South Pacific

The South Pacific covers one third of the earth’s surface. Australia and New Zealand are highly developed countries (Australia has the world’s 12th largest economy) in contrast to the smaller islands where agriculture, fishing and tourism are the major industries. China is having an increasing economic impact on the region.


Student ministry in the South Pacific

  • active in 6 countries – Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia
  • growing work in Vanuatu
  • largest movement - Australia (4000 students)
  • smallest movement - Tonga (a dozen students)

Student movements in the South Pacific region face a wide-range of challenges: from rampant secularism in Australia and New Zealand to economic and political instability in Fiji; from the geographic isolation of Tonga to the challenge of indigenous practices in parts of Papua New Guinea. 

Particularly encouraging is the growth in partnerships of Australia and New Zealand with other IFES movements in the region. Their South Pacific Regional Conferences (SPaRC) every four years enable students across the region to enjoy fellowship in the gospel and grow in their vision for student ministry. AFES also hosts an annual National Training Event to transform students by the gospel into disciples of Christ and disciple-makers of the nations for his glory. Students across the South Pacific and many parts of the world are now joining this conference.


Please pray:

  • for small island movements where there are very few or no staff workers, that God will sustain and grow the students to a mature faith;
  • for students to be equipped for leadership at the national and regional conferences;
  • for God to raise up more staff and encourage the ministry of graduate volunteers;
  • for growth in the ministry to international students, especially in Australia and New Zealand.

Sep 08

Awakening a sleeping giant: reviving graduate ministry in Fiji

Sitting on the bus on my way to Lautoka Fiji, I was gazing at the beautiful and majestic Sleeping Giant mountain range. Suddenly God brought into my heart an insight - that reviving a graduate fellowship is like waking up a sleeping giant.

Mar 19

Vanuatu: students weather the storm

Posted by Penny Vinden

Scripture Union Vanuatu’s camp near the capital city, Port Vila. Top photo: before Cyclone Pam. Bottom photo: after Cyclone Pam, the buildings are destroyed, but clean-up is beginning.

As Cyclone Pam approached the island nation of Vanuatu on 13 March, people prepared for the worst. For the thousands living in houses made only of wood with tin roofs, there was little that could be done when the storm hit.

Jan 20

Eight (human) reasons why IFES is unmissable!

Posted by Penny Vinden

These TSCF students are all gearing up for a new academic year. Left to right: Garth, Richard, Shery, Kat, Hannah, Shaun.


Ever wonder what students think about their involvement in an IFES group? Tim Hodge, staff worker with TSCF New Zealand, asked eight students he had worked with how being involved with TSCF has affected them. He was thrilled by what they said – and I hope you are too.


AFES Australia: National Training Event - Glorious Dust

There is a lot of confusion today in our culture about what it means to be human. To be human is to be made in the image of God. Our origins are high and holy, but in Adam we have fallen a great distance from what God intended us to be. Sin now affects every aspect of our being. Our only hope is found in a new Adam. Through Christ, the Last Adam, God begins to renew his image in us. NTE 2014 

Apr 03

Fast and slow

Posted by Andy Shudall

I'm choosing to Live Life, life to its fullest - I'm going fast in order to go slow, or rather I'm going to fast which will mean living at a slower pace.

There is a choice for me - to live simpler, eat simpler.

IFES South Pacific

David Walter

Regional Secretary

AFES National Office
P.O Box 684.
Kingsford, NSW 2032

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