These and other works of love and service,
In Jesus' name,
JOIN WITH US!
Our call to Vanuatu began in 1987, with an apostolic mission to evangelise and minister in churches across its many islands. While such ministry continues today, we have since responded to many deep needs in this precious nation, providing education through our network of schools, relief in times of disaster, and other ongoing health and agricultural programs that benefit the community.
All is done in Jesus’ name, with our eyes set on a brighter future for the people of Vanuatu. The last three decades have borne much fruit, and together with you, our ministries below continue to grow from strength to strength. Through Christ who strengthens us, we truly can do all things!
Our largest school is in Port Vila (LifeChanger Christian College Port Vila [previously PVCCS], pictured below), providing over 350 students with Pre-School to Year 13 classes, regular meals, and ongoing training in health, nutrition and agriculture, benefiting their whole family. Our graduates have a local reputation for being not only great and capable people, but excellent learners, which is one of the best life-long skills we could hope to impart!
This school represents the only accessible primary-to-secondary school option for our students. About 10% of the Ni-Vanuatu population complete high school, due mostly to its prohibitive costs. Through our LifeChanger schools, we are providing immense opportunity for the community, demonstrating the good news of Christ’s love both in “word and deed”! (Col 3:17)
Our first school in Vanuatu was established at Northgate Community Development Project in Tanna, in 1993. Our holistic program provided an international preschool-to-Year-9 curriculum, and training in health and agriculture (for both students and adults) — all taught from a Christian perspective.
In 2005, we expanded to Efate (Vanuatu’s main Island, where Port Vila is located) and registered Community Christian Schools Vanuatu (CCSV) as an Education Authority in Vanuatu, and our schools have continued to grow and thrive year by year.
Will you join with us as we serve the people of Vanuatu?
Short Term Teams
Short term teams from churches and schools across Australia love to visit our Vanuatu schools and Life Changer events, many returning annually. Their valued contributions include:
- Building and renovating facilities
- Ministry in villages
- Cultural exchange
- Classroom help, including lessons in conversational English, assisting of teaching staff and joining with student activities
- Professional development for teachers
Though these teams go to selflessly serve the people of Vanuatu, they are always deeply blessed themselves!
Ministry in Churches
Steve is an esteemed preacher and apostle in many nations, and the churches of Vanuatu have been greatly impacted by his ministry over the last thirty years. We continue to minister in churches across its islands, preaching the good news and inspiring believers in their walk with Jesus.
As a non-denominational ministry, we can move freely between the various churches of Vanuatu to bless and equip them with preaching and teaching, leadership training and resources.
Vanuatu is highly exposed to cyclones, often experiencing several per year with varying ferocity. In March 2015, Cyclone PAM hit Vanuatu with devastating force. It’s believed by many meteorologists to have been the strongest recorded storm to ever hit land in the southern hemisphere. Local crops were destroyed on almost all islands, which left the vast majority of Ni-Vanuatu people without food (approximately 80% are subsistence farmers, having nothing else to trade with.)
Since this time, we have re-housed over 1200 families who lost their homes in the cyclone (approximately 1060 roofs replaced and 200 homes built from scratch, with some building still in progress) and served over a million meals to those affected. The effects of this cyclone were compounded by a Pacific drought the followed immediately after, which made the regrowing of their own crops impossible for several months.
Our all-indigenous team now prepare materials for the building of these homes in our purpose-built workshop (pictured below). Homes are built to a standard plan and usually erected within a single day by our teams! The total cost per home (in AUD) is only $1600, thanks to the generosity of our industry partners.
In 2016, we started the exciting new work of drilling wells for needy Ni-Vanuatu villages without water supplies! This has immense impact on each community, meeting the most basic of human needs. Our drilling truck digs down to twenty metres depth, after which hand pumps are installed. Hygienically-drawn well water is much more sanitary than other local options, which often require long travel on foot carrying dirty water. The complete installation of a well and pump can be funded for only $400.
Christian Events and Evangelism
Our evangelistic events in Port Vila, under the name Life Changer, have met with overwhelming success. In 2015, our largest event spanned five nights and saw an attendance of 26,000 people, making it the largest Christian event in the history of Vanuatu. Almost fourteen thousand people responded to the gospel, and future events are expected to be larger still, in both scale and impact.
These huge meetings, along with smaller events, give us a stunning opportunity to share the gospel boldly and allow the people of Vanuatu to experience the power of the Holy Spirit for themselves. Thirty years of serving and loving the people of Vanuatu have given us the local trust and authority to freely run these events with not only the permission of local authorities, but their full support. With the cross-denominational involvement of local churches, this ministry has exceeded our boldest expectations.
Naturally, such efforts require tremendous resources and manpower to coordinate and facilitate. Will you join with us? Your prayers are vital and pave the way for these powerful events — or, if you’d like to contribute financially, donate below!