 boys – Caleb (20) and Aedan (13).”
Like our partners overseas, Rob needs to raise support and his support level is currently at about 78%. Can you help? (Support for NZ-based staff can be used for tax deductions). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Dickinson (SIM NZ Board Chairman) says:
“When we think of missions we think most often of the ‘missionaries out there’ and in the process sometimes forget the people ‘back here’ who are the facilitators for them. These are the people who help them to the place where they are going, help them on the journey, keep in touch with them out in the field and welcome them home when they return. These are the people God has set in place to help the missionaries be set in ‘their place’.
“My challenge, and may I be bold and say our challenge, is to recognise and honour these people as unto God in the support we can give them in every possible way.”