The South Pacific region is as varied as it is vast. With many student groups and movements geographically isolated, opportunities to gather together as a region for fellowship and training are invaluable.
At the SPARC regional conference every four years, students are encouraged to think missionally about their campus, country and region. This has helped to foster an eagerness among the students to pioneer work in new places. Students started IFES movements in Vanuatu and in the Solomon Islands in 2008 and 2013 respectively. Students in New Zealand and Fiji have recently launched new groups as well, supported by the IFES Breaking New Ground project.
While this kind of student initiative is worth celebrating, those involved in student ministry are confronted with a range of challenges. The Pacific Islands experience problems of corruption, broken families and a culture of passivity. New Zealand and Australia are both heavily influenced by secular Western culture, and are seeing a hostile secularism spread across campuses. In this changing context, national movements are equipping their students to share the gospel with their friends and be agents of change on campus.
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
SIU-CFSolomon Islands Universities' Christian FellowshipMain Contact:Godfrey Male
PSFCPacific Students for ChristMain Contact:Ma'afu Palu
GNYFGud Nius Yunivesiti FelosipMain Contact:Joel Atwood
- 6Affiliated movements
- 1Pioneering movement
- 4,000students in largest movement (AFES Australia)
- 12students in smallest movement (PSFC Tonga)